Los Angeles Valley College

Faculty Guide to the LAVC Library



Monday - Thursday                           8 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday                                                   9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

          Saturday & Sunday                                             Closed 


Hours are subject to change. Check the Library for the current semester’s hours. The Library is not open on school or legal holidays.


Borrowing Books

Faculty may check out books by obtaining a library card, available at the circulation desk. Books circulate for two months, but are due at the end of each semester. They may be renewed. Faulty are not subject to fines, but are held responsible for lost materials and must keep their records current.


Reserve Books

As the Library does not buy textbooks, instructors are encouraged to put their own extra copies of the texts they are using on reserve. To put a book on reserve, simply complete this form and bring it to the library (if you are requesting the Library buy a book, you must order it the semester before you wish to use it to allow for processing time). Books will be kept on reserve until you take them off. Other materials such as photocopies, past tests, and journal issues may also be placed on reserve.

Ordering and Discarding Books

Recommendations for specific titles may be made to our Collection Development Librarian, Dana Lubow, via email. Or stop by the reference desk and make your request in person. We encourage faculty members to review the collection in their discipline for possible discarding (weeding) of dated or obsolete materials. Additionally, professional development credit is given for “review and assessment of library holdings in your discipline.”

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Books from other libraries may be obtained through ILL. Be aware that this is a time consuming process, taking anywhere from 2-6 weeks and libraries limit ILL loans to two weeks. ILL requests may be made through a librarian. Stop by the reference desk, or call x2764 for assistance. Faculty are responsible for any fees charged by the lending library.

Orientation Tours

Orientations and tours are offered throughout the semester. Call (ext.2766 or 2762) to make an appointment for your class. They must be scheduled two weeks in advance. They can be tailored to specific assignments or topics. Instructors must accompany their class.

Library Instruction

Please provide a copy of your research assignment, syllabus, reading lists, etc. This helps us design an instruction session that is meaningful and relevant for your students. Also, we would be happy to meet with you to help design library assignments. Please contact Xiao Liux at x2762 or via email.

Academic Integrity: What is it and how to avoid plagiarism

The University of California at Davis, Office of Student Judicial Affairs has an extremely informative site that discusses
it in depth.

Library Assignments

A well-designed course-related library assignment is an effective way to introduce students to research. It relates to some aspect of course subject material or learning objectives leading to an increased understanding of a subject or the process of locating information related to a subject. A library assignment that meets these criteria is an excellent teaching tool and builds research skills. The guidelines are meant to ensure students of a positive library experience and reinforce library use as a means of learning.

Library Science 101

In order for your students to take advantage of all the Library’s resources and to help them develop critical thinking skills, please encourage your students to enroll in this course.


Article Databases

See what's available here.


Online Catalog

Library materials can be searched though the online catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword. It is available on the Library’s homepage.



Our staff includes four professional librarians:



Dora Esten                                                                    Department Chair,                                                                                        ext. 2761

                                                                                        Cataloging. Reference                                                                      


Dana Lubow                                                                Bibliographic Instruction, Media,                                                                ext. 2766

                                                                                       Reference, Collection Development




Xiao Liu                                                                        Reference, Bibliographic Instruction                                                         ext. 2762


Meghan Gaynor Cason                                             Digital Resources, User Experience,

                                                                                       Web, Reference & Instruction                                                                      ext. 7261



We would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about our services.