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What is the Library mission statement?

The Cuyamaca College Library supports student learning by offering a carefully selected collection of resources in a variety of information formats, including a books, periodicals, multimedia, as well as commercially produced electronic products. In addition, we are committed to ensuring students are capable consumers of information, especially as this pertains to their academic work. We provide a variety of study spaces within the library building. We support the college vision, “Learning for the Future,” and we strive to cultivate the values outlined in the Cuyamaca College Mission Statement.

How may I get a library card?

All Cuyamaca and Grossmont students are eligible to check out library materials. A current student ID is required at the time of check-out. Student IDs are available free of charge in the Counseling Office in the One-Stop Center. Students must complete the college registration process before an ID card can be issued.

If I'm not a student at Cuyamaca College, may I get a guest card?

Community members who are not currently enrolled are eligible to purchase a guest card for $10.00. Guest users are allowed to check out a maximum of three books at any given time. Materials in other formats - including videos and periodicals - may not be checked out, and guest cards cannot be used to obtain access to the open lab. Guest cards are good for one year and are issued at the circulation desk on the main floor. A driver's license or a California Identification is required.

Does the library have textbooks on reserve?

Some faculty have placed items - such as textbooks or other course materials - on the library's reserve shelves, located at the circulation desk on the first floor. These items check out for 3 hours or 1 day, depending on the instructor's needs.

How many items may I check out at one time?

You may check out up to ten items at one time. For reserve materials, you may check out one item per discipline at a time.

How long may I check this out?

Books..............................2 weeks
Periodicals........................1 week
Reserves..........................3 hours
Videos.............................3 hours
Cassettes.........................3 hours
Scientific Calculators..........until the end of the current school term
Graphing Calculators...........until the end of the current school term

May I renew an item?

Circulating books and periodicals may be renewed once if there are no holds. Reserve items may not be renewed. To renew an item click on the “my account” button from the online library catalog. From there, follow the onscreen directions. You must renew your item before the due date.

What are the fines for overdue materials?

The library charges 25 cents a day for each item that is overdue (up to a $100 maximum per book and a $50 per magazine/journal). The fines for reserve materials are $1.00 per hour or $3.00 a day per item (up to $100 maximum per item). The fines for interlibrary loan materials are $3.00 per item per day.

May I place a hold on an item in the Cuyamaca College Library?

Library users may place a hold request for an item that is checked out to another patron. Requests are placed through the OPAC. When a requested item becomes available, it will be placed on hold at the circulation desk and the requestor notified to pick up the item within 3 days. Hold requests may not be placed on reserve items. Library users may also place holds by calling circulation during business hours (619-660-4416) or visiting the circulation desk in person.

May I order books from other libraries?

Yes. The Cuyamaca College Library offers an interlibrary loan service to students and employees. Interlibrary loan is a national lending system through which library users may order books from other libraries in the United States. Items from the Grossmont Library and the San Diego State Library should arrive in approximately two business days. It takes longer to get materials from other libraries, so plan ahead. To order ILL items online, please go to the Cuyamaca College Library Website ( and click on "Interlibrary Loan."

Note: overdue fines on interlibrary loan materials are $3.00 per item per day.

Do I have to sign up to use the Internet?

No, not in the library. However, if you plan on using the open computer lab in the H building, you will need to sign in there.

May I plug my laptop into your network?

No. However, we do offer wireless access to the Internet.

May I look at my email in the library.


May I play video games in the library?


May I use my cell phone in the library?


May I type a paper in the library?

Yes. Please go to the "Living Room" for computers with word processing software.

Do you have study rooms?

Yes, we have two study rooms. These rooms are only available to groups of two or more. Students may sign up for up to one and a half hours, per group, per room each day. The sign-up sheet is available at the circulation desk.

Is wireless Internet available in the library?

Yes. Wireless Internet is available on the second floor of the library. You must be a Cuyamaca or Grossmont student and have a laptop computer with wireless capability to take advantage of this service. Only the Internet is available: you do not have access to any other college computer services. Also, there is no printing capability. To log in: Login ID = firstname.lastname; Password = birth date in 6 digits. Further information, check out the policy on campus hotspots.

How do I log in to subscription databases, such as Infotrac Onefile, from a remote location?

To learn how to log in to subscription databases, check out the following tutorial: How to Log in to Databases

May I check out an Xacti Camcorder & Xacti/Macbook Backpack?

Students are welcome to check this equipment out for use in a library study room. Students wanting to use this equipment outside the library need to work through their instructor. Instructors interested granting students permission to use this equipment outside the library need to fill out the following form:

Revised  May 23, 2014
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