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Library Mission

The goal of the Arthur C. Banks Library is to provide for the informational needs of the students, faculty and staff of Capital Community College and the community at large. In seeking to provide for and support curriculum based learning, lifelong learning and information literacy, we challenge ourselves to provide a broad range of services and a friendly environment for all of our users.

Please visit the Library Home Page to view all of our available online resources and services.

Library Policies

These policies were designed to create a productive study environment for all who use the library.
  • Cell phone pagers and ringers must be turned off.
  • No food or drink allowed.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • The library is not responsible for items left unattended.
  • Closing Policies - 15 minutes prior to closing:
    • Librarians and/or staff will inform patrons that the library is about to close.
    • Patrons must save or print all documents.
    • All photocopying must be completed.
    • All books or articles must be checked out.
    • All biology models must be returned to the circulation desk.
  • Children under 12 must not be left unattended.
    • Children under 12 are not allowed to use library computers or equipment.
    • Children are asked to keep their voices down.
  • Nine group study rooms are available for groups of 2 or more. Seven rooms include a whiteboard and TV/VCR. Two rooms include a computer and a whiteboard.
    • Rooms can be checked out for 2 hours on a first come first served basis at the reference or circulation desk.
    • Dry erase markers and erasers for the whiteboards can be borrowed from the circulation desk.
    • Library policies about food, drink and cell phones also apply to the study rooms.
    • Rooms are intended for group study, individuals using a group study room will be asked to leave if a group arrives.
  • Library Instruction Room (507). This room is equipped with 16 computers, a typewriter, and a DVD player that may be used by students when classes are not being taught.
    • Library policies regarding no food and drink and cell phones apply.
    • Children under 12 must be attended by an adult.
    • Headphones are available at the Circulation desk.

Circulation Policies:

  • Library cards are issued to the following:
    • Students enrolled at the college
    • College alumni, faculty and staff

Borrowing Policies:

  • Circulating material:
    • Books may be checked out for 28 days.
    • Items may be renewed in person or by phone if no one has requested the item.
    • A limit of five items may be borrowed at any one time.
    • Patrons are not allowed to borrow any more items if they have overdue items charged out.
  • Curriculum Based Media:
    • These must be used in the library.
    • Faculty may borrow media for a limited time unless the material is on Reserve.
    • Reserve items may be borrowed overnight by faculty only.
  • Magazines and Newspapers:
    • For library use only
    • Faculty and staff may borrow for a period of two days.
  • Reserve Items:
    • Most reserve items are for library use only for a period of two hours. If the loan period differs from this, in most instances it will be specified on the item.
    • Only one video may be borrowed at a time.
    • Three days are required for processing items for reserve.
    • Faculty requesting items to be placed on reserve must fill out a reserve request form.
    • The reserve list is kept at the circulation desk and is available through our Online Catalog.
    • Items can not be placed on hold if they are on reserve.

Borrowing Privileges:

Books are circulated for 28 days and may be renewed if there is not a current hold. Faculty and staff have access to the collections of libraries which participate in the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors (CCALD) Reciprocal Library Borrowing Program. Many local academic libraries, including Trinity College, and The University of Hartford, participate in this program. To participate in this program, faculty and staff need to fill out an application form that is available at the circulation desk. We encourage all patrons to have a library card from their local public library. With a public library card you can borrow materials from any public library in the state and return materials to any public library.

Library Services

Reference Assistance

Reference Service is available during all open hours to assist faculty, staff and students with reference and research needs. There is also a reference assistance request form on the library web page. Faculty, staff and students can also call the library at (860) 906-5020 with reference questions.

Instruction Services

Librarians will instruct students in the range of methods available to access information. If your course includes a research component, we will instruct your students on how to best access information in that subject area. Librarians will help students to understand the "how's and why's" of database searching, how to effectively search using the library catalog and the Internet as well as developing and using critical thinking skills. Librarians will instruct students in the evaluation of websites and other library sources. Research guides are created for each library instruction class. If you wish to schedule a library instruction class, please fill out a form online or contact Karen DeLoatch, Head of Library Instruction at 906-5022 or via email at

Library Acquisitions

If you wish to have the library purchase materials for your courses, please contact Jessica Vanderhoff, Director of Library Services at (860) 906-5021 or via e-mail at You can also place requests in her mailroom box located on the 7th floor. Please Note: Textbooks are not purchased for every class taught at the college.

Interlibrary Loan

Books and journal articles may be requested from other libraries. The library is connected to thousands of other libraries throughout the country. Because materials can come from out of state interlibrary loans can take up to 2 weeks to arrive. Please stop by the library and fill out an interlibrary loan form or you can fill out the form electronically on our web page . This service is limited to faculty, staff and students of Capital Community College. If you have questions concerning interlibrary loan, please contact Lien Tran, Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Supervisor at 906-5026 or via e-mail at If you need materials quickly, you can check other library catalogs to see where materials are located. Use the "Other Libraries" link from the library web page to use catalogs from other academic and public libraries.

Library Reserves

We can place various library materials on reserve, including journal articles, books, book chapters, CDs and DVDs. You can also place personal items on reserve for your classes. You cannot place books or journals checked out from other libraries on reserve. Please stop by the library to fill out a reserve form or fill out the form electronically on the library website. If you have questions concerning library reserves, please contact Lien Tran, Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Supervisor at 906-5026 or via e-mail at .

Electronic Library Reserves

Students enjoy the flexibility of having their reserves available electronically. Electronic reserves are available through the professor's Blackboard course shell. Students need their Net ID and password in order to access electronic reserves. Students can access electronic reserves via any computer that has Internet access.

Services for Distance Learners

Capital Community College Library provides a variety of services to distance learners:

  • Reference
  • E-books and magazines
  • Web access to the library catalog
  • Remote access to the library databases
  • Online ordering from the bookstore


The library has one coin operated photocopier. All photocopies are 15 cents. The photocopier includes a bill changer that accepts 1 dollar and 5 dollars bills. The library does not provide change for photocopies.

Periodicals Reading Room

Newspapers and selected current magazines are kept in the Journal Reading Room in the back of the library.

Print Reference Materials

The library collection contains numerous print reference sources from a wide range of subjects, including business and computer technologies, nursing and allied health, humanities, social sciences and science and math. Reference books are to be used in the library.

Paper Journals and Magazines

The library subscribes to paper journals and magazines covering all areas of the curriculum. Journals and magazines are shelved in alphabetical order. The most recent issues are kept in the Journal Reading Room, along with current and back issues of 6 daily newspapers. Journals, magazines and newspapers are to be used in the library. Journal titles may be searched via the online catalog.


Students have access to over forty computers that access the Internet, Microsoft Office and Blackboard. Login is via Net ID and password.

On-Line Information Databases

The library has over 50 information databases. Many full text articles are available in PDF. Databases may be accessed from off campus via mycommnet.