Academic Support

The Libraries at PCCC

The PCCC Library/Learning Resource Center serves the students, faculty, and staff of PCCC as well as the larger Passaic County community. The Library materials not only support classroom instruction and individual information needs but also the philosophy and mission of the College. Professional librarians are available to help patrons effectively use a variety of resources, both online and in hard copy. The librarians help patrons find books, articles, and other sources of information. They instruct students enrolled in the College Success course and offer information literacy classes on request for all College programs.

The main Library is located on the Paterson campus. A Library with a basic set of reference books and a small circulating collection is located in Wanaque. The Library in Passaic consists of circulating and non-circulating nursing books and periodicals. All of PCCC’s libraries have computers with Internet access, including WiFi capability for those patrons who bring their own devices. Books can be requested from other libraries in Passaic County.

The Library catalog is the main access point for books in a variety of formats, DVDs, and videotapes. A growing collection of ebooks (currently numbering a few thousand) are accessible through the Library catalog at all of PCCCs Library sites as well as remotely. A valid, updated PCCC ID or PALS Plus Library card is required to check out all materials. The loan period is two (2) weeks, with one renewal.

Online Library Resources
The Library’s homepage serves as a portal to an abundance of resources. The page contains links to the Library catalog, various online databases (many in full text), helpful online tutorials, and other sources of information. Students can also find information about how to access Library resources remotely. Library hours and contact information are also available on the website.

Information Literacy
PCCC defines information literacy as the ability to identify, retrieve, cite, evaluate, and use information sources in various formats, with an emphasis on those methods and sources appropriate for college-level course work. These five competencies are based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) information literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Information literacy competencies are regularly assessed in College Success courses as well as in General Education writing-intensive courses.