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This page will explain how to use PCC Library search to:
1. Use the “Books, videos, & more” search box on the PCC Library homepage.
2. Make sure the “Books, videos, & more” tab is selected.
3. Enter a title, author, or keyword into the search box and select the magnifying-glass search button on the right.
4. If you want to refine your results by a particular format (like print books, journals, or DVDs): on the left side of the screen, locate the “Format” section and select the format you’re interested in, such as “DVD Videos” or “Print Books”.
When you check the crossed-out check box icon to the right of each format option, it will exclude that option from your search.
Search course reserves by selecting the “course reserves” tab on the library homepage:
Use the “Course Number and Name” or “Course Instructor” sections on the left of the screen to refine a completed search to find items by a course number or instructor:
Learn more about course reserves for students.
Use the “Availability” or “Library” sections on the left of the screen to refine your search results by: items available online, open access, or at a particular PCC campus library.
Items in your search results that say “Available at…” and the name of a PCC campus should be located at that campus library.
NOTE: an item may be available at several PCC campuses. Click the “Available at” link to see where else the item may be located.
You can use the “Availability” section on the left to see if an item is available online. You can use the “Library” section underneath “Availability” to refine your results list to items at a specific PCC campus.
If one of your search results says “Request from another library” you may request it from another library. Items can be requested from a PCC library or from libraries in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Both physical and digital items (e.g. articles or electronic book chapters delivered as PDFs) may be requested. See our page on “requesting library materials” to learn how to request materials from another library.
Learn more about using ebooks through the Ebook Central platform and using audiobooks and ebooks through Overdrive and the Libby app.