Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content

Irvine Valley College Library: FAQ

How do I find articles?

You can access our library articles databases on-campus and off-campus.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

How do I log in to the computers?

Your username is the same as your IVC email username. That is the first part of your email address before the @. Your password is created by you in MySite.
[Top of Page]

Can non-students check out books?

Yes. Local community members may purchase an IVC library card for $10 for six 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. They will get a log-in username and password within 2-3 working days of registering for a library card.
[Top of Page]

How do I check my student email?

This is the link to information about your student e-mail and troubleshooting login issues.
[Top of Page]

Which computers can I use to surf the Web/write a paper/print a document?

All the student computers in the library have the same software. They all have Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, including Word, and they can all print. Here is the full list of computer software installed on the library computers.
[Top of Page]

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.

IVC Worldcat search box
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

Do the DVDs or music CDs check out?

Yes, our DVD and music CD collections can be checked out to students and community card members for three weeks. Students and community card members may also use them in the library. CD-ROMs that accompany books do check out with the books.
[Top of Page]

How many items can I check out?

Students can check out 9 items at a time.
[Top of Page]

How long do books check out?

CDs, DVDs, Books, and software that accompanies books, check out for 3 weeks.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

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.

[Top of Page]

Can books be renewed over the phone or online?

Yes, as long as it is before the item's due date. Call the Library Circulation Desk at (949)451-5761 or renew through your student account online here.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

Does the library have change?

The library does not have any change.
[Top of Page]

Where is the tutoring office?

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

[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

Why can't I get my email attachment?

You can only download email attachments from IVC web-based email. If you are trying to get an attachment from another web-based email such as Yahoo or Gmail, it will not work. You have to download it to the computer's desktop and print it from there.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

Can I check out magazines?

No, magazines are not allowed out of the library.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]

What kind of computers do you have in the library, P.C.'s or Mac's?

The library contains primarily windows based virtual P.C.'s. The library classroom has 22 Mac's tha​t have the capability to run in both a Windows and Mac OS X environment.
[Top of Page]

Does the library have a scanner?

Yes! The library has a 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.
[Top of Page]

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​.
[Top of Page]

What is the logon for the guest Wi-Fi network?

The guest network is only available for official guests to the school. You must be a registered student or community card holder to use IVC campus Wi-Fi.
[Top of Page]

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, a heart, an ear, and an eye model available for check out. All models are on reserve and check out for 2 hours.
[Top of Page]

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.
[Top of Page]​​​​

IVC Library Contact

Circulation Phone: 949-451-5761
Librarian Phone: 949-451-5266

 World Cat

Library Hours​​

Fall 2018
August 20 - December 19, 2018

Monday 745am - 9pm ​
​Tuesday 745am - 9pm
​Wednesday 745am - 9pm​
​Thursday 745am - 9pm
​Friday 745am - 4pm​
​Saturday 10am - 230pm
​Sunday CLOSED

LIBRARY IS CLOSED December 21 - January 2, 2019.

LIMITED SERVICES (no checkouts, no reference desk): 
December 20, 2018
January 3-11, 2019


Twitter @IVCLibrary
Pinterest: ivclibrary