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Learning Resources Center: About The Library


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Periodicals $1 per day, per periodical
Reserved Materials Fees may vary

Remember, you can renew materials by visiting the circulation desk at the LRC, emailing us, calling us at 252-862-1240 or visiting the online catalog. Don't be afraid of overdue fines or the cost of a lost book. We want you to read and succeed at RCCC!

Library Mission

The mission of Roanoke-Chowan Community College Library is to provide educational opportunities to all constituent individuals and groups commensurate with their needs, interest, and abilities. The library provides opportunities for access to knowledge and promotes learning through the diversity of print, audiovisual, and computer-assisted instructional materials and other experiences made available by various technologies.

This mission is achieved by:

A. Providing a well-equipped, comfortable facility conducive to study and research.

B. Evaluating the collection, programs, and facilities to ensure that the needs of all users are being met.

C. Making available comprehensive orientation and instruction enabling users to access, locate, and retrieve information.

D. Assisting users in understanding the organization of resources, identifying and locating information, and utilizing library services.

E. Sharing resources, services, and ideas by cooperating with all areas of the College and other libraries, as well as with professional, public, and private organizations in the community, state, and nation.

F. Offering curricular and distance learning courses for credit in diploma and degree programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Use the Library?
The library welcomes students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

What classification system is used to find a book in the library?  

RCCC's library collection is arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System. If you need help finding something ask us for help at the circulation desk!

How do I get a library card if I am a student?
Students, faculty, and staff on campus can come by the library during regular operating hours and see a library staff member at the circulation desk to request a card. Distance learning students may request a library card number by accessing the library’s Request a Library Card web page.

How do I get a library card if I am a community member?
If you are a community member, you can come by the library during regular operating hours to request an R-CCC library card. During that time, you must show a valid driver’s license or other picture ID.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Should the materials you need not be in the library’s collection, you may request them from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Requests for ILL can be made at the Circulation Desk or through cclinc, the library’s online catalog. cclinc allows you to place hold on items available at other NC community colleges. Materials located through WorldCat that are not available in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) will be requested by library staff from other libraries.

Materials, if available, are usually received by the library within seven to ten days, and any costs incurred must be paid by you. You may specify the maximum amount you are willing to pay. There is no charge for materials located through cclink.

Materials received from other NC community colleges and lending facilities must be returned within the specified time. Borrowers are responsible for any fines or fees that may accrue for late charges or lost materials. No additional materials may be checked out until delinquent materials have been returned and/or fines have been paid.

Call Numbers

A call number is like a house address. It tells you where an item is located in a library. Each title owned by a library has its own unique call number. 

Call numbers appear:

On the spines of books and in the online catalog. Note that the same call number can be written from top-to-bottom, or left-to-right.


Call numbers are usually on the spine of a library item, so they can be easily read on book shelves. Sometimes, when a spine is too narrow, the call number will be on the book's cover.

We use the Library of Congress Classification System.

 Let’s look at an example to see how this classification system works:


Book title:           Learned Hand : the man and the judge.

Author:                Gunther, Gerald

Call number:      KF373.H29 G86 2011      


KF   - letter line, describes general subject area; alphabetical order

373 – number line, narrows subject area; numerical order

.H29 – cutter line, further narrows subject area or specifies author;  alphabetical  then decimal order

G86 – 2nd cutter line (if present) also in alphabetical then decimal order

2011 – year of publication, numerical order

Symposia, meetings, etc. use the date of the meeting and not the date of publication in the call number.

Shelving/Filing Rules of LC Call Numbers

Single letters are filed before double letters:


The second part of a call number is made up of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically. A call number with a smaller number is shelved before one that has a larger number. Some of these numbers may be divided by a point: these are also read numerically (smaller numbers are shelved before larger numbers).


The third part is the trickiest part of the call number. This part of the call number is called the "cutter". The numbers in this part are treated like decimals. 

Follow these general rules when dealing with cutter numbers:

  1. Treat the letter of the cutter number alphabetically. For example, cutter numbers beginning with .B are shelved before those starting with .E.
  2. Smaller first digits after the letter are shelved before larger ones. For example, all cutter numbers beginning with .E3 would be shelved before all cutter numbers beginning with .E4, and those would be shelved before cutters beginning with .E8.
  3. Smaller second, third, etc. digits are shelved before larger ones. For example, cutters beginning with .E35 are shelved before cutters beginning with .E39. Likewise, for the third number: .E353 is shelved before .E355 and .E359.
  4. Items with only one digit after the letter are shelved before items with multiple digits beginning with the same number(s). So, the cutter number .E3 is shelved before .E35 , which is shelved before .E359.