Love to Read?

GRCC’s Library contains a great collection focused on resources for instructional use. But, if you’re like many of us, sometimes you just want to read something “fun.”  Did you know that you can request leisure reading titles to be delivered from MeLCat search for Aretha Frankling titleother Michigan libraries to GRCC for your use? For free?

Here’s how:

  1. Start at GRCC’s RaiderSearch Catalog and run a [Title] search for the book,  video, or CD  you want.
  2. If GRCC does not own the book, then click the [Search MelCat] icon which runs the same search in the statewide MeLCat Catalog.
  3. Select your title from the MeL screen and click [Get this for me] and follow the screen prompts. You’ll be asked to logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider Number.
  4. We’ll contact you when the title arrives from the lending library. When you’re done, drop it back at GRCC’s Library and we’ll return it!

It’s easy… free to GRCC… and, it will expand your reading options astronomically!


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Can I Borrow …..?

If you’re on campus and forgot some “essential something,” call the Library’s Circulation & Course Reserve Desk (616-234-3872) to see if they have one to lend you.  The LLC has:

  • Laptop computers for on-campus use;
  • Cell phone chargers;
  • USB battery packs;
  • Headphones;
  • Student supply kit (scissors, pens, notecards, etc.);
  • Whiteboard markers (to use on the LLC whiteboards); and,
  • TI-84 graphing calculators.

Those items are in addition to the books, video, and textbooks typically found on Course Reserve.

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Imminent Database Changes – Important Stuff!

MeL logoGRCC has benefited from access to MeL online databases – paid for through state and federal taxes. Every 5 years, a MeL committee reviews database offerings and, this year, MAJOR changes were made.  On October 1, GRCC will lose access to most of the former MeL databases (Academic OneFile, General OneFile, etc.) but will have access to a wide variety of new-to-us databases from EBSCO a recognized leader in academic databases.

What this means for our students? Over the next 8 weeks, you will see regular changes to the recommended databases listed on Subject Guides as well as the Databases pages.  Other than that, you will likely see more resources in full-text online.

What this means for faculty?  Here is a crosswalk list of potential usability between the old MeL and the new MeL. If you use permalinks from LLC content to Blackboard, speak with your liaison librarian before the end of September about whether your current permalinks will still be in an accessible database, and, what your options are for continued access to expiring MeL content. Your Liason Librarian can help change out permalinks if you provide Blackboard access.  And, even if we’re losing online access to some journals, it’s likely still available legally with our Copyright Clearance Center RightFind Annual License.  Finally, you may also want to take a look at ProQuest Central databases – we’ve added LOTS of databases to our ProQuest license. You’ll love it!


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Closed Labor Day Weekend

The Library will be open Friday, August 31st until 5:00 PM, and then will close for the Labor Day Weekend.  The Library will reopen Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30 AM.

Enjoy this last weekend of Summer!

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What’s on Course Reserve? – For Students

If your textbook isn’t available at the Bookstore, or, you’re waiting for your copy to arrive from an online vendor, don’t fall behind in your assigned reading!  Check to see if the Library has a copy of the textbook that you can use in the LLC until yours is available.  Check here for a Course Listing  – OR –  check here for a listing by professor’s name.  Most academic departments put one copy of their textbooks onto Course Reserve.  If yours isn’t there, ask your professor to place one on Reserve.

Textbooks are not the only titles on Reserve.  Often faculty put personal copies of books, or ask that library copies of books and DVDs go to Reserve.  Questions?  Contact  Library Circulation at 616-234-3872, or, take a look at the Course Reserve Subject Guide.

Student pulling a Course Reserve title for another student's use.

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