10 Library Resources at Diablo Valley College

The main sign at the entrance o Diablo Valley College

The Diablo Valley College Library provides a student-centered learning environment with quality library and information services and resources.  The Library supports academic excellence by providing intellectual, physical, and electronic access to information, ideas, and services for a diverse community.  The Library encourages and facilitates information competency, critical thinking, intellectual independence, and lifelong learning. Here are some of the resources offered at the library.

1. OneSearch

OneSearch Logo

OneSearch is an online research tool that “pulls together” almost all of our Library resources so that they can be explored using a single search box. Rather than searching the Library Catalog for books and a database such as Academic Search Complete for journal articles, one can do a OneSearch search and get results which include books, e-books, journal articles, and government documents in one list.

2. Make an Appointment

A marked calender date

Schedule a one-on-one research appointment to get help with research assignments. Students can get help with defining their topic, selecting the best resources for your assignment, accessing and navigating electronic resources, developing search strategies, evaluating sources, and siting sources.

3. NewsBank

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Find current, diverse global perspectives on topics related to controversial issues, the environment, health, education, science, the arts, literature, business, economics, criminal justice, and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos and web-only content.

4. Print from Your Laptop/Phone

A wireless printer

Welcome to our PrintSpot Printing service. Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC to one of our corporate printers. There is no additional software required

5. Research Tool Box

Research tools

Librarians are available to help with your research. Librarians help student find an evaluate appropriate resources and prepare citations for articles, books, websites, statistics, and more.

6. Study Room Reservations

A study room

Students can reserve study rooms online through the library’s website. They can reserver the day, time and place of study.

7. Library Liaison Services

Library Liaison Services

Faculty librarians work with classroom instructors to develop library collections and to provide research
workshops. Contact your liaison about library services or to suggest a purchase.

8. Library Instruction

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Library Instruction sessions are designed to develop research strategies and techniques. While meeting students at an appropriate academic level, the library emphasizes critical thinking and evaluation skills which are designed to build information literacy competencies that lead to student success as they prepare to live and work in the complex and rapidly changing physical, social and cultural settings of our society. DVC librarians value innovation and collaboration in our information literacy instruction programming.

9. Course Reserves

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You may put your own personal copies of printed materials or library books and e-books on Reserve for 3-hour, 1-day, 2-day or 1-week circulation

10. NoodleTools

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Use NoodleTools to create your citations and more. NoodleTools is a responsive, user-friendly research management platform with baked-in wisdom accumulated over years, and a proven track record across thousands of schools and universities.

5 Libraries at Diablo Valley College

1. Dougherty Station Library

Dougherty Station Library children section

Dougherty Station Library is a joint use facility funded and supported by Diablo Valley College, the Contra Costa County Library and the City of San Ramon. The library is located on the San Ramon Campus.

2. The Diablo Valley College Library

 The Diablo Valley College Library

The Diablo Valley College Library located on Pleasant Hill Campus provides a student-centered learning environment with quality library and information services and resources.  The Library supports academic excellence by providing intellectual, physical, and electronic access to information, ideas, and services for a diverse community.

3. The John F. Kennedy University Law Library

The John F. Kennedy University Law Library

The John F. Kennedy University Law Library houses a collection of over 24,000 volumes and more than 50 periodical titles. Primarily supporting students, alumni and faculty of the College of Law, the library is also available for a fee to the public.

4. Pleasant Hill Library

Pleasant Hill Library

The Pleasant Hill Library was built in 1961. The library’s collection of over 140,000 books, audiobooks, videos, DVDs, and CDs circulate nearly half a million times a year. The library offers free Internet access from 38 computers and wifi throughout the library. The Heritage Collection of genealogical materials, a vault of local history materials and historical maps, and an extensive newspaper and periodicals archive are invaluable to researchers.

5. San Ramon Library

San Ramon Library

The San Ramon Library is a vital center of community activity. The library is located in the Marketplace shopping center across the street from Central Park and the San Ramon Community Center. The library includes a large children’s area with a separate story room, teen area, public access computers and free wireless Internet access. Collections include materials in a variety of formats that support the educational and entertainment needs of the community. Programs for children, teens, and adults are provided with the support of San Ramon Library Foundation. San Ramon is particularly proud of the jazz collection and annual jazz concerts.

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