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Library News is a hub for sharing information about library services.  This includes library classes, featured articles, new materials, book reviews, changes in the library and much more.  Visit this page often to get the latest updates on what is happening at the library.

Looking for some peace and quiet during winter break?  The Library will be open reduced hours.  Come on in for a visit.

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Each year PCC Library distributes a limited number of free tickets to the Linus Pauling Memorial Lectures (aka Science and Technology Lectures) on behalf of Academic and...

Esther Dyson
  • Do you have a ten page research paper that needs credible websites, published articles and a bibliography in MLA or APA format?
  • Do you want to learn how to pick a research topic, find appropriate resources and successfully compile everything...
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Want to make education more accessible and affordable for all students? Celebrate Open Education Week with us on March 9-12, 2015. Participate online, or attend one of the campus OER workshops. Visit the Open...

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International Women's Day is recognized around the globe as a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women, past, present and future.  Each year thousands of...

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Bring in food and reduce your library fines. Here’s how it works.

  • For every food item donated, fines will be reduced by $4.00.
  • Food item must weigh at least 6 ounces, and be clearly labeled, unopened, undamaged, and unexpired.
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PCC will host the first two of four Open Education Resources (OER) workshops at the Sylvania campus, Oak Room, on February 26 and 27, 2015 from 9:00–4:00 pm. Choose either the...

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What does the music of Weird Al Yankovic have to do with your role at PCC? His recent album, Mandatory Fun, reached number one on the Billboard charts, and you may be surprised to learn...

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The PCC Library continuously selects materials related to African American history and contemporary culture. Browse this page to explore and learn more about the achievements and contributions of African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month...

Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology

Ever wanted to visit a museum?  Now is your chance!

The PCC Foundation is happy to offer museum passes for check out from the PCC Library! These passes provide an opportunity to visit the...

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March is Women's History Month, a celebration of women's contributions to our country, culture, science and society. The United States has observed it annually since 1987.

On February 18th, 2015, Oregon's sitting Secretary of State, Kate Brown,...

Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

Borrowing materials from other libraries through Summit has become much easier. 

In the past, when you chose “Request Summit” (5 days)”, you had to log in to another system to request an...

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The third Monday in January is a federal holiday in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Renowned civil rights leader and youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a proponent of nonviolent...

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The Library has a variety of technology equipment for student checkout. Purchase of this equipment was made possible through the PCC Student Technology fee.


 PCC Library at the Sylvania campus is hosting eCycling during Fall term 2014.

This program is free, and provides a great opportunity to reduce electronic waste safely and responsibly.  Items can be dropped off in two self-service plastic bins under...

Recycled computers

PCC Library is rolling out a new service at the SE CAMPUS called MORE!. It began Fall term 2014 and will be continuing through Spring term 2015.  If successful, the Library will consider implementing it across the College.

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The Rock Creek Library hosted a crafts table for the 2014 PCC Harvest Festival held at the Rock Creek campus. Pam Kessinger staffed the table. She helped kids and their parents make a variety of leaf...

PCC Harvest Festival Library Activity Table

Preamble to the Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to...
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This two volume eBook encyclopedia provides practical information on laws and issues affecting people's everyday lives. Use this book for help in answering questions such as, “What is involved in estate planning?” “Do I have any recourse to noisy neighbors...

Book jacket for Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

Founded by UNESCO, International Literacy Day on September 8, 2014, draws attention to the importance of a literate public. Workforce, health and civic involvement all depend on much needed literacy skills to navigate today’s complex world.

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Did you know that you can find new fiction and other best selling books at the PCC Library? The Popular Fiction shelves are full of fantasy, science fiction, action, mystery, romance, memoir, humor, graphic novels and other all around great reads. You can...

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The Queer Resource Center student advocates hosted carnival activities for pride week at the Rock Creek campus.  Along with a display of library materials...

Two PCC Rock Creek Librarians get ready to go in dunk tank.

PCC Library has updated its full text links in Google Scholar and without updating your settings in the next several days you won't be able to see full text links for PCC. 

To keep your settings up to date...

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Did you know that the PCC Library collection includes over 80,000 eBooks? Accessible 24/7 through the PCC library search our eBooks cover a wide variety of subjects - from Architecture to Zoology! Just do a search and...

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PCC’s fourth full-service library is now in full swing! 

The new building provides a lot of services and is designed to serve students, staff, and the community.  It includes library, ...

