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Library Services & Staff

The Library is located on the first floor of the L Building and houses a reference desk, circulation services desk, 3 group study rooms, 1 quiet study room, a leisure reading zone and an instructional area.  The Library provides study space and seating for approximately 200 students.  The study rooms accommodate an additional 30 students.  Three ADA compliant study tables/carrels are available for student use.  Library services located on the first floor include a scanner, photocopiers, 12 computers, 2 ADA computers, UbiDuo communication devices, Wi-Fi, and a document enlarger.  The Library and Learning Resource Center share a printing system that provides self-service printing.

The Library collection includes: more than 23,000 books, over 50 print periodicals, a Best Sellers Collection, a Circulating Collection, a Reference Collection, Easy Readers and a Textbooks/Reserve Collection, as well as over 40 databases. Calculators, Chromebooks and cords are also available for checkout by currently registered students.

Reference Desk:

Librarians are available to assist you in-person, via chat, e-mail and over the phone (510-748-2398).   The library has a large collection of online resources and services that can be accessed on our Library Online Services webpage.

Circulation Desk:

Go to the Circulation Desk to check books in or out; checking on or clearing holds and blocks on your record; and other circulation concerns.

  • Circulation Supervisor, (510) 748-2251 or email
  • Circulation Desk, (510) 748-2120 or email

Checking Out Materials:

  • Students must be currently enrolled in classes and have a student identification card with current semester sticker — this ID is also your library card.
  • Faculty must present a current photo ID to checkout materials.  For new accounts or expired accounts, faculty will also be asked to present verification of current employment.
  • Student IDs can be obtained from the Welcome Center in Bldg. A. Having this card will also allow students to check out materials from College of Alameda and the other Peralta Community College District Libraries.
  • A total of 5 circulating books/magazines, three in one subject area, may be checked out at one time. Circulating books can be checked out for  3 weeks and can be renewed 2 times (as long as there is no hold and not overdue).
  • Reserve Textbooks are library use only, checkout for 2 hours and a max of two textbooks per person.
  • The most current issue of magazines is library use only.   Many older periodicals going back to Jan. 2011 may be checked out for 3 weeks and be renewed 2 times (excluding reference items, current issue, bound issues, rare items and newspapers).  A total of 5 circulating books/magazines, 3 in one subject area, may be checked out at one time.
  • Calculators are kept at the Reserve Desk and can checkout for 7 days. There is a max checkout of 1 per person. Only students registered for classes at COA may check out the calculators.
  • Chromebooks, charging cords and headphones are 2 hour checkouts, library use only.  There is max checkout of 1 each per person. They cannot leave the Library. Only students registered for classes at COA may check out Chromebooks, charging cords and headphones.
  • Reference books are library use only. They cannot leave the Library.
  • Renewals can be done in-person, over the phone or online.  Books that have a hold placed on them or have been renewed the maximum number of times cannot be renewed.  To renew an overdue book, it must be brought to the Circulation Desk and can only be renewed if it has not exceeded the maximum number of renewals and does not have a hold.    Faculty may request approval from the Access Services Librarian for a third renewal. Once you have returned an item that has already been renewed the maximum number of times, you must wait one week before checking the same item out again.
  • Patrons may place a hold on a circulating book that is currently checked out by requesting that the staff place a hold in the system for them.  Patrons can place a hold in-person, online or over the phone. A hold prevents the item from being renewed and initiates a notification to the waiting patron that the book has been returned and is being held for them at the Circulation Desk.  Books are kept on the hold shelf for one week.
  • Faculty checkouts over intersessions – Before the semester ends, current faculty (those scheduled to teach in one of the adjacent sessions on either side of an intersession) may checkout books to keep over intersessions that fall between the regular Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. The due date will be set for the first day of the next regular session (Summer is considered a regular session for this policy). Standard policy on number of checkouts and renewals will apply.
  • Books can be returned in the book drop located on the outside of the L Building (located on the wall to the left of the building entrance) and also in the book drop slots located inside the building at the Circulation Desk.
  • People are blocked from checking out until overdue materials are either returned or the replacement cost is paid.  The replacement cost varies depending on the item.


Reserves/textbooks are next to the Circulation Desk.  Go to the Reserve Desk for library use of textbooks, Chromebooks, charging cords, calculators and other materials that have been placed on Reserve.  You will also need a current student id to use Reserve materials. Instructors are encouraged to contact the Reserves Supervisor several weeks prior to the semester in order to place materials on Reserve.

  • Reserves Supervisor, (510) 748-2122 or email

Study Rooms:

The Library has several study rooms available for current students to use for class-related study.  For more information on study rooms, see the COA Library’s Study Room Policy (below under Policies section).


Please contact any of the librarians, or leave a message at the Reference Desk (510-748-2398) for more information about library services.  Faculty should contact the library to schedule a library instruction session for their class. Faculty are encouraged to discuss library resources, services and instruction with a librarian, especially in relation to available resources for specific assignments and course development.  We also recommend that faculty provide librarians with a copy of assignments that may require library research.

Full-Time Librarians:

  • Jane McKenna —  Head Librarian, (510) 748-2366
  • Ann Buchalter — Technical Services/Systems Librarian, (510) 748-2253
  • Instructional Librarian – vacant

Adjunct Librarians:


The Library subscribes to over 50 print periodicals. Current issues and six months of back issues are shelved in the Browsing Area. Ask at the circulation desk for issues that are older than six months. The most current issue of magazines is library use only.  Many older periodicals may be checked out for 3 weeks and be renewed 2 times (excluding reference items, current issues, bound issues, rare items and newspapers).  At total of 5 magazines, 3 in one subject area, may be checked out at one time.

  • Periodicals Supervisor, (510) 748-2252 or email

Library Office and Acquisitions:

  • Library Principal Technician, (510) 748-2365 or email

Technical Processing:

Contact the Technical Services/Systems Librarian for any information on concerning the cataloging or processing of books.

  • Ann Buchalter, M.L.I.S. — Technical Services/Systems Librarian, (510) 748-2253

Library Policies and Forms:

Other L-Building Services: Learning Resources & Open Labs