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Library Orientation

FINDING & REQUESTING BOOKS

Finding Books

 

How do I find out what books are in the library? Over 43,000 physical items and 290,000 eBooks are searchable through the SMC Library Catalog.

 

 
 
     Keep searches SIMPLE--use one to three important words, NOT a sentence
     Decide whether you are searching for:
  • Random words = Keyword search
  • A topic = Subject Search
  • An Author = Author Search (lastname, firstname)
  • Words in the title = Title Search

For each item included in the Search Results, the catalog displays the availability, the call number and the physical location within the library.

EBooks retrieved by your search will have a link within the item record that will take you directly to the full-text of the eBook. For off campus access, see the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS tab.  

 

How do I figure out where a book or DVD is on the shelf?  A call number is used to identify the exact location of an item on the shelf.  

  • Items with call number beginning with A-Z are located in the general circulating collection on the 2nd floor.
  • New books, reference book, DVDs, and popular fiction are located on the main floor of the library.

 

 

Requesting Books

 

What if I'm an online student?  Online (distance education) students may request Print books they find in the SMC Library Catalog.  These books will be mailed to the student's address free of charge (return postage will be included). Email smclibrary@smcsc.edu with the following information:  name, address, phone number, title of the book, call number. 

 

What if the SMC Library doesn't have the book I'm looking for?  Search the collections of college and university libraries across the state with PASCAL Delivers! SMC students, faculty, and staff may request books from other SC college and university libraries and have them delivered within a few business days.  You can request up to 50 books at a time with a checkout period of 6 weeks. PASCAL also offers the following:

  • Pick Up Anywhere:  choose to have your items send to another participating library if that is more convenient for you.  For example, are you a distance education student that lives closer to College of Charleston?  No problem! Request your items through PASCAL Delivers and just select College of Charleston as your pick up location.
  • Visiting Patron:  You can also go in-person to visit another PASCAL Delivers library and check out the book yourself using the Visiting Patron service. Note that Visiting Patron checkouts have different limits; in-person patrons are limited to three items and the checkout period for these items is three weeks with one additional three week renewal allowed. You will need to present a picture ID and know your student ID number. 

 

 
When requesting books through PASCAL Delivers, you will need to enter your library ID/barcode number (for students this is your student ID, for faculty/staff this is your phone number) to request books.  If you do not know your library barcode number, please contact the library.

 

Interlibrary Loan

Need something that is not available in our library or in PASCAL?  Try interlibrary Loan (ILL).

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