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Library Services for Students

Library services, policies, resources for students

Welcome to the Library!

The CR Library is one of the best resources you have for academic success.  This guide outlines the many services available to students that can help you with your courses and your research.  If you have a question, please stop and talk with our staff or click on the "More Help" tab for other ways to contact us.

Library Hours

During Fall 2020, in-person access to the CR library is available by arrangement only.

THANKSGIVING HOURS: The Reference Desk will be CLOSED between 11/22 and 11/29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Circulation Desk will be open Monday and Tuesday, 11/23-24; CLOSED the rest of the week.

Librarians are available by phone, chat, or email between 12:00 - 8:00 Monday - Thursday and 10:00 - 1:00 Saturdays. 
Call 707-476-4260, or use the "Chat with a Librarian" icon on most library webpages.

You can also submit research questions using our Ask-a-Librarian email service:
On any library page with a "chat" icon, if chat is not available the icon will automatically transfer you to a form to submit your questions. You should receive a response within 48 hours in most cases.

Do you have questions about checkouts, reserve materials, or your library account?
Call the Circulation Desk at 707-476-4260 to speak with library staff between 8:00 - 5:00 Monday-Thursday, or 8:00 - 4:00 Fridays, or email us at

Physical books and other library materials may be available for checkout during Fall 2020 by arrangement during specified hours.  Please contact the Circulation Desk to arrange for pickup, or to ask about options if you are not able to come to the Eureka campus.

Library books and DVDs may be returned in the book drop to the right of the front doors at any time.  Equipment checked out from the library must be returned in person; contact the Circulation Desk to make arrangements.

Student success and the library

Many classes have assignments that require students to locate reliable sources of information. Students often assume this information will be easy to locate on the web, but that's not always true. If you're having trouble finding the materials you need, our librarians and library staff are ready to help you find what you need to complete your assignments, whether in the library or on the internet.

What can we do for you?

  • Eureka and Del Norte libraries have over 95K books, eBooks, DVDs, and other items that can be borrowed, including headphones, flash drives, calculators, laptops, study roooms
  • The CR libraries have 37 online research databases, which are searched by students about 75K times per year
  • Our librarians and library staff answer about 18.5K questions per year
  • The librarians at the Reference Desk are faculty, just like your professors, with advanced degrees in library science - the art of "finding things out"


"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers.  A librarian can bring you back the right one." - Neil Gaiman


Library Privileges

Any registered student at College of the Redwoods is entitled to use all library resources, including checking out circulating books, use of reserve textbooks, use of  the library's computers and printing equipment, and accessing electronic resources from on and off campus. 

  • A photo ID (college ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) is necessary to check out items for use.
  • In some cases, accessing resources from off-campus will require students to authenticate by entering their student ID number or other information before use of the resources. 

Students with outstanding overdues or fines greater than a certain limit may have their privileges temporarily revoked until their records are cleared with the library.  For more information about library loan periods, fines, etc., please see the "Loan Periods, Fees, and Fines" tab.