Services – CGCC

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Audio Visual Department

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.

Circulation Desk & Library Cards

At the Circulation desk you can check in and out materials from the collections, or ask for assistance. Please return materials (other than DVDS or CDs) in the book drop outside the library if we are closed. 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.

InterLibrary Loan Department

Did you ever need an article or book, or want a DVD or audiobook that our Library doesn’t own? If we don’t have what you need in our collections, you need to create an ILLiad user account to use the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. This is available to currently enrolled students taking credit classes, faculty, administration and staff. Borrowers must have a valid C-GCC Library card. In order to register and use ILLiad you must have a valid e-mail address and know your C-GCC student ID. Go to the Records & Registration Office if you do not know your C-GCC ID number. For more information review the Interlibrary Loan section.

Computer Use

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 our website. Public patrons are limited to 1/2 hour computer use per day, if available. Computers are not available when library classes are in session. Wireless internet access is available.

Library Research Handouts

We have many handouts available to guide students with the creation of bibliographies, footnoting and with the research process.

Photocopying Charges

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

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.

Online Databases

We have a variety of online subscriptions to databases providing access to articles, many of which are full text. Remote access is available to all currently enrolled C-GCC students and employees.

Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)

This online system lets you search our book catalog. We have over 65,000 books in our collections. Visit our Book Catalog (link opens in new browser window).

Print, Microfilm & Newspaper Collections

The print and microfilm collections are composed of journal, magazine and newspaper titles. The Newspaper Collection consists of national, regional, and local titles. In addition, electronic versions exist. Materials in microfilm can be viewed, scanned and copied from microfilm readers. Materials do not circulate.

Quiet Study Areas

We offer quiet study places in our Library conference room and on our second floor.


The Reference Librarians assist C-GCC students, faculty, staff and the general public with answering questions and locating information for research and general interest. Ask for help at the circulation desk or e-mail us. The Reference Collection is composed of non-circulating items such as dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, statistical sources, and biographical sources.


Faculty and Librarians place course materials in the Reserves Collection, located behind the circulation desk. The materials are only available to students and faculty. Loan periods vary.

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