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Online Resources and Services for Students: Reference Services

Online Resources and Services during the COVID-19 Crisis

References Services are Available!

Library Hours for In-Person and Online Services

In-Person Library Hours

Study space, checking out technology, textbooks, circulating books, etc., computer use.

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Friday: 9am - 3pm

Online Reference Services

  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
  • Friday: 9am - 3pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 2pm


See the boxes below to ask us questions and get assistance with research for your classes.

Chat or Ask a Question

If you're not sure where to go, start here!

Though we are not available in-person, our librarians are still available to answer direct questions. If you need help with an assignment, click on the icon below or go to our library's homepage and click on the box titled "Ask a Librarian." 



The "Ask a Librarian" box connects you through an online chat service directly to one our librarians. We can help you find articles or books, assist you with formatting, and direct you to other campus resources. If you're not sure where to go, start here!


However, please be understanding. This service is new to our library but is intended to function similarly to in-person reference services. The librarian answering your questions may be working with more than one student at a time or handling another need. 


Library Workshops

Want to learn more but you don't need individual help? Attend a Library Workshop! Click on the icon below to sign up for one of our workshops on finding articles, evaluating resources, MLA or APA citation, and more!

Sign up for drop-in workshops icon


Use Zoom to Meet With a Librarian

If online chatting
isn't enough . . . 


If online chatting isn't enough, you can set up a video conference with one our librarians using Zoom.


This service is appropriate if you are working on a visual project, are unable to use our texting chat service, or otherwise feel a need to have a face-to-face appointment.


You can set up a Zoom appointment by clicking on the "Request a Video Session with a Librarian" box on our homepage or by clicking here. Please mention that you need to have a Zoom or video appointment. 


Learn more about video conferences by clicking on the "Zoom" tab on this page.




Technology: laptops, calculator, and wi-fi hotspots

Do you need a checkout a laptop, calculator, or wi-fi hotspot?

Already checked one out and need help with it?


Follow this link.


Have a Quick Question?

You can now text a librarian!

Text your question to 650-535-8398 for research, citation, and general library help.

A hand holding a phone with the library text message number 650-535-8398

Just Need Some Articles?

If you need to
find some articles
for your assignments . . . 


You can use click on the Database tab to select a specific database, or use our OneSearch feature to search all of our databases at once. Both of these are available on our library's homepage.


To access articles, you will need to login using your OneLogin (the same login you use for Canvas - your user name is the first part of your SMCCD email, before the

What About Books?

There are two ways to get books from the Library, curbside pick-up and eBooks.

For eBooks, please see the "Search for eBooks" links below to search our library's collection. This is also available on our library's homepage  in the "Books & eBooks" tab. 

Search for eBooks


eBook Collection (EBSCO)
EBSCO eBooks: Academic Collections searches and views the full text of eBooks. This database contains a large selection of multidisciplinary eBook titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter.


Safari Tech Books: Online Professional and technical non-fiction
Safari Books Online contains ebooks on the latest in technology or business trends


Overdrive: Popular non-fiction and fiction
Note that Overdrive is a Peninsula Library System database and you will need your PLS card to access it.


Gale eBooks
Formally Gale Virtual Reference Library, Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


Check out our guide for more information about compatible eBook devices and searching for, viewing and downloading eBooks.