FCC Library now Open for Students with Appointments and Still Offering Virtual Services

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Photo courtesy of FCC’s Instagram Page.

Story By: Ivette Bautista, Reporter

Fresno City College’s library is now open for students with appointments, however there are still virtual services and resources available for students as well. 

The library is still operating but at limited capacity. All face-to-face services are available online, with the exception of technology checkouts which are face-to-face only. 

Currently, no appointment is necessary to pick up a device. The hours available for pick up will vary by day and can be found on the FCC website

“Students can check out books and access reserve materials with curbside pickup,” said Dean of Students Success and Learning Donna Cooper. 

After filling out a user agreement and request form students can checkout technology equipment  including laptops, iPads, MiFis, and calculators and take a photo ID to enter the library for pickup. 

There are a number of different ways students can get in contact with a librarian including visiting the web page to access the Zoom Room or chat via the chatbox. 

The web page also provides access to webinars that show how to use the databases and allow students to conduct research. 

The Tutoring Center, English PASS Center, Math Center, and the Writing and Reading Center, are all available via Zoom with different hours applying to each in which students can drop-in and receive tutoring services.

Extending the Class (ETC) is available through scheduled tutoring sessions with a peer leader.

With all current students automatically enrolled in the FCC Student Success Center on Canvas, they are able to easily access more information about Zoom locations and phone numbers for the five tutoring centers. 

“Your safety, the safety of our students, and the safety of our community is at stake,” said FCC President Carole Goldsmith in a YouTube video posted on Sept. 30 as she assures that FCC is working closely with public health and district partners to reopen the

On Oct.  23, president Goldsmith held a virtual forum via FCC’s Facebook page in which she and FCC librarians discussed the library, it’s services and the re-opening process. 

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, the library will be open by appointment only. The hours available for these appointments are currently Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Up to 15 students will be allowed into the Periodicals Room at once for study space and up to 10 students in the computer lab. 

Students can call 559-442-8204 to make an appointment for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Students will need to follow all safety protocols including wearing a facial cover, maintaining social distancing, washing hands, and staying home if they feel sick.

For more information on how the library plans to reopen and keep students safe, students should visit the FCC website