The mission of the Black River Technical College Library is to enhance learning by providing access to information that complements and supplements the college’s educational programs and courses. The library, which has holdings of over 25,000, seeks to provide ready access to information in a variety of formats in order to strengthen the information literacy skills of the library’s clientele.
The Library of Congress classification system is used for the arrangement of books, and an online catalog provides access to the collection. Reserve items are available at the circulation desk, and coin-operated copy machines are available for use. The library’s Internet and CD-ROM databases give full-text accessibility to thousands of magazines and journals and provide abstracts for many more. Students can also log on to the online catalog, selected databases, as well as for online assistance. Books and journal articles which the library does not own can usually be obtained through interlibrary loan if enough prior notice is given – usually ten days.
Distance learners enrolled at the college are provided with detailed information for accessing the online catalog and the Internet databases through the library’s homepage. User names and passwords for online services are provided, and students are encouraged to contact the library for assistance with research questions.
The library is open 51 hours per week (during fall and spring semesters) with reference services available continuously to provide users with assistance in locating information and resources. Orientation sessions are offered each semester, and printed guides are available which explain library policies and guide patrons in the use of the library.
A student ID must be presented each time a BRTC patron checks out materials. A driver’s license must be presented each time a community patron check out materials.
- Books may be checked out for a two-week period with one renewal.
- Reference materials, most reserve items, audiovisual materials, and periodicals must be used in the library only.
- All library materials must be returned at the end of each semester/term before grades can be received, transcripts sent, etc.
When materials are returned to the library, they should be placed in the return bin at the circulation counter. An after-hours book depository is also located at the front entrance of the library.
Borrowers may check out as many as five (5) items.
The purpose of the Black River Technical College Library is to enhance lifelong learning by providing access to information that complements and supplements the college’s educational programs and courses.
The vision for the BRTC Library is ready access to information in a variety of formats in order to strengthen the information literacy skills of the library’s clientele. Through excellence in customer service, the staff strives to make the library an effective team member that contributes to students successfully meeting their academic, vocational, and personal development goals. Since quality is a journey and not a destination, library personnel seek to continually build and maintain a relevant collection of resources to help students succeed in this increasingly complex and often chaotic information age.
- Quality service
- Approachable personnel
- Ease of access to information
- Inclusion of new technologies