Southeast Library First Floor

The PCC SAFE is an outreach program promoting a sexual assault free environment in and around PCC.  Understanding that sexual violence may be a deterrent in pursuing educational goals, this program helps students, faculty and staff work together to create...

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Join in the fun as the legendary science fiction author, essayist, and poet Ursula K. Le Guin visits PCC! All events are free and open to PCC students, faculty and staff. See A Tribute to Ursula K. Le...

Ursula K. Le Guin

The PCC Library is excited to announce the winners of the Library Prize Competition. This award, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is given to PCC...

Library Prize Competition Winners holding their certificates.

The American Library Association invites us to celebrate Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, 2014, by taking steps to protect your privacy online. Learn more about who is tracking you, and what you can do reduce the size of your digital footprint.

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The Library has art from PCC, Northwest and International artists.  Enjoy this preview then visit in person.

Standing Elk Siedel - There are Places I Remember

Earth Week provides an opportunity to educate and mobilize towards sustainability and to empower responsibility for a clean and healthy community.

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April is National Poetry Month. Learn about the extraordinary legacy and achievements of American poets. Celebrate the vital place poetry has in American culture.  

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2015 is the Year of the Goat which is said to bring tranquility, peace, and harmony. See Asian New Year for the history, customs, and celebrations associated with this traditional holiday.


What if the entire community read a book and talked about it?  That’s what we’re planning to do! PCC is partnering with Multnomah County Library for the Everybody Reads 2015 program.


Michell S. Jackson

Stories are a powerful way to foster an understanding of self, of others, and of the diversity of life. They also illustrate the disparities that exist in the distribution of opportunities and resources.  


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PCC library is now offering a new payment option that will allow you to pay your fines online in a quick, easy, and secure manner.  Questions? Contact Us

Ready to make a payment? See Pay My...

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Faculty, staff, and students

Learn more about the new library search box!  Drop-in sessions will be held in the library classroom at Cascade, Rock Creek, and Sylvania from 12:00-1:00pm Monday-Friday the first and second week of Winter term.


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Addressing more than 500 years of Native American history and the challenge of society’s established racial categories, the National Museum of American Indian’s traveling exhibit INDIVISIBLE: African-Native American Lives in the Americas visits Portland...

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A three volume online Encyclopedia of Wellness is now available. Learn about the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of being healthy and productive.  

Encyclopedia of Wellness

Join in the fun as PCC celebrates Semana de la Raza, or Week of the People. See PCC 2014 Semana de la Raza for the schedule of events.

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To maintain a fresh and relevant collection of materials, PCC subject librarians weed our collection on a regular basis, evaluating titles for condition, appropriateness, audience level and availability of updated editions or scholarship.  We weed...

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The Library has partnered with the ASPCC Queer Resource Center at the Rock Creek campus to develop a guide library resources for Queer issues.

If you have questions about LGBTQ topics, take a few minutes explore the ...

Queer Resource Center

There's a library in my Distance Learning (D2L) class!  Starting in Summer 2013, every D2L class now has an automatic link to at least one library research guide.  Some classes will link to a range of...

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Selected Library and reference sources for career planning and exploration.  Includes job searching, advice on how to do an informational interview, job markets in Oregon and much more.

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Each full-service PCC Library has at least one KIC Bookedge scanner available for student use. It operates at a high speed with an easy to use touchscreen.

Features of the scanner include:

  • Quickly scan/copy up to 12x17 inch pages
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Students – it’s time to apply for Portland Community College (PCC) Foundation scholarships!

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PCC Reads is a District Diversity Council project to encourage students, faculty and staff to examine critically issues of race, equity, and social justice through reading and discussing a common book. This year’s book,...

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Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar on Islam and the Middle East, separates fact from mythology in his book, No god but God. He calls for Muslims to take back the...

Dr. Reza Aslan

With the exception of a few details, the renovation of the Sylvania Library building is now complete!  The newly remodeled facility went into operation the first day of Fall term 2012.  During the first week over 17,000 visitors entered the building.

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The PCC community now has 24/7 online access to The Chronicle of Higher Education, including premium articles that previously required a username and password (those with the gold key icon) in addition to the most current content.

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By Jane Rognlie, Librarian Faculty

Now is an ideal time to explore the PCC Reads website to learn more about this year's PCC Reads book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by...

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

PCC Reads is an initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to read and discuss books with themes of diversity and social justice. This year, the book, The Girl Who Fell From the...

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky