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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Library located?
Downtown: The El Centro College Library is located on the 2nd floor of the B Building, just behind the A Building elevators.
West: From the parking lot, enter the front doors into West and the Library will be on your right.

How do I get a Library card?
Your El Centro College ID (with a current semester sticker) is your library card. You will use your Library card/El Centro ID to check out books, request books from other locations, use the Library databases remotely, the main Library computers, and use the Library classroom.

What do I need to check out a book?
Your El Centro ID card is required.

How many books can I check out?
You can check out 10 books - 4 per library visit, for a total checkout of 10 items.

How long can I check books out for?
You can check out 3 weeks - then renew them once (in person or online) for an additional 3 weeks. However, you cannot renew overdue books!

Can I renew online?
Renew Online: Library Catalog > Check Your Record > login > View My Record.

Does the Library have textbooks?
The Library doesn't purchase textbooks for checking out. Some instructors will put copies of their textbook on Reserve, so you can use the textbook in the Library.

What if I lose a book?
You will be charged the replacement price, plus a $10 processing fee.

Can I return books when the Library is closed?
Yes, place the items in our outside book return, found in front of the Library.

I'm not a student at a College of the DCCCD. Can I check out materials?
If you are attending a Texas college, request a TexShare card from your college library. That will allow you to check out materials. Otherwise, request materials from your local library via InterLibrary Loan.

Can I print? How much does it cost?
Yes! You can print for 10¢ a page. You can also download to a flash drive or email databases articles to yourself. The copier machines are located in the Library Copy Center, next to the Circulation Counter. Copy accounts, set up with $1, can be set up at the Circulation Counter. 

Can I use my laptop in the Library?
Yes. We have wireless access... but be aware that you will need to configure your computer to work on the District wi-fi.

Does the Library have a scanner?
Yes! The scanner is next to the Reference Desk. Any librarian can assist you in using the scanner.

Does the library have a fax machine for student use?
No, however you can scan your document into a PDF file to email it or use one of the online fax websites.  Be aware that your information may not be secure using an online fax service.