1. Are there rooms that can be reserved ahead of time?

Yes there are several different rooms available for students and faculty.  Check the room descriptions to see which room you'd like and use the reservations page to book the room.

2. Can I borrow books from other libraries?

Yes.  Look over the difference between LINK+ and interlibrary loan and choose the one that works best for you.

3. Can I print double-sided?

Yes.  Check the printing guidelines for instructions.

4. Can I print PowerPoint slides from the library computers?

Yes.  The printing guidelines will show the steps needed.

5. How do I cite an article?

Check the Writing Tools page for examples of basic citations.  If you are using an article in a databases look for an option to create a citation for that record.

6. How do I renew something I checked out at the library?

Books, laptops, and media from the PUC library and LINK+ can be renewed online with "My Account".  Renewals can also be done in person or by phone (6241).

To renew an item borrowed through regular interlibrary loan, send a request to ill@puc.edu.

7. How do I search for newspaper articles?

The library has several databases that include newspaper articles. Go to the databases page and select "News Sources" from the format menu. These databases can be searched by topic.

If you have a particular newspaper in mind, check the list of titles the library has available online.

You can also browse a list of local newspapers.

8. How do I use the public printers?

The printers in the lobby are networked to the public computers in the library. To release your print job, swipe your ID card at the release station next to the printers. You will not be charged. Review the printing guidelines for more details.

9. What is LINK+?

Over 60 academic and public libraries in California have agreed to share their collections through a free service called LINK+.  You can place a request online and the LINK+ courier service will deliver the book in 3 or 4 days--you will get an email when your material arrives. Books can be kept for 3 weeks and renewed once.

Some libraries will lend media material as well, although these usually have a 7 day limit.

Many LINK+ libraries allow a "Visiting Patron" service that will permit you to go another LINK+ library yourself and check out material with your PUC ID.

It is also possible to request a book and choose to pick it up at another LINK+ library. This "Pick Up Anywhere" option is useful if you need some books while home during a quarter break.

This service is for current students and faculty. Your ID is required to use the system.

Note that only material not available in the PUC library can be borrowed from a LINK+ library.

If you need something that isn't available through LINK+ (and this includes articles) use the regular interlibrary loan request forms.

Please talk to a reference librarian if you questions about LINK+.

Additonal LINK+ information
LINK+ catalog
List of all LINK+ libraries
Libraries allowing "Pick Up Anywhere"
Libraries open to a "Visiting Patron"
Regular interlibrary loan request forms

10. What is the Discovery search?

Discovery Search lets you use one search box to search most of the library’s databases simultaneously. You are searching dozens of resources including Academic Search Premiere, JSTOR, WorldCat, and CINAHL databases, as well as the library’s catalog.


Use this when you are getting started on a topic and are unsure which database to use or want to see a wide variety of resources.

Discovery Search results will include:

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Ebooks
  • Conference proceedings
  • Media
  • Dissertations

This is not a comprehensive search tool. When your topic is very specific you may also need to use a specialized database on that subject.

To make the most of Discovery Search, use the advanced search features and talk to a librarian.

11. What's a call number?

Each item in the library has a unique alpha-numeric label on the outside cover to identify the subject of the book. View an outline of how this works.

12. Where are the bathrooms?

  • On the lower floor - to the right when you reach the bottom of the stairwell
  • On the upper floor - to the right as you exit the stairwell
  • On the main floor - in the computer lab

13. Where are the course reserves?

Reserves are kept at the front desk in the library.  See the course reserve page for more information.

14. Where can I study in the library?

There are places to study on each level in the library. The main floor is for group study and areas for quiet study are found on the other levels.  Review a description of study spaces in the library to find a spot that suits you.
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