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Quick Start Library Guide: For Students

Use this handy guide to learn about and gain access to all the library resources from home or on-the-go!

Ask a Librarian

Need help with research or library resources? Get help from Valencia College librarians at Ask-a-Librarian.

Get help from Valencia College librarians and librarians from around the state of Florida.

During the Fall 2020 term, students can chat live online or text a Valencia College librarian during the hours of 

  • Monday - Thursday 8am-9pm
  • Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 8am-4pm
  • Sunday 2pm-6pm

During off hours, students can send an e-mail that librarians will retrieve when the virtual desk reopens.

Ask a Librarian is a statewide service. In addition to the Valencia College hours, librarians from other libraries throughout Florida are available to chat live with students until midnight, Sunday through Thursday. 

To Connect to the Library via Atlas:

1. Log in to Atlas: http://atlas.valenciacollege.edu.

2. Go to the MyAtlas tab, Courses tab, or Employees tab.

3. Under Libraries, click Search the Library.

If Atlas is unavailable, or to access a direct link to a library resource, log in using your Borrower ID and PIN.

1. Go directly to the library catalog page: https://union.discover.flvc.org/vc.jsp

3. In the upper right corner, click Log In.

4. Enter your Borrower ID and PIN. Unless you have changed them, 

  • the Borrower ID is your VID number 
  • the PIN is the last 4 digits of your VID number

Screenshot of library login page

Help & Tutorials

Need help with research or have questions about the library in general? From learning how to spot fake news to citing your sources correctly, the library has videos and tutorials to help you with your research.

Quick Start: Searching the Library

To begin accessing our resources, start with the videos below:

Quick Start: Citing Sources
Quick Start: Research Guides

A research guide is an organized collection of resources that librarians, in conjunction with your professors, have created to highlight resources that will help you research your assignment. You can use a research guide to get background or in depth information related to your assignment.

Research Workshops: Live & On Demand

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Want to brush up your library research skills? 

Research Workshops is a self-enrolling Canvas course that offers live Zoom sessions and self-paced modules to help you with your research assignments. Here's how it works:

  • Follow the link below to join.
  • Complete modules or attend live sessions.
  • After each workshop, take a brief quiz.
  • Earn digital badges to demonstrate that you have completed the training.

Family Resource Guide

Quick Library Updates

Valencia College libraries will remain closed in Phase 2 of the reopening plan, August 1-December 31, 2020.  There will be no access to materials in the closed buildings.  Library services will remain online and we are ready to assist you with your research needs.

Questions About Library Accounts

Students with questions in regard to their library account; database access; fees and fines; holds on their registration; books, equipment or other items checked out currently; etc., can email libraryservice@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-2459.

Questions About Borrowed Materials & Equipment

Please wait until the library reopens to return borrowed materials and equipment.  All fees and fines for library materials due during the closure will be waived.

Questions About Textbooks

The library does not sell textbooks. Textbooks can be purchased through the Campus Store. For information and updates on purchasing textbooks from the Campus Store during Phase 2 of the reopening plan, see the COVID-19 Student FAQ.

Questions About Interlibrary Loan / UBorrow

During the closure, interlibrary loan and requests from other state institutions through UBorrow will be unavailable. All existing interlibrary loan requests for physical items are on hold. If you have a request for an electronic resource, such as an online journal article held by another institution, contact your campus library to see if the materials are obtainable.

Questions About Valencia's COVID-19 Response & Reopening Plan

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Questions About Technology Support

Students who need help with technology skills, such as Microsoft Office, devices, Canvas, or applications like YouTube can request an online appointment with a staff member in Learning Support.