FAQS: For students

The LBCC Library building is closed, but you can still access our services and collections. Learn more on our COVID-19/ Remote Services page.

1. Can I check out a book?

The Library is working with the Campus Store to offer pickups of books and other circulating materials at the Campus Store's loading dock on the Albany Campus.

Place a hold on the resource from your library account, and you will receive an email with further instructions about the pickup times and location. If you would like assistance with this process, please contact the Reference Desk at (541) 917-4645 or libref@linnbenton.edu.

2. Can I print out materials for class?

If you have class assignments, papers or things you need to have printed, you can send an email to printing@linnbenton.edu with your document as an attachment and the LBCC print shop will print it for you, and notify you when it is available for pickup at the LBCC Campus Store's curbside location.

3. Can I study on campus?

Students who have time between on campus classes can go to the following areas to study:

  • RCH corridor with 8 study stations with power outlets available.
  • WOH corridor with 4 study stations with power outlets available.
  • RCH classroom 213--temporary occupancy level for study for 12 students, includes sink with hand washing station.
The college is making those available ONLY for students who are taking in-person, on-campus classes and need the space immediately before, after, or between those classes.

4. Can I use Library databases from home?

All of our articles, ebooks, streaming videos, and other databases are available on and off campus.  If you are on campus, you will need to log in using your LBCC ID and your year of birth.

Whether you are researching on or off campus, be sure to start your search from links on the Library's Web site to avoid paywalls.

If you have any questions about accessing databases from off campus, call the library at 541-917-4645 or email us at libref@linnbenton.edu.

5. How can I get the full-text of an article?

  • Go to All Magazines, Newspapers, and Journals and search for the title of the periodical (newspaper, magazine, or journal) in which the article appears. If we provide access to that periodical, the title should appear at or near the top of the results list. 
  • Click on the periodical title to see which issues/dates are included in our databases.
  • Click on one of the databases that includes the date your article was published.
  • Scroll down to find the correct date and article. You may need to select from a drop-down menu or expand a menu by clicking a plus sign (+).
  • Alternatively, type the article title in the Search within Publication box.
  • If you do not see the periodical or correct date/issue listed, follow the instructions to request the article through interlibrary loan.

6. How can I return my library materials?

Most items are due on the last day of finals. Items from other libraries and renewed items may have a different due date. Check on My Library Account to see due dates and other account details.
  Please return books, hot spots, and DVDs to the book drop outside the Albany Campus Library or a partner library in the Linn Libraries Consortium.   Options to return Laptops are outlined below. Please return all accessories (bag, cord, mouse) that were checked out with the laptop. We recommend that you get a note from the staff verifying the date, your name, and the library barcode (starts with 3881300..).

  • To return 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday: Go to the Albany Campus's Central Point Pickup.
  • To return after 4:00 pm and on weekends: Go to the Public Safety Office (Red Cedar Hall 119). First call (541)926-6855.
All library items, including laptops, can also be returned at the Benton Center in Corvallis from 8:30am-5:00pm.
  • Go to the main door on the west side of the building. Ring the doorbell.
  • If you need to make arrangements to return items on another day, call (541)757-8944, x5101.
You can make an appointment to drop off materials at the Sweet Home and Lebanon Center, too.
  • To make an appointment at the Lebanon Center, call 541-259-5801. The phone is answered Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • To make an appointment at the Sweet Home Center, contact Pearl Christman (email: christp@linnbenton.edu / phone: 541-367-6901). The phone is answered Mon - Thu 8:00am to 4:00pm.
If you have questions or extenuating circumstances, you can contact us at libcirc@linnbenton.edu. For questions about interlibrary loans, please email libill@linnbenton.edu.  

7. How do I access course reserves?

Textbooks currently check out for the whole term. This means fewer people will have access to them.

For students

  • Contact the Reference Desk for help finding a print or digital copy of the book in the library.
  • If you can't afford your course materials, contact the Roadrunner Resource Center (resources@linnbenton.edu) for help.
For faculty
  • You can ask us to check on the availability of licensed, digital copies of books, videos, and articles.
  • If licensing isn't available, librarians can suggest similar free and open materials.
  • Librarians can also provide information about copyright and fair use to instructors who have questions about scanning and sharing materials in Moodle. Microsoft Lens and Adobe Scan are two free scanning apps that we recommend.
If you have any questions, email libcirc@linnbenton.edu or call 541-917-4638. 

8. How do I find a peer-reviewed journal article?

icon for Academic JournalThere are several ways to find and access a peer-reviewed journal article. One of the easiest ways is to search the Library's Academic Search Premier database. On the results list for your search, look for the Academic Journal icon. Most articles (reviews and letters to the editor are the exceptions) in Academic Journals have to be reviewed by the author/s' peers in the discipline before they are published.

9. How do I make an appointment with a librarian?

You can make an appointment with a librarian by calling (541) 917-4645 or emailing us at libref@linnbenton.edu.

However, the easiest way to meet with a librarian is to visit us during drop-in hours! Librarians staff the Reference/Information deskon the Albany campus (that's the desk furthest away from the front door) Monday--Friday 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday/Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. You will meet a libriarian and get the same service as you would in an appointment. If visiting during the summer or between terms, check our website for hours.

If closer to Lebanon, you can visit our library branch that is located in the Healthcare Occupations Center building (next door to the medical school) Monday--Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, with appointments unavailable between 12 pm and 1 pm. 

We look forward to working with you!

10. Is Zoom secure?

We value your privacy and safety, so when you enter the Library Zoom Room you will be placed in a waiting room. A reference librarian will admit you for an individual session, and only you and the librarian will be able to access the video, audio, and chat.

11. When are my books due?

All materials checked out fall term (except interlibrary loans) are due December 11, 2020.If you need some more time, you may be able to renew a book or DVD online.  And if you have questions or extenuating circumstances, you can get in touch with us at libcirc@linnbenton.edu.

For items that belong to other libraries (interlibrary loans), due dates (and fines) are set by the lending library. For questions about interlibrary loan, please email libill@linnbenton.edu.

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