When most people think of a library they usually just think about rows upon rows of books, but not much else. When students think about SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus library, they can think of a lot more than just books. In addition to the 99,094 print books and about 500 print periodical subscriptions found in the library’s school wide curriculum, the library also boasts several other services to help students get through this falls classes.
“We have a great book and video collection,” said Kandice Newren, a librarian at the Taylorsville Redwood campus library. “As well as great technology the professors can use, and a cute little café for the sweet tooth.”
The first thing one usually sees when entering the library is the café. The café offers coffee, tea, juice and treats to students at some of the lowest prices on campus. Students can take a break from studying and grab a snack to keep their brains eager and alert.
The main floor of the library is mainly used for the computer lab. Dozens of computers offer high speed Internet to students, and friendly librarians can help students access the 75 electronic databases on the library’s website. The databases include 81 electronic reference titles, over 35,000 e-books, and over 600 e-journals. If a student can’t stay on campus to do their homework, the library also rents out laptops and wireless cards for 72 hours at a time. The laptops can be checked out from the Lab Aid desks at either side of the computer lab.
Students having trouble springing for textbooks can check out textbooks from the schools most popular classes from behind the main desk. The books can be checked out for up to 4 hours at the time and can’t leave the library, but can be checked out multiple times a day as long as there isn’t a line for them.
“I think it’s a great resource and a great place to study,” said student Neil Lowe.
The upper floor of the library is a quiet study area with dozens of tables for students to use. Students here can be seen taking advantage of the quiet and solitude to prepare for classes. In contrast, the lower floor is a group study room used for students who have to communicate with classmates for assignments.
The lower level also has sectioned off rooms for students to watch DVDs and videos for their classes. The media library, also in the lower level, contains roughly 30,000 different items for viewing. Students don’t have to leave campus to get most of their homework done.
The library hours for the summer are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is closed Sundays.