Until further notice, the library building/area at the Main Campus and at Sunnyvale Center will be closed. All reference services are available online only. Talk to a librarian live by phone or video conference, or ask them a question by email, text or chat.
Online Reference Hours
Mon – Thur 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri – Sun Closed
Mon – Thur 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat & Sun Closed
The Library is closed during all college holidays and breaks.
Circulation & Reserve
Your Library Card
Your Student Photo ID (your OwlCard or DASB card) is used as your library card. You may use your student ID number with a photo ID in place of the OwlCard or DASB card. We encourage you to obtain your ID at the Smart Shop (room 2016) in the Campus Center to expedite transactions.
Checkout and Renewal
All books including audio books and ESL books may be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed twice. Periodicals may be checked out for one week and renewed twice; Current issues of newspapers, and reference books are for library-use only. You may renew materials in the library at the Circulation Desk or use your library account online to renew them.
Please check the Reserves Desk for select materials placed on reserve, such as, textbooks, calculators etc. Loan periods for these materials vary. There is a minimum 30 minute waiting period before checking out the same reserve material. This policy is to assure that other students have access to the materials.
Library overdue notices and bills are sent to patrons as a courtesy, using the e-mail address supplied at registration. It is the patron's responsibility to keep the library informed of e-mail or telephone changes.
Placing a Hold
If the library catalog shows that a book you want is checked out, you can place a hold on it. From the results list, click on Details and then look for the Place Hold link in the left hand column. Reserve textbooks may not be placed on hold.
Return of Materials
Items may be returned to the staff at the Circulation Desk or to the book return slots at the Circulation Desk. During closed hours, please use the book drop in front of the library to return your material. Please return material on time to avoid late fees and to make them available for others.
Fines for Late Materials
Items checked out from the circulating stacks area are fined 25¢ per day. Fines for reserve materials are 50¢ per hour. Maximum fines apply.
Fines for Lost or Damaged Materials
If you lose any library material, or, if the material is returned significantly damaged, you may replace it with an acceptable* copy of the item, or, you will be charged a flat replacement fee.
*Replacement copies are subject to review. Please talk to us before making the purchase of a replacement copy.
Computer workstations are available in the library to conduct research using the online catalog, databases, and the Internet. You may use any available computer.
Wifi is available in the library. The wireless network name is College Wifi. To log in, launch a browser and sign in using your 8-digit student ID and the password you use for MyPortal. NOTE: This is a secured connection. College Guest or College Visitor wireless networks may be used if you do not have your student ID.
There are two copiers in the library. The cost for copying is 15¢ a page.
There are two ePRINTit machines in the library. The cost is 15¢ a page for B/W printing and 50¢ a page for color printing. Please log in to MyPortal and click on ePRINTit under the Students tab for more information.
Study room Use
There are 10 study rooms available in the library. Please click here for the study room use policies.
NOTE: While the campus is closed due to COVID-19, book donations to the library are suspended.
The library accepts donations of books in good condition and less than five years old. In general, instructor copies may not be accepted except for textbooks currently in use at Foothill College. If your books do not meet these guidelines, please visit Earth911 for suggestions on recycling in your area.