Student Resources

Your Library Account

Your NCTC student ID card also serves as your library card. The barcode and 14 digit number on the back is your library account information. Your account needs to be activated, do this by visiting the library circulation desk. When checking out library items (including Course Reserve) you need to present your ID card. Your library account information is also needed to submit Interlibrary Loan requests. If you have not received an ID card, request one at student services. Online students, please see the Online/Distance Students information page.

Accessing Databases

When accessing databases off-campus, you will be prompted to log-in. You may use your network log-in. Online students, please see the Online/Distance Students information page.

Library Instruction

Some of your instructors may schedule a library instruction session, and the session will be designed specifically for your class. You’ll learn about library resources and how to use them. What you learn will help you with all your other classes, too! Students who use the library tend to be more successful, so don’t miss out on your library instruction session!

Course Reserve

Sometimes instructors put supplemental reading (or DVDs) ‘On Reserve’ in the library so everyone in the class has access to the material. Ask for these items at the Circulation Desk. You will need to know the course name, instructor’s name, and which item it is you want. You will need to present you ID card to check out the item. Loan periods for reserve items are either 2 hours (in-library use only) or overnight (due back at noon the following day). Loan periods are determined by the instructor.

Research Assistance

We’re here to help you find what you need. For in-depth reference and research assistance, please contact the librarian to schedule a 30 minute appointment. Appointments with the librarian are available Mon-Tue in TRF and Wed-Thu in EGF. Drop-in visits and Friday appointments will be accommodated when possible. The librarian works at both campus libraries, so plan ahead if you think you might need help.

Online/Distance Students

Most services offered to our on-campus students are available to students enrolled in NCTC online/distance classes. For additional information, please see the Online/Distance Students information page

Requests for Purchase

The library welcomes purchase suggestions. Please e-mail your recommendations to the librarian. The library’s collection development policy guides purchasing decisions of the library. Resources that support the programs and curriculum take priority. Physical materials purchased with library funds will be added to the library catalog and housed in the library.

Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available in both campus libraries and may be reserved up to one week in advance. Use of the study rooms by individuals is on a first come/first served basis. If a group arrives, the individual will be required to vacate.

Food and Drink, Noise, Computers, Cell Phones and Children

Food is not allowed in the library or our study rooms, Beverages in spill-proof containers are acceptable. Please see signage at the library entrance.

Please be respectful of others and use the library in a courteous manner. We welcome everyone to come to the library and relax, but please remember our libraries are fairly small and voices carry. When viewing videos or listening to music, use headphones or ear buds. Headphones are available for checkout at the circulation desk; present you ID to circulation desk staff.

You are welcome to use library computers for most purposes, but academic use has priority. Acceptable use of library PCs is governed by NCTC Policy/Procedure 5010/5010P: Acceptable Use of Computers & Information Technology Resources.

Please make phone calls outside of the library so you don’t disturb other patrons.

NCTC Policy 1075 addresses children on campus. As per this policy: Employees and students may not bring children to scheduled work assignments, class, computer labs, or the library.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is facilitated through MINITEX, a statewide library consortium. Materials we don’t own can often be borrowed from another library through ILL. Books and media will be sent to the library. Copies of articles are usually sent electronically to the patron; photocopies will be delivered to the library. The library will contact the patron when items are ready for pick-up.