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Class Orientations

You can help your students go beyond Google by scheduling a library orientation for your class. In just one hour or less, a librarian can provide an orientation that is custom-tailored to the needs of your students and course assignments. We can provide instruction in the library classroom or come to your classroom. Library orientations increase students’ ability to find research materials for their assignments and help them make the best use of the many print and electronic resources available to them. Help us help your students by giving us just 1 hour of your class time.

Instructors (no substitutes) are required to attend. Orientations should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance so that we can better serve you and your students.

NOTE: Orientations are not scheduled during the first week of the school term.

To schedule an orientation:

  1. Check our online calendar below for the date and time availability. If you cannot see the calendar, either update your browser or switch to a different browser. 

  2. Fill out the online Orientation Request Form:

 Orientation Request Form (Opens in a new window)

NOTE: If your students will be working on a specific assignment, please include a copy of the assignment.

You will receive a confirmation with the date and time scheduled, and the name and contact information of the librarian who will be conducting the orientation. If you have any questions, please email Pat Hernas at

Librarian Assistance

The Library provides research assistance to students. A librarian is at the Information Desk during all open hours. Please encourage your students to ask for help!

The Library also provides academic support services for faculty in all programs. Stop by the Library or make an appointment for a personal orientation to our services and resources. Reviewing course needs with the librarians will ensure that we have all the materials students need to successfully complete your course.

For assistance please contact the librarian specializing in the appropriate subject matter:

Pat Hernas: Health Occupations; Language Arts and Library; Student Services; Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts

Michele Speck: Career & Technical Education; Instructional Support; Business, Technology, and Kinesiology

Elaine Wong(On sabbatical leave - Fall 18-Spring 19): Asian American Collection; Art 

Tina Boghozian: Math, Science, and Engineering

Instructor Reserves

Instructor Reserves

Instructor Reserves are items placed on reserve by faculty for the students in their classes. You may place as many of your own materials as necessary on reserve. You may also request items from the Library's print or media collection to be placed on reserve for your students' use in the Library. You may place up to five books from the Library's collection on reserve per semester, for a maximum of one semester.

If you wish to place material on reserve, please print out and attach one Reserve Request form for each item. Please allow 48 hours notice for processing new reserves. Note that the call number for personally owned items is the instructor's last name. Along with the normal catalog search features (title, author, and keyword) Instructor Reserve items will also be listed in the Library Catalog under the Instructor and Course.

For additional information regarding instructor reserves, see the Instructor & Textbook Reserves Policies for Faculty section of the Mission College Library Services, Policies, and Guidelines.

Reminder: According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Legal Opinion M 02-22, community colleges need to "ensure that video material is captioned for student with hearing impairments." This relates to new purchases and the use of old videos.

Questions? Please call the Check Out Desk at extension 5150 and a Library Media Technician will have the answers!

Textbook Reserves and Food for Textbook Program

Textbook Reserves Collection

The Library has a collection of many of the textbooks used in courses at Mission College. Textbooks are on reserve behind the Check Out Desk and are for use in the library only. Items are checked out for a two hour time period and cannot be taken out of the building, Please note that we are unable to purchase textbooks for all courses. Textbooks are purchased based on factors such as number of sections, revision of book, cost, and the Library's budget.

These textbooks are some of the most heavily used resources in the Library. We encourage faculty to provide copies of textbooks that can be placed on Instructor Reserve (see above).

For instructions on how to search for a textbook at Mission College, watch How to Find Textbooks in the Library. Note that students need to have the call number for a book to request it at the Check Out Desk (If the item is owned by an instructor, the call number is the instructor's last name). As a courtesy to your students, please include the Library call number on your syllabus.

Food for Textbook Program

The Library has a collection of textbooks and calculators available for semester long check out with the donation of 10 cans of food. Textbooks for this program are purchased based on factors such as number of sections, the number of years the material will be used, cost, and the Library's budget, with priority going to courses with two or more sections and for which the material will be used for at least three more years. Books that are not edition specific will have the highest priority. Only books that are valued at $25 or more will be added to the collection. The Library will try to purchase material across as many disciplines as possible. 

