Citizens may use PDCCC library as a resource

Published 8:07 am Friday, September 25, 2009

Paul D. Camp libraries provide a variety of services for citizens in its service region: Franklin, Isle of Wight County, Southampton County and Suffolk.

They include a collection of more than 70,000 print, electronic and media resources; a Web page ( that provides access to the library catalog and other library resources; frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help you use the resources on the Web page; staff assistance; access to the Internet; reference collections that provide extensive resources; and periodical collections (journals, magazines and newspapers).

While some online resources can be accessed only by PDCCC students, faculty and staff, a wealth of resources can be accessed on-campus by all patrons. Community patrons can get a library card, check out materials, make copies, use library resources and facilities and use a computer.

PDCCC’s Library Computer Use Policy provides the following guidelines for computer use:

A picture ID must be photocopied for community patrons to utilize the computers.

Children under 14 years old must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

PDCCC students have priority over community patrons.

Research and course-related activities take precedence over non-course-related activities.

Data files may be printed or downloaded to floppy disks or jump drives.

Downloading to the hard drive is not permitted.

Ten cents per page will be charged for printing materials that are not for PDCCC courses.

Patrons must sign in to use the computers.

Computer use will be limited to 30 minutes when someone is waiting to use the equipment and it is not being used by a PDCCC student for coursework

Playing games is not allowed because of the limited number of workstations.

Extensive collections have been developed to support courses taught at the college. Since budgets are at a deficit, the libraries focus on meeting the academic needs of patrons and leaving the public libraries to provide recreational materials. However, there are a few fictional titles for adults, non-fictional titles for children, and an extensive periodical collection (journals, magazines and newspapers). The libraries also have media resources that can be used on-campus.

The Library Web Page provides access to additional resources such as The Study Guide Zone, a resource that provides samples of professional and standardized exams. Two other features of this Web site are college tips and study tips.

Another library resource available to the public is the VCCS Web Research Guide. This resource provides some of the best Web resources for a variety of subjects or disciplines. Librarians within the Virginia Community College System have evaluated and recommended these Web sites for research. Only the Web resources are accessible to the public. Databases and electronic books (e-books) listed are available to VCCS students and personnel only, because of license agreements.

Due to budget cuts, library hours have been reduced. The new hours for the Franklin campus are Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. New hours at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus are Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For library questions or assistance, contact Linza Weaver, director of learning resources, at 569-6735 or or Troy Hand, Suffolk Hobbs librarian, at 925-6339 or

For more information on or other options available at PDCCC, call 569-6700, or visit our Web site at