Tag Archives: Textbooks

What is Course Reserve?

Course Reserve provides students access to:

  • Textbooks (if your online order hasn’t arrived yet)
  • Technology (laptops, wireless hubs, webcams, headphones)
  • Supplemental course readings that cannot legally be scanned into Blackboard
  • DVDs
  • Exam Test Prep Books
  • Phone Chargers & Phone Blocks
  • Calculators
  • Headphones
  • Whiteboard Markers
  • Camera Tripod
  • and more!

Course Reserve can be checked out at the Library’s Circulation Desk with your RaiderCard – it’s your library card! Some items are for in-library use only, but many are for use outside the Library. 

Course Reserve
Library assistant retrieves Course Reserves title for a student.




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Recap: Open Education Week

OE Week 2021 logo

by Sophia Brewer

If you are thinking about Open Educational Resources (OER) and missed International Open Education Week (OE Week) – during Spring Break – we’ve got you covered. OE Week is when colleges and universities worldwide celebrate Open Educational Resources by actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education.   

GRCC is a proven leader in the adoption and integration of OER. With GRCC’s latest data showing 5,062 students benefiting and 199 sessions using OER, we reduced student cost by $628,700 in Fall 2020. Yes, we are excited about what we have been able to save students, but we can do so much more if other faculty adopt OER. 

infographic showing the students served and cost savings due to OER during Fall 2020

Check out the Center for Teaching Excellence list of GRCC courses using OER, and contact Lauren Woolsey (laurenwoolsey @ grcc.edu)who is leading GRCC’s OER Initiative if you have questions. Our OER Subject Guide can help – and your liaison librarian will help you search for quality OER if you are interested. Whether you are curious to learn more about OER, or want to know what other colleges and universities are doing, check out the recorded sessions from this year’s OE Week:

For a complete list of sessions during OE Week, visit https://www.openeducationweek.org/schedule.

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Virtual Reference Assistance For You

GRCC Virtual Reference Hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

Have an APA citing question? Need a list of professional journals in your field? Can’t find a college-level article that explains the PRO-CONS of a topic? Need an eBook on <name your topic>? Wondering if an internet website is legit? Need to narrow a research topic to articles published in peer-reviewed journals?

We will help answer all of those questions – and yours, too. Contact a GRCC librarian via:

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GRCC Library Here For You (despite Building Hours change)

GRCC is transitioning more in-person classes to virtual formats to slow the spread of Covid-19. Beginning November 18, 2020, the GRCC Library building will be open by appointment-only for checkouts and returns of laptops, hotspots, and other technology.  Schedule appointments with Cynthia Browne (616-389-4881 or cynthiabrowne @ grcc.edu). We continue to offer Virtual Services. Use:

As services evolve, see Virtual Services for details.

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Need a Textbook? Try VitalSource

If you lost access to a textbook due to our recent campus shift to online learning, VitalSource may be for you. You can access many (not all) etextbooksVitalSource graphic from participating publishers, available through May 25, 2020.

Go to VitalSource and click to [Create a VitalSource Account] if you haven’t already got one.  You may select up to 7 titles. Be sure to create your account using your GRCC email address.

Textbook publishers coming together and opening up free access to their content is unprecedented and heartwarming!

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