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Welcome to the Magnolia Library. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is committed to providing quality information service. Our aim is to help prepare our students to achieve their personal and professional goals through higher education.

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welcome to the magnolia library
Welcome to the Magnolia Library

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is committed to providing quality information service. Our aim is to help prepare our students to achieve their personal and professional goals through higher education.

We are committed to lifelong learning, and provide our students with the best in services and facilities. Students, faculty, staff, and the community at large are encouraged to take advantage of what we have to offer.

This tour will give you an overview of what is available through the LRC in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion. We will begin in the Library, showing you what you might find on each of our three floors. Welcome to the LRC, we hope you enjoy this tour.

the magnolia library
The Magnolia Library

Welcome to Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Library's Online Tour.

The Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion is home to the Magnolia Library, as well as the Academic Learning Center, the Magnolia Performing Arts Theatre and the intimate Black Box Theatre.

the circulation desk
The Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk is the first thing you'll see when you enter the library.

This is where you'll go to check out, return or renew library materials. Materials may also be renewed in the My Account tab in the Card Catalog.

There are a few study rooms on the upper floors of the library that may be reserved at the Circulation Desk. We also have laptops and graphing calculators available for student checkout, and faculty may consult with Media Services to find out about other available items.

checking out materials
Checking Out Materials

The amount of time that circulating materials may be checked out is 3 weeks for books, and 1 week for DVDs and Videos. All patrons must present a valid BRCC ID to check out library materials.

DVDs and Videos may be viewed in the library after checkout. Just ask at the Circulation Desk!

reserve electronic reserve items
Reserve & Electronic Reserve Items

Electronic Reserves are found on the computer desktops at the computer stations closest to the Circulation Desk. Electronic Reserves are those items that can be stored digitally, and may include study guides, lecture notes, old exams, etc.

Physical reserve items such as textbooks, lab books, videos, etc., are located behind the Circulation Desk. They can be checked out for 3 hours, and may only be used in the library.

periodicals dvd collection
Periodicals & DVD Collection

Moving into the library, you'll see a number of low shelves. This is our periodical and DVD collections.

Periodicals include journals and magazines, as well as newspapers and other material that comes out periodically. Our periodicals are for in-library use only. Current issues are on the display shelves with the older volumes located beneath. Some of the older copies have been bound, and are up in the stacks on the third floor.

Our DVD collection includes movies and documentaries that relate to coursework here at BRCC. While we have a few popular movies, they are not something we collect.

library computer lab
Library Computer Lab

At the far side of the library, near the windows, is the Open Computer Lab. This area is available for patron use any time the library is open.

The staff at the service desk can provide help with the copiers and printers, as well as online registration and instruction for using Blackboard, e-mail and Microsoft Office.

copying printing
Copying & Printing

On each floor, by the elevators, is a copy and printing alcove. There is currently a printer available on the first and second floors, while all three floors have a photocopier available.

Copies and printouts cost 10 cents per page. The copiers take cash or debit (from your BRCC ID card). The black box, called the Virtual Transfer System (VTS), attached to the wall, located just outside of the first floor alcove, can be used to add money to your card. The printer requires the BRCC card for debit only.

New students start out with a $10 printer credit on their cards - this credit is not usable for photocopies! Photocopies can only be made from the money added to your card. Problems with any of the photocopy or print machines should be directed to the Computer Services Help Desk on the first floor.

for your safety
For Your Safety

If there is a security situation where personal safety is threatened, don't hesitate to pick up the nearest RED phone. These phones will connect you directly to security.

You will find BRCC's Emergency Procedures by each red phone. In case of emergency, you are reminded to use the stairs and follow the directions of the building's safety officer.

We provide Emergency Safe Zones for conditions requiring shelter - just follow the directions on the yellow emblems. And please don't use any electronic communication devices if we have received a bomb threat.

the staircase area
The Staircase Area

Past the gates, across from Circulation, is the staircase. There is a collection on either side of it.

On the left is our new book collection, consisting of recently acquired books. You might want to browse, in case there's something you were hoping we'd get. On the right, we have monthly book displays. We've had collections highlighting books featured by the Big Read, as well as displays for National Poetry Month and African-American History Month.

To proceed to the second floor, you may either take the staircase in front of you or the elevators located to the right of the Circulation Desk.

reference services
Reference Services

The second floor of the Magnolia Library is home to the Reference Desk and the Reference Collection. The librarians staffing the desk will be able to help you get started on your research and help you find what you need in our collection. Don't be afraid to ask; it's their job to help you!

The Reference Collection contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc. These books have information that will provide quick answers, and need to be available for everyone's use, so they are only available for in-library use.

the reference collection
The Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is directly adjacent to the Reference Desk. It contains materials that provide quick information on a broad variety of topics. Shelves immediately behind the reference desk contain general encyclopedias like World Book or Encyclopedia Britannica. The bulk of the collection is on the stacks behind. Reference, like the rest of our collection, uses the Library of Congress Classification System.

The College and Career Collection (CCAR) is in the section adjacent to the far end of the Reference Collection. This is where you can find a collection of standardized testing study guides, college directories, career guides, and a small collection of law and legal code books. The computer carrels here are frequently used for small bibliographic instruction sessions.

study rooms
Study Rooms

Behind the CCAR section, on the other side of the glass doors is the Magnolia Library's Special Collections area.

There are two study rooms on each of the floors. The ones on the 2nd floor are located in the Special Collections area.

Study Rooms are great places to work on team projects or when you need some uninterrupted study. You may reserve any of the study rooms by using the sign-up sheet attached to the door, or at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

special collections archives
Special Collections - Archives

A big part of our special collections space is devoted to our Archives. Our current archival collection is small, but we are proud to have in our possession the Carville V. Earle Collection.

Dr. Earle was a former chair of LSU's Department of Geography and Anthropology. His donation of over 2100 books, journals, maps and manuscripts stem from his belief in and his desire to help build the community college system.

special collections media room
Special Collections – Media Room

The Media Room occasionally hosts classes for viewing films, and is home to a variety of media equipment. Some of this equipment may be reserved for checkout. Laptops and graphing calculators are available for 24 hour checkout. Since we have a limited number, circulation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

office of the dean administrative offices
Office of the Dean & Administrative Offices

The Administrative Offices are centrally located on the second floor, between the stairs and the elevator, near the reference desk. In these offices, you can find the Offices of the Dean and Assistant Director.

2 nd floor study area
2nd Floor Study Area

The 2nd floor has a significant amount of study area, adjacent to Reference and with computer terminals nearby. After walking through the study area, you can proceed to the third floor by the stairs located against back wall. The elevators are located in front of the reference desk.

3 rd floor stacks
3rd Floor Stacks

The 3rd floor houses the main circulating collections of the library. This collection is referred to as the "stacks." Most materials available for checkout are shelved here. They are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification System, and may be looked up in our card catalog. The third floor is also home to additional study rooms, the Magnolia Library conference room, the Teaching & Learning collection, and the Freedom Shrine - a collection of reproductions of important documents from United States history.

3 rd floor study area
3rd Floor Study Area

The 3rd floor is a great place to study. It's a quiet place to complete your research - with either our circulating or online collections!

thank you for visiting the magnolia library
Thank You For Visiting the Magnolia Library!

Thank you for taking the Magnolia Library Virtual Tour. We hope this tour has helped to familiarize you with the library and the library services we offer. If you would like more information about the Magnolia Library, our collection, or the services we offer, visit us at the Reference Desk, or visit our web page. You can always ask us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. If you need fast answers, call us at the Reference Desk and for help with any question: 225-216-8555.