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Graphic Novels at GRCC

Graphic Novels spelled out with book covers

GRCC’s Library has graphic novels! Who knew? Graphic novels are “books made up of comics content. Although the word “novel” normally refers to long fictional works, the term “graphic novel” is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work.” – Wikipedia.

This collection is used by graphic arts students, English as a Second Language learners, and those seeking a alternative to “too-much text”.  If you don’t see what you want, try our free MeLCat Interlibrary Loan Service where we borrow titles from other Michigan libraries (with larger graphic novel collections) we don’t own and alert you when they’re here.


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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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MeLCat Requesting

MeL logoDuring the latter part of this semester, MeLCat requests will be temporarily shut down due to server migration in Lansing.

  • If you are a MeLCat user, request titles before Tuesday November 17; you may start requesting titles again via MeLCat beginning December 12.
  • If you have MeLCat titles already checked out or due during this time frame, you should still return them to GRCC. If you need a renewal, go to [MyMeLCat].

You may place requests at any time by starting at the [RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan] Subject Guide to set up a RaiderLoan account. Setup only needs to be done once. After you’ve created a RaiderLoan account*, fill out and submit your requests.

*Tip: You must use your GRCC email address for all notifications and receipt of articles and book chapters in RaiderLoan. Please note, your RaiderLoan password is not the network password, so be sure to make the RaiderLoan password something you will remember.

MeLCat is the statewide union catalog and resource sharing service to share materials among all types of libraries in Michigan. GRCC has been a MeLCat partner since its inception.

For more information or assistance, contact Kathy Schoen at 616-234-3749 or kschoen@grcc.edu.

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GRCC Library Is Under Construction

hard_hat By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems and Web Librarian

As of May 6th, the library has moved over to the ATC 224! The LRC building is undergoing HVAC renovations, which will take place from now until mid-July. Our summer hours are now M-Th, 8A-8P, Fridays, 8A-5P, and closed on the weekends. As we are closed on the weekends during the summer, any emails or phone calls in will not be returned until Monday morning.

Here are ways for you to access library services while we are undergoing renovations:

  • If you’re looking to use a computer, you can use the open lab at ATC 215 which is open M-TH from 730A – 10P and on Fridays from 730A – 5P. The ATC is also closed on the weekend. Here is a map of all of the computer labs and tutor locations  around campus that are open during the summer.
  • This is a pretty comprehensive list of all our off campus services, including databases, ebooks, and more, which will still be available during the renovation.
  • If you have a general question, you can stop in at ATC 224 and speak to a librarian or you can give us a call or email us.
  • If you’re looking for physical materials such as books and audio/visual materials,  access to the general circulating collection in the LRC will be closed to the public during the renovation. However, you can request these materials using RaiderLoan request form. Items requested from the general circulating collection will be pulled twice a day and will be held for you in the library’s offices at ATC 224. If you use RaiderLoan for ILL requests or if you have done a MelCat request, those items will also be on hold for you at ATC 224.
  • We have a limited number of reserves for the summer. If your class has a reserve title, please call the library before heading over to make sure it is available for you to use.

If there is any questions we have not covered, please do not hesitate to contact us via email, phone, or social media.

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Welcome to GRCC Library!

By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

Hard to believe it’s time for another fall semester!

Whether you’re a new student or a returning one, Grand Rapids Community College Library has loads of services to help make your semester a successful one.

Here is what you can do at GRCC Library:

  • The library’s hours and phone numbers are available on this blog and on the front page of http://grcc.edu/library
  • The library has 50 open lab computers available for student and staff use
  • If you brought your own laptop or mobile device, WiFi is available all throughout the building
  • Not only can you print from any of the open lab computers, you can also set up your laptop for wireless printing. which can be used anywhere on campus
    • Printing is $.10 per page for black and white, and $1 per page for color.
  • Your RaiderCard is your library card! It will allow you to pick up print jobs, check out materials, and access content off campus.
  • You can search for books, videos, audio, and electronic materials through RaiderCat
  • Browse through over 150 databases for articles on just about every subject
  • Manage your library account by checking on requested items and renewing materials
  • Request materials through RaiderLoan and MeLCat
  • You can email a librarian 24/7 if you need help. We will respond by the next business day.
  • Many classes take a tour of the library; you can do so virtually!
  • Did you know the library was on several different social networks? Now you can follow us everywhere!
  • If you ever have any questions on what you can and cannot do at the library, we’ve put together a fairly in depth FAQ.
  • We have dozens and dozens of Subject Guides,  the librarian’s version of Wikipedia, on all subjects and areas of interest related to the library, the college, and Grand Rapids.
  • For faculty, if you’re looking for your liaison librarian or how to request an information literacy session, we’ve got you covered.

Finally, you can access any of our content from anywhere in the world, as long as you know your RaiderCard number. If it’s 3 AM and you’re working on homework and need to search a database,  we’ve got your back!

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