Do you speak "library"? Here is a list of commonly-used library words and acronyms.
|Browse||To look through or explore at random. You can browse through CCC Library's books and magazines to find items that look interesting to you.|
|Catalog (also called Library Catalog)||The search tool on CCC Library's homepage that searches (nearly) everything available in CCC Library.|
|Check out||To borrow something from the library; to take something home with you from the library. You will need to show a student ID card or other photo ID to check out.|
|Circulation Desk||The desk in the library where you can check out books, Course Reserves, headphones, and other items. The Circulation Desk is located at the entrance of CCC Library.|
|Circulating collection||Books and other items that can be checked out and taken home. Circulate means to go from place to place (like from school to home).|
|Course Reserves collection (also called Reserves)||Textbooks and other books used in your classes.|
|Database||A search tool where you find journal articles, newspaper articles, magazine articles, eBooks, and / or streaming videos. CCC Library has over 100 databases.|
|Due date||The date by which you should return items you have borrowed to the library. If you keep a book past the due date, you will receive an email telling you that the book is late (or overdue) and asking you to return it.|
|ESOL||ESOL is an acronym that stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. Acronyms are written in upper-case letters.|
|Fiction||Books or stories that are about imaginary events and people. Fiction books or stories might be romance, mystery or thriller, fantasy, comedy or humor, or drama.|
|Hold||A hold is an online request to have a book or other material waiting for you to check out at the Circulation Desk.|
|Interlibrary Loan (ILL)||A system of sharing between libraries. CCC Library can help you borrow books, DVDs, and more from other libraries around the world - for free! (This is a different service from Summit.)|
|Leveled Reader collection (also called New Reader or Graded Reader)||A book for ESOL and PIE students that is intended to help build reading skills for individuals new to reading English.|
A person who works in the library; a specialist in the library and information field. If you are having difficulty finding what you need, you can ask a librarian for help.
|Library||A place where you can borrow books, Course Reserves, etc.; a place where can get help finding information for your classes; a place where you can study and relax. (Students sometimes confuse library with bookstore. A bookstore is a place where you can buy books.)|
|Loan period||The length of time for which you can borrow something from the library. At the end of the loan period, you must return the item to the library.|
|Nonfiction||Books or stories based on facts. Topics might be science, current events, history, biographies (books about real people), or how-to books.|
|Overdue||Overdue means late. When a library item is kept longer than its loan period and after its due date, it becomes overdue.|
|Periodical||A publication (usually a collection of articles) that is issued at regular intervals. Magazines, journals, and newspapers are all periodicals.|
|PIE||PIE is an acronym that stands for Program for Intensive English. Acronyms are written in upper-case letters. (Not to be confused with pie, which is a delicious dessert and written in lower-case letters.)|
|Questions||Something you should ask a lot when you are in the library. We are happy to help you!|
|Research Help Desk (also called Reference Desk)||A desk where a librarian can help you find information either in the library or online. The Reference Desk is located near the Circulation Desk. Also called "Research Help."|
|Renew||To extend the loan period on an item; to check an item out again so you can keep it longer.|
|Resource||A resource is an item that provides information. Resources include books, articles, newspapers, and videos.|
|Return||To bring a book (or other item) you have borrowed back to the library.|
A system of sharing between 38 college and university libraries in the Pacific Northwest. CCC Library can help you borrow books, DVDs, and more from our Summit partners - for free! Items arrive in 2-3 days.
|Thesaurus (plural: thesauri)||A book or built-in database tool that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts.|
|Young Adult collection||Books written at levels beyond the Leveled Reader collection. Young Adult books often explore topics and themes reflective of young adults' experiences.|
List last updated April 2023.
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