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Agriculture and Environment

 

 

 

Welcome To The Library

To access most academic databases, you will need your same username and password you use for your OCtech email.

Please call the Library if you have difficulties accessing resources at 803-535-1262 or chat with us via our Ask a Librarian feature.

The Library is now open for students, faculty, and staff

We want you to succeed, and want to help in any way we can, so if you have any research questions, please don't hesitate to use the chat function to ask. If the chat function doesn't work, or it's outside of chat hours, you can still email the librarians:

 

Robin Pesko: peskorm@octech.edu

We know these are unprecedented times, and being a student was already stressful before we had a pandemic to deal with. So please don't hesitate to contact us, even if you aren't sure where to start... we're here to help!

 


Current (limited) Library Hours

Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 5:30pm
Friday, 8:00am - 1:30pm

Saturday & Sunday, Closed


*All computers in the library will automatically shut down ten minutes before we close. After the computers shut down, we cannot recover data. To avoid losing hard work, remember to save periodically through a task, and in particular be sure to have saved your work to a flash drive or the cloud at least fifteen minutes before we close.

 

Watch the video below to learn what resources and services the OCtech library provides.


Library card:   Your student ID is your library card.  It is required to check out books or to use materials on Reserve, as well as to print.

Circulation policies (updated 10/2/2019): 

  • Circulating collection: Students my borrow an UNLIMITED amount of books during their time here. As long as materials are returned undamaged, there will be no fines (unless the item has been requested by another patron, in which case we want to make materials equally available to all and must request that item be returned within stated borrowing period). If any items have not been returned and you are no longer a student (regardless of if this is because of transfer, graduation, or other circumstances), you will still be spared fees as long as item is returned in good condition. However, failure to return items will result in a hold on all transcript/OCtech records, and you will not receive your diploma or transcript until you have resolved the issue, either by paying the cost of borrowed missing item, or returning the undamaged item. 
  • Reference collection: Does not circulate; books may be used in-house only. This consists mainly of materials instructors have put on hold, and commonly used items such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Journals, newspapers: Do not circulate; may be used in-house only.
  • Seed/Plant ExchangePlease feel free to help yourself to whatever plants you would like from our seed/cutting exchange. There are no requirements, but we do ask that you log anything you borrow in the book, so we can know if this is a program that the OCtech community would like us to continue offering. If you are unsure if an item is free, don't hesitate to ask at the front desk. If you have seeds you would like to donate, we are always happy to take these on! Just leave a note with your name and contact information, along with the seed label so we know who to thank and what we are making available. 
  • Audio-visuals: Popular DVDs circulate for one week. Students may borrow up to 5 DVDs at one time. Late fees will be forgiven, provided item is returned in good condition, and there have been no outstanding requests from other students to borrow the item(s). 
  • Laptops: Two week checkout; one two-week renewal.   $25/day overdue fine.  Student must sign loan agreement and is financially responsible for cost of laptop if lost, stolen or damaged.

Fines:     $.10/day per item~ As long as item is returned in good condition, fines will be reduced, and as long as the item has not been requested by another patron, will be forgiven. 

Copier:   $.10/page (if you print on both sides of one page, it will still count as two pages and cost $.20)

Printing from a PC: Requires money on your student ID (this is separate from your refund/financial aid).  You can add small amounts of cash (no bills larger than a ten) in the library, or you can use a credit/debit card and add however much you desire in the bookstore.

For more information, see the library's  policy manual below.

Library Policies (old copy- currently we are working to update this and a new policy book will soon be posted)

Botany in the Library

OCtech Library Calendar