Foothill College Library
Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours
Mon – Thur 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat & Sun Closed
Mon – Thur 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri – Sun Closed
The Library is closed during all college holidays and breaks.
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Circulation & Reserve
View a map of the Learning Resource Center (library, media center, and tutorial center).
This guide was created to help you find English as a Second Language (ESL) library and Web resources. Click on the tabs above to find information on Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary & Grammar, Citizenship, and TOEFL.
Using Foothill College Library
Your Library Card
Your current Student Photo ID (your OwlCard or DASB card) is used as your library card and is required for all library transactions. You can obtain your ID at the Smart Shop (room 2016) in the Campus Center.
Checkout and Renewal
Books may be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed twice online. ESL books may be checked out for one week and renewed twice online; further renewals must be done in person. Periodicals may be checked out for one week and renewed twice; the current issue of a periodical may not be checked out, however. Reference books and newspapers may not be checked out. You may renew materials in the library at the Circulation Desk or use your library account online to renew them.
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 lefthand column.
Return of Materials
Items may be returned to the staff at the Circulation Desk, to the book return slot at the Circulation Desk, or to the outside book return. Please do not return reserve materials to the outside book return when the library is open; return them to the staff at the Reserves Desk.
Please check the Reserves Desk for materials placed on reserve by your instructor (such as textbooks, workbooks, etc.). Loan periods for these materials vary, usually from one or two hours to one day. Please note, you must be registered at Foothill to borrow reserve materials.
Fines for Late Materials
Items checked out from the circulating stacks area are fined 25¢ per day. Fines for reserve materials are $1 per hour, and accrue even when the library is closed.
Fines for Lost Materials
If you lose any library material (other than items on reserve), you will be charged a flat fee of $57 per item. If a reserve book is lost, you will be charged the price of the book at the bookstore. The lost book fee for ESL books is $25 per book.
Computer workstations are available in the library and media center to conduct research using the online catalog, subscription databases, and the Internet. You may use any available computer. You can print from any of these computers, but you will need to have money on your OwlCard to pay for print jobs. You can add money to your card on the machine in the hallway across from the reference desk, near the restrooms.
Wifi is available in the library and media center. The wireless network name is Foothill College. 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 an unsecured connection.
There are two copiers in the library, near the study room. The cost for copying is 15¢ a page when paying with cash and 12¢ a page when using your OwlCard.