How do I? Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?

Your Durham Tech identification card will serve as your library card. Library staff will barcode your ID card and put your name, ID number, address, email, and phone number into our library patron database. ID cards are issued in the Campus Police and Public Safety office,. Be prepared to show your Durham Tech library card when you need to check out materials, including reserve materials. We do not accept a driver’s license or other ID cards in lieu of your Durham Tech ID.

How do I access reserve material?

Come to the circulation desk with your Durham Tech library card to use reserve materials.  Most reserves are for library use only, two hours at the time.  Some reserve items, such as nursing DVDs or math DVDs, may be checked out of the library if stipulated by faculty members.  An overdue reserve item accrues fines of $1 per day.

How do I access the library online catalog?

Go to the library home page and select the link to the Durham Tech Online Catalog to search for books and audiovisual items in our collection or the collection of another community college in North Carolina. No password is required to search our catalog, and it may be searched from anywhere that you have access to the Internet.

What computer resources are available in the library?

The computers upstairs in the library are available for research and internet use and may be used by the general public. The computer lab downstairs is available only to students, faculty, and staff doing academic work; it is equipped with a scanner, one computer with Maple software, and one computer with Zoom text.  People who wish to use the lab are required to show their Durham Tech ID and to sign in. Lab monitors are available to assist users. Please note that these computers are occasionally reserved for classes. During these times, other users may be asked to work elsewhere. In addition, wireless Internet connections are now available in the library.

How do I know what the library circulation policies are?

Circulating books, audio books, and music CDs can be checked out for three weeks, with one renewal. There is a check out limit of two audio books and two CDs at one time and two books on the same topic at one time (you may check out additional books on different topics). Overdue items cannot be renewed. A Durham library card must be presented to check out books from the library. Reference books, certain audiovisual materials, most reserve materials, and all periodicals are for library use only. If a circulating book is checked out, you may come to the circulation desk with your ID card and ask a library staff member to place it on hold for you. Videos and DVDs with a blue bar on the spine label are available for one-week check out. Other videos and DVDs may be checked out only by faculty members or staff; students may watch them in the library.

How do I find newspapers and periodicals?

The library subscribes to many magazines, journals, and newspapers. Current issues of journals and magazines can be found in the Periodicals section, located at the back of the first floor of the library. Older (archived) journals and magazines can be found downstairs along the wall on the left by the circulating books. A few journals are kept on reserve, and you may ask for them at the reference/circulation desk. In addition, some daily newspapers are kept at the desk. Newspapers and periodicals are for library use only and cannot be checked out. Also, keep in mind that many newspaper and journal articles are available through our online databases. Please ask us if you need research assistance.

How do I make photocopies, scan, or fax?

Photocopies cost five cents per page, and printouts from the networked computers upstairs in the library also cost five cents per page. From the computers in the ERC lab downstairs, students are allowed to print ten pages for free. Additional pages are five cents each. Outgoing faxes cost $1 per page; please ask at the desk for assistance sending faxes. A scanner is available in the ERC computer lab downstairs, and computer lab monitors are available to assist with scanning.

How do I place a book on hold?

If an in-house book or circulating audiovisual item is checked out, you may come to the circulation desk to place a hold on that item. You will be put on a list and called or emailed when that title is turned in to the library circulation desk and your name is next on the list. A student ID card must be presented to check out materials from the library. You can also place a hold on materials from other community college libraries that are connected to our circulation system.  Please ask at the desk for help.

How do I renew a book online?

On the library home page, click on the link that says “Renew your Books.” The screen may say "Session has timed out." Please select "OK" to start a new OPAC session. Click the link for your Durham Tech campus. Then select “My Account.” Next, select "Renew my Materials." Type in your 14-digit library system barcode number found on the back of your ID leaving out any spaces (for example 2902400000000). You do not need an alternate ID number. The pin number is the last four digits of your student ID. Click on “List Charged Items.” When you get to the "My Account" page, click “Renew My Materials.” Select the item to be renewed by clicking in the box beside the title. Remember, you may renew materials only once, and you may not renew items that are overdue. Materials will be renewed for an additional checkout period based on the date of your request, rather than extending the original due date, so renew on your due date to get the most extra time.

How do I request an interlibrary loan?

An interlibrary loan is a request from our library to another library for material that is not in our collection. Interlibrary loan request forms are available at the circulation desk or online. Requests may be submitted by current students, staff, and faculty members of Durham Tech only. We will try to obtain the book from another community college in our state. We are unable to process interlibrary loans for the general public. We are also unable to request textbooks, DVDs, videorecordings,or reference books through interlibrary loan. Please note that sometimes other libraries may charge us for certain materials, such as photocopies of articles, and we must pass any such charges on to you. Please indicate if you are only interested in materials that we can obtain for free.

How do I access Sakai?

sakai iconLogin to Sakai. New to Sakai? Take the Sakai Tour,. The Sakai link is also available on the quicklinks at the top of the Durham Tech home page. The Sakai website has Student Sakai help and Instructor assistance.

How can I learn how to use library resources?

Most English (ENG) and Reading (RED) classes as well as classes who will be doing library research visit the library for a formal orientation. Stop by the reference/circulation desk for help if you have not attended an orientation, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. To get you started, here is some basic information on searching the library catalog as well as some advanced strategies for database searching.

How can I contact the library for further assistance?

Getting in touch with us is easy! Visit the library information page for contact inforamation.



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