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 the 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. The library does not accept a driver’s license or other ID cards in lieu of a 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 have a loan period of two hours and are restricted to library use only. Some reserve items, such as nursing 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 the 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, as well as Durham Tech students, faculty, and staff.  A scanner is available upstairs, as well as Maple and ZoomText software.  The computer lab downstairs is available only to students, faculty, and staff doing academic work; it is equipped with a scanner, as well as one computer with Maple software and one computer with ZoomText.  Students are required to show their Durham Tech ID and sign in. Lab monitors are available to assist users.  The downstairs computer lab also serves as the library’s instruction classroom. When the lab is reserved for library instruction, other users may be asked to work elsewhere.


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 Tech 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?

Current issues of print journals and magazines are shelved in the Periodicals section, located at the back of the upper level of the library. Back issues of journals and magazines are shelved downstairs on the wall behind the circulating book collection.  Daily newspapers are kept at the circulation desk. Most magazines, newspapers, and journals are now available through online databases. Librarians are available to assist with finding articles to support research assignments.


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.  Students are allowed to print ten pages per day free in the downstairs computer lab. Additional pages are five cents each. Outgoing faxes cost $1 per page; please ask at the desk for assistance sending faxes.  Scanners are located in the computer lab on the lower level and at a public computer on the upper level of the library.


How do I place a book on hold?

If a book or circulating audiovisual item is checked out, you may place a hold in the library catalog or 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 returned to the library and your name is next on the list. A Durham Tech library 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 participate in the CCLINC (Community College Libraries in NC) union catalog. 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 the 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 fromDurham Tech 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.  Library staff will try to obtain the book from a North Carolina community college or university. 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 can be obtained at no cost.

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?

Many English (ENG) classes, as well as classes that require library research, come for a library instruction session.  However, librarians are available to help with research or citing sources at any time.  Just ask at the circulation/reference desk. The library also offers Book-a-Librarian appointments for individual assistance on Main Campus. 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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