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Irvine Valley College Library: FAQ

How do I find articles?

You can access our library articles databases on-campus and off-campus.
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How do I Ask A Librarian for help?

There are four different ways you can Ask A Librarian for help. In-person at the 1st floor reference desk, by Email (, by Phone (949-451-5266), or via chat through the "Live Chat" link on the library home page.
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How do I log in to the computers?

Your login information is the same as your IVC or Saddleback email. Your username is the first part of your email address before the @.  

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Can Saddleback students use the IVC library?

Yes, Saddleback students can use all the library services available to IVC students, such as using the computers, printing, checking-out books, and reserving study rooms.

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Can non-students check out books?

Yes. Local community members may purchase an IVC library card for $20 for three months. Community card holders can check out 4 items at a time.

Can non-students use the IVC computers?

Yes. People who buy an IVC library card can use our computers. Please see library staff for access.
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How do I check my student email?

This is the link to information about your student e-mail and troubleshooting login issues.
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Which computers can I use to surf the Web/write a paper/print a document?

All the computers in the library have web browsers and Microsoft Office (including Word), and they can all print. Here is the full list of computer software installed on the library computers.

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How do I search for books?

You can search for a book at IVC, Saddleback or just about any library in the world using our Catalog Search box on the library's home page.

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Does the library have copiers? How much do they cost?

The library has eight multi-functional machines, 6 black and white and two color. Black and white copies cost $0.10 a page single-sided and $0.15 double sided. Color copies cost $0.59 a page single-sided and $1.00 double-sided.
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Where are reserves, and how do I check them out?

Reserves are items given to the library by faculty for use by their students. They are held behind the check-out desk. You must be currently enrolled at IVC and have an IVC or Saddleback ID card or government-issued photo ID to use reserves. Most reserves can only be used in the library. To find out which materials are currently on reserve Click Here.
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Do the DVDs or music CDs check out?

Yes, registered IVC students can check out items from our DVD and music CD collections for three weeks. A/V materials can also be used in the library (headphones and DVD drives are available for check-out at the circulation desk). CD-ROMs that accompany books do check out with the books.

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How many items can I check out?

Students can check out 50 items at a time.
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How long do books check out?

CDs, DVDs, Books, and software that accompanies books, check out for 3 weeks.
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How do I print at IVC?

From the IVC library computers:

  1. First you must add funds to your printing account at
  2. Log into any computer on campus
  3. Prepare your document on any of the computers.
  4. Click print on the computer like you normally would in Windows.
  5. Go to any one of the printers and use the alternate login with your IVC username and password.
  6. Choose "Print Release"
  7. Your print jobs will appear on the print station monitor
  8. Find the print job you wish to print, select it and click print.
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Can I print or copy in color?

The library has two color multi-functional machines that will print and copy in color. Color copies cost $0.59 a page single-sided and $1.00 double-sided.
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Where can I get help with research?

There are librarians at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the library who can help you with research.

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Can books be renewed over the phone or online?

Yes, as long as it is before the item's due date. Call the Library Renewal Hotline at (949)451-5438 or online through your student Library Account​.
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Can I use the library databases from home?

All of our databases are available off-campus! Access requires the same log-on information as your school email. Click here to access them.
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Does the library have change?

The library does not have any change.
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Where is the tutoring office?

The tutoring office is part of the "Student Success Center" located in BSTIC 110.

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Can I download things from the Internet?

Most downloading is restricted. Files can only be downloaded from certain approved web sites that are related to IVC classes. If you are trying to download a file for an IVC class and it does not work, inform the library staff.
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Do I need my student I.D. to check out books?

You must have a valid IVC or Saddleback ID card or government-issued photo ID to be able to check out materials from the library, including reserve books.
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Can I check out magazines?

No, magazines are not allowed out of the library.
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Can I reserve a study room?

Yes, you can reserve a study room online through our Study Room Bookings Calendar. Group study rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 3 hours per day, or 9 hours per week, and up to 2 weeks in advance.
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Can I return books after the library is closed?

Yes, there is a book drop box in front of the library. Please do not put DVDs or CDs in it. They can be damaged in there.
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Can I check my grades/academic history on the computers?

Yes, go to MySite. You will need your student ID number and your college PIN number to log in.
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What kind of computers do you have in the library, P.C.'s or Mac's?

The library contains windows based virtual P.C.'s. The library no longer has Mac computers.
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Does the library have a scanner?

Yes! The library has two FREE book and document scanner. There are also automatic document feeders on top of every printer in the library, which you can use to quickly scan multi-page, loose-leaf originals for free.
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How do I access the Wi-Fi in the library?

Select the IVCW_Student network, and then enter your entire IVC or Saddleback email address [] and your e-mail password. For more info, visit the IVC Technology Services Wi-Fi Access Info page here​.
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What is the logon for the guest Wi-Fi network?

The guest network is only available for official guests to the school. At this time the library can not issue passwords for the guest WI-FI. Please contact IVC Technology Services​ for more information. 

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Does the library check out human anatomy models?

Yes, the library has real and artificial bone sets and skulls, a full-size skeleton, and muscle models, along with brains, heart, ears, and eye models available for check out. All models are on reserve and check out for 2 hours.
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Are there any research workshops held in the library?

Yes, librarians teach a variety of workshops throughout each semester. All workshops are located in IVC Library Room 101. Visit the Workshop Calendar here​ to register and find out more info about workshop topics.
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Circulation Desk: 949-451-5761
Librarian Research Desk: 949-451-5266
Renew Checkouts: 949-451-5438

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Library Hours​​​

Spring 2020
January 13 - May 20, 2020

Monday 8am-10pm
​Tuesday 8am-10pm
​Wednesday 8am-10pm
​Thursday 8am-10pm​
​Friday 8am-4pm
​Saturday 10am-230pm
​Sunday CLOSED
January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. — Holiday)
February 14-17 (Presidents’ Day — Holiday)
March 20-21 (Spring Break — Holiday)
March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day — Holiday)
March 15-22 (Spring Break)


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