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More than just a quiet place

Every student's nightmare: It's 8 a.m. on the day of a tough test, and you've overslept. In the parking lot, you realize you left your textbook at home, and you really need to look over the material one more time. You contemplate driving back home, but there's no time.

If this happens to you, take a deep breath, put away your car keys and head over to JCCC's Billington Library. Your librarians can come to the rescue and help you check out the materials you need from nearly 400 textbooks and course reserves stocked on the shelves.

This is just one of the many reasons you are going to "love your library." 

February is "Love Your Library" month, a campaign to increase awareness of the plethora of services offered by our resident library faculty and staff, who consistently serve our campus well.

What's in your library?

Nearly 100 computers are available to use throughout the library. On the second floor, study rooms with oversized monitors aid group collaboration. An area of the first floor is kind of like a UPS or FedEx store, with color printing, tape, a hole punch and staplers so papers and projects can be wrapped up on the spot. By logging in with your MyJCCC username and password, you can access your $10 printing allowance every semester.

The library even has its own computer classroom, so instructors can reserve an hour with a librarian who will design a personalized, tailor-made research support lesson for a class. When there are no scheduled classes, the classroom is open to all students.

"Librarians serve as guides through the ever-changing, bewildering universe of information, working with students, faculty, staff and the community on research using print and online resources," said Jessica Tipton, associate professor/librarian. Each College division is assigned a librarian who connects regularly with professors to provide updates on new sources and ways to gather facts, figures and findings.

Check it out, literally!

When you need quick access to a textbook, check one out for a two-hour period to use in the library. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the main circulation desk and ask for the title you need.
  2. If it's on the shelf, it will be checked out to you (using your student ID).
  3. If it isn’t in the collection, a staff member will make note of your request, and books that receive many requests will be first on the list for the next purchase period.

The service is not meant to replace buying a book for a class; it only supplements it.

Find the current list of textbooks available by using the course reserve function of the library's search and looking by course number.

Fake news? Probably not!

Billington Library gives you access to more than 600 million articles, books, videos and more in both physical and online formats — and it’s reliable information.

An academic search engine called Summon® increases the value of your research because it presents search results without bias. From one search box, Summon searches through almost everything the library owns. This strengthens the validity of facts, figures and data and provides accurate information that you can use with confidence. You will also find a multitude of professional journals at your fingertips.

Free entertainment package

Pursue every kind of stargazing, whether you crack open an astronomy book that attempts to explain our vast universe or indulge in the dramas of Hollywood while flipping through the latest People magazine. Your library has many entertainment avenues; here’s a sample:

  • At least 100 leisure magazines (e.g., Southern Living, Field & Stream, Vanity Fair)
  • Recently released box office movies on DVD (like a free Redbox)
  • Documentaries and foreign films
  • Young adult and graphic novel collection
  • More than 700 New York Times Best-Sellers
  • Local and national newspapers (e.g., The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal)
  • At least 500 audiobooks (from mystery novels to self-help)

Tech help is on the way and in the library to stay

JCCC's Technical Support Center will have a staff member in the library for on-demand help from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Get help with:

  • Resetting your password
  • Printing
  • Using lab computers
  • Accessing Desire2Learn/Canvas
  • Setting up Office 365 (free to students)

Numbers tell the story

Billington Library is one of the most active areas on campus. Here's proof from last year's numbers:

  • 400,914 visits
  • 16,020 questions answered
  • 168 classes taught
  • 174 copyright consultations
  • 20,860 materials check-outs
  • 4,331 study room check-outs

Shhhh … your brain is growing

And, mostly, libraries will always be a quiet place — a refuge, a safe space to study and reflect on newfound knowledge. To find out more about how you can love your library, strike up a virtual chat or stop by and talk to a librarian at the reference desk. They'd love to help!