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Library Services & Staff

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.

  • Reference Desk,  (510) 748-2398

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
  • Circulation Desk, (510) 748-2120

Checking Out Materials:

  • Be currently enrolled in classes and have a student identification card with current semester sticker — this ID is also your library card.
  • You can get your student id from the Welcome Center in Bldg. A — Having this card will also allow you to check out books from College of Alameda and the other Peralta Community College District Libraries.
  • A total of five (5) books/magazines, three in one subject area, may be checked out at one time. Circulating books can be checked out for three (3) weeks and can be renewed two times (as long as there is no hold).
  • 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.
  • The most current issue of magazines are library use only.   Many older periodicals going back to Jan. 2011 may be checked out for three (3) weeks and be renewed two times (excluding reference items, current issue, bound issues, rare items and newspapers).  At total of five (5) books/magazines, three in one subject area, may be checked out at one time.
  • Calculators are kept at the Reserve Desk and can checkout for 3 days.
  • Reference books and reserve books (including textbooks) are also library use only.
  • 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.
  • Faculty must present a photo id. to checkout materials.  For new accounts or expired accounts, faculty will also be asked to present verification of current employment.
  • 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 slot located inside the building at the Circulation Desk.


Reserves is part of the Circulation Desk.  Go to Reserves for library use of required textbooks, pamphlets, and other materials that instructors have placed on Reserve.  You will also need a current student id to use Reserve materials. Instructors are encouraged to prepare their materials and contact the Reserves Supervisor several weeks prior to the semester in which they plan to use the materials. Instructors are also encouraged to withdraw materials not currently in use.

  • Reserves Supervisor, (510) 748-2122

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.


Please contact any of the librarians, or leave a message at the Reference Desk (510-748-2398) for more information about library services and/or instruction. 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:

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

Adjunct Librarians:


Ask at Periodicals to see a current list of magazines that the library owns. Also at this desk are slips that should be filled out in order to check out magazines and journals.

  • Periodicals Supervisor, (510) 748-2252

Library Office and Acquisitions:

  • Library Office,  (510) 748-2365

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


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