Please encourage your students to donated their used textbooks to this program. Textbook donations are accepted at the Library Check Out Desk. Students do not have to donate a textbook to participate in the Food for Textbook Program.

For more information about this program, and to see a list of textbooks currently available, go to the Food for Textbook Program page.

How to Activate your Library Account

An active Library account is needed to check out Library material and to access the Library's online resources (e-books, streaming videos, databases, etc.) from off-campus. You need to come in person to the Library Check Out Desk with your Mission ID card to activate your account. Note that students are automatically added to the Library’s system when they register.

Faculty Borrowing Guidelines

A Mission College ID card is needed to check out materials. Faculty library privileges are more flexible than student privileges. Loan rules are as follows:

  • Circulating books, videos & DVDs – Three weeks, renewal possible.
  • Reference DVDs – One day standard loan period.
  • Magazines and reference books – May be borrowed for a brief time if needed in class.

When you check out, you may request extended loan periods. However, Library materials are not to be borrowed to use for an entire semester.

Reference DVDs may be borrowed for Mission College classroom use and should be returned quickly to allow other faculty access. Faculty are limited to checking out a maximum of five reference DVDs at any time.

Faculty may reserve reference DVDs for specific dates. Reserving DVDs in advance is strongly advised to assure we have the item when it is needed. Contact staff at the Check Out Desk (x5150).

Interlibrary Loan

Faculty and students may request books from West Valley College through the “request” feature of the online catalog. Books can also be requested from over 60 libraries across California and Nevada through LINK+. Books generally arrive within 2-4 working days.

Electronic Resources

Library Database Articles
Faculty are encouraged to use articles from the subscription databases as course material. However, instead of copying articles or linking directly to them, we recommend that you provide your students with the instructions on how to find the article. For a template that you can use to provide instructions for your students, refer to the Database Search Instructions handout.

Streaming Videos
The Library provides online access to films and videos. They may be accessed through the Library’s Online Catalog or from the Films on Demand,  Black Studies in Video, and Feature Films in Education databases available on the Library Research Databases page. For instructions on how to embed videos in Canvas, refer to the following handouts: Embed - Films on Demand and Embed - Black Studies in Video. Note that the films in the Feature Films in Education database cannot be embedded into Canvas, you will need to provide your students a link to the film and they will then need to enter their student ID to access it.

E-books may be accessed through theLibrary’s Online Catalog or from the Library Research Databases page. They are listed under the subject Electronic Books & Films. For information regarding accessing, downloading, printing, and emailing e-books, refer to the E-Books handout.

For information on assigning O'Reilly Safari Books & Tutorials as class material, refer to O'Reilly Safari Books Online for Faculty (PDF - Word).

NoodleTools Citation Creation Tool
For information about NoodleTools, refer to the NoodleTools Faculty handout.

Online Services
The Online Services page provides information and links to all of the Library's online services available to your students, including Library instructional tutorials and handouts.

NYTimes Digital Access

Faculty and students have access to a complimentary subscription to the digital edition of The New York Times. In addition, faculty can register for NYT inEducation, a repository of sample lesson plans, instructional strategies, and classroom teaching ideas. Go to the NYTimes Digital Access guide for more information.

Resource Guides for Faculty

Zero Textbook Cost Resources
Defines what qualifies as a zero cost textbook and provides resources for finding them. Includes information for open education resources (OER) and Library resources.

Books about Teaching @ Mission
The Library collection includes both print and online books that cover all aspects of instruction.

Accessibility Resources
Requirements, resources, and best practices for making your course content accessible.

Recommend a Purchase

Instructors are encouraged to participate in the development of the collections in their respective subject areas. Final decisions on materials will be made according to the Library's Selection of Material Policy. To recommend books and other materials please contact the librarian specializing in the appropriate subject matter:

Pat Hernas: Health Occupations; Language Arts and Library; Student Services; Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts

Michele Speck: Career & Technical Education; Instructional Support; Business, Technology, and Kinesiology

Elaine Wong (On sabbatical leave - Fall 18-Spring 19): Asian American Collection; Art

Tina Boghozian: Math, Science, and Engineering

Thank you for visiting the Library!