Distance Learners


Why do I need a library card?

You will need to have a current library card to check out books, DVD's or CD's. A library card and password enable you to request materials from the catalog.

How do I get a library card?

Students can go to the circulation desk at any of the RCC libraries. Please bring photo ID and proof of your current mailing address.  You will also need your student ID card, as we put your library card number on the back of it. You choose your password when applying for your library card.

How do I get a library card password?

If you currently have a library card from RCC, go to the circulation desk at the campus library most convenient to you to request a password.

How do I check books out?

Once you have located library materials in the catalog and requested that they be sent to the library most convenient to you, you will be notified by phone or mail when they arrive.  You can also check your Patron Account in the catalog for item status. Go to the circulation desk of the library holding your materials. Inform them that you have holds to pick up and give them your library card.

Can I borrow books from Southern Oregon University?

Yes, RCC students enrolled in at least a one credit class have checkout privileges at SOU. Access the SOU library catalog to place book material on hold for delivery to Redwood, Riverside, or Table Rock Campus. Books circulate for a 2 week loan period and may be renewed (if no holds are pending) in person, by phone or online. Photo ID and proof of mailing address will be required if using the SOU library in person.


How do I search for magazine articles?

Several article databases are available to you through the RCC Library homepage.  The primary resource is EBSCOhost.  This is a collection of databases grouped by subject. Abstracts are provided for all articles, and the complete articles are available online for most of the journals. As an RCC student, you have access to this database from home as well as on campus.  Please follow this link to access EBSCOhost. Note: your username is your on-campus student computer logon. Passwords must be set on campus. Call (541) 956-7152 for help.

What do I do if I have a reference question?

We have knowledgeable staff to help guide you through the research process.  Assistance is available to you in person at the RCC libraries located on the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass, the Riverside Campus in Medford, and the Table Rock Campus in White City.  We will also be happy respond to your questions by phone or e-mail.  The number for the reference desk on the Redwood Campus is (541) 956-7153, for Riverside Campus (541) 245-7522, and for Table Rock (541) 245-7820.  If you prefer to use e-mail, see Staff Contact information on the RCC Library homepage.

Reserve Room

Campus libraries provide a Reserve Room that contains a collection of textbooks and other materials for student use.

The loan period is typically two hours, but other time allotments may be designated.

Late returns incur fines. The charge varies with the type of loan. Be sure to ask when the item is due. You are responsible for the item until it is returned.

The Reserve Room is open during the library hours.
Contact the Circulation Desk for further information.
Redwood Campus (541) 956-7152
Riverside Campus (541) 245-7512
Table Rock Campus (541) 245-7820

Can I search the library catalog from home?

Yes, the library catalog lists books, DVD's, CD's and other materials. The catalog can be accessed from on or off campus. Materials from any of the member libraries can be requested and delivered to the library location you select.  Follow this link to the Library Catalog.

What if I need an Interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) enables RCC students, faculty, and staff to obtain materials that are not available in local libraries. Community library users are not eligible for this service, but should contact their public library.


How long will it take?
The time it takes to receive requested material generally depends upon the location of the lending library. Materials borrowed from Pacific Northwest libraries can be expected within five days to two weeks. Items from libraries in other parts of the country may take three or four weeks.

How long may I keep the library's materials?
Generally materials are checked out for two weeks. Renewals are sometimes possible if requested prior to due date.

How do I submit a request?
First, check the local library catalog. Next, check the SOU library catalog to see if the material is available there. If the item is not found, then use First Search for access to WorldCat and several other databases.

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