Learning resource center

Published 8:58 pm Thursday, October 2, 2008

PDCCC’s two Learning Resources Centers (one on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and the other on the Franklin Campus) serve students, faculty, administrators, staff, and members of the community. When you have the opportunity, check them out!

The Centers provide library resources and instructional materials with a combined collection of more than 70,000 print and electronic volumes that can be searched through an on-line catalog on the LRC Web page at www.pdc.edu/Library/Index.htm. The electronic databases allow students to access books and articles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Instructions for accessing databases off-campus are on the LRC Web page.

Each Learning Resources Center also features reference books, magazines, journals, and newspapers for research and recreational reading. Books in the general collection can be checked out for four weeks, non-current issues of magazines and journals for one week.


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Services for distance learning students include PDCCC’s LRC Web page; LRC Live, on-line reference assistance (accessed on the LRC Web Page or Blackboard); and NetLibrary, an e-Book collection of more than 46,000 volumes. (Contact an LRC staff member for information about how to create an account).

The following services and resources are available at both campus locations: Student ID/Library Card; PDCCC LRC Web Page (including VCCS Electronic Resources and VIVA Collection Resources); netLibrary Collection (contact a staff member for information about how to create an account); one-on-one reference and research assistance (by appointments or walk-ins); LRC Live, on-line reference assistance (through the LRC Web page); research assistance for classes (by appointment); Interlibrary Loan Services; VA Tidewater Consortium Cards (contact a staff member for more details); Career Collection; Internet/World-wide Web; TV/VCR/DVD players; cassette players; copier (limited to 7 copies per page at .10 cents per page); information literacy instruction; instructional technology (reserved for faculty and staff only); Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); bestsellers, current fiction and non-fiction; software for courses; facilities use (contact an LRC staff member); an online catalog; and electronic databases (accessed through the Internet and Blackboard).

Hours of operation during fall, spring and summer semesters are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between semesters, the Learning Resources Centers are open on each campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

For information on LRC services, call 925-6345 or 925-6336. For information on other options at PDCCC, call 569-6700, or visit our Web site at www.pdc.edu.