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How To Find a Book: FAQ

FAQs for books and ebooks

Who can take things out?

Currently enrolled CCBC students and staff, as well as UMBC and UB students.

How do I check things out?

Books that say "Check Shelves" and "Circ Stacks" are available right now. Write down/text yourself the Call Number of the book. Head to a library and locate the item. Head to the Circulation or Information desk with your ID and your book. You must use your valid student ID card to borrow materials.  If you do not have a Student ID card you may obtain one from any CCBC Records and Registration office.

Where are they located?

On the Catonsville campus, books that can be checked out are all on the 3rd floor. At Dundalk, behind the first shelf. At Essex, on the 2nd floor and 1st floor displays.

For how long?

Most books listed as located in the CIRC or circulating sections may be borrowed for 3 weeks. Some books are available for 7 day checkouts and are marked with a sticker on the spine.

How Do I Renew?

Online, on the phone, or in person.

Can I check out eBooks?

Yes, but you don't have to - you can view them just like a website, print pages, or email yourself a chapter. You will need to download either Adobe Digital Editions software or the Ebsco Ebook reader app to read most of our downloadable eBooks. Not all eBooks can be downloaded.

Why do you have some books as eBooks and some in print?

Different publishers have different rules and prices and we try to get the best deal to provide the most access for each book.

Why would I check out a book?

You want to read more than a few pages; you want to re-read the material; books provide the best overview and are a great place to get started; you don't want to pay for photocopies of some pages; you think it works for your topic and you don't know exactly how yet.