Library Services – CGCC

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Library Services

Library Services

Students are encouraged to discover the many library services offered.  These include library instruction, reference services, individual research consultations, and resource sharing-Interlibrary loan.  The library provides access to both physical and digital collections.

Circulation Department

At the Circulation desk you can check in and out materials from the Collections, or ask for assistance. Please return materials in the book drop outside the Main campus entrance.  We also have a slot for book returns inside the building between the Library and Security Office. C-GCC photo ID cards can be activated for Library use. Students, faculty, staff and residents of Columbia and Greene counties, sixteen or older, must show valid ID in order to become a borrower. To obtain a library borrowing card, a Columbia or Greene County patron must present adequate documentation to prove county residency. Acceptable documentation includes:

NYS driver’s license with county address

NYS non-driver ID with county address

Other photo ID AND proof of address such as tax or utility bill to a county address in the name of the individual applying for a borrower’s card.

Computer Use

The first floor is equipped with computers, printers, and a variety of study spaces, including a group study room.   Wireless computer access and charging stations for mobile devices are also available.  The Library provides internet access to the college community including the public, 16 years of age or older. Priority is given to students. Computer users must abide by the college’s computer use policy, found in the C-GCC student handbook and also on the college website.

Library Research Guides

Librarians create several research guides posted on the library’s website, customized to course assignments, as well as tutorials for accomplishing effective college-level research. The Library maintains a YouTube Channel providing tutorials to guide students.

Library Skills Course

We provide library research classes to all students. This is a bibliographic instruction course offered by the librarians in the traditional face-to-face format or online throughout the semester. The two main goals of the course are: 1) to introduce students to the research process and 2) to teach students how to navigate the library easily and effectively. They are free and many professors offer extra credit to encourage students to participate. Pre-registration at the Library is required.

Photocopying Charges

Photocopiers: 15¢ per page
Microfilm: 10¢ per page

PRIMO, the Online Catalog

The system lets you search our catalog. We have over 65,000 books in our collections, thousands of E-books, DVDs, articles, and audiobooks. You can also discover what’s available in the SUNY catalog.

Quiet Study Areas

We offer quiet study places in our Library conference room and on the second floor.  On the upper level, the library offers a variety of seating including individual study carrels, comfortable chairs, and high-top tables with views of the campus and beautiful landscapes, perfect for reading and studying.


The Reference Librarians assist C-GCC students, faculty, staff and the general public with answering questions and locating information for research and general interest during hours of operation. Ask for help at the circulation desk or contact us.

Resource Sharing-Interlibrary Loan

Resource Sharing allows the borrowing and lending of books within the SUNY Library network. If an item is unavailable through SUNY, it may be available from another participating library.   CGCC students who are currently enrolled in credit courses and faculty, staff, and emeriti are eligible.  Most libraries participating in interlibrary loan do not charge a fee.  If a fee is required, we will contact you before the request is filled.  Your items can be picked up at the Circulation Desk by appointment.  Books must be returned at the Circulation Desk or in the 24-hour book drop at the Main Campus entrance. Sign into PRIMO using your college email address to search the SUNY Catalog.

Media Services

This department provides the tracking and distribution of equipment requested by faculty and staff, the hosting of satellite teleconferences and the creation of licensed off-air tapes of educational programming.

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