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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!

Reminder

                          So Glad You're Here

Welcome back students, faculty, and staff!

Valencia College libraries have opened their buildings for Fall 2021 in Phase 4 of the reopening plan.  The staff has worked hard to provide a distanced environment in library spaces.  We will also continue to provide remote library services.  Please return any books, materials, or equipment you may still have that you borrowed during the closure.  All fees and fines for library materials due during the closure will be waived.
 

Fall 2021 Library Hours  Libraries will have both on-site and virtual hours at each campus library. 

 

Search the Library for books, e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more. Or search our databases directly.

BIG READ Event

Free Book and Prizes 

The library will host its final installment of the Binti book discussion series on October 26 at 1pm. Free copies of Binti are available at each of Valencia's campus libraries. 

Binti is an africanfuturism, science fiction, and horror novella wrapped up in a compelling story that has won many awards including the Hugo and Nebula awards. It is the first book in a trilogy. Click here to read more about Binti and the author Nnedi Okorafor. 

 


This project was funded under the provisions of the DLIS Florida CARES Act from the Institute of the Museum and Library Services.  Florida's DLIS Florida's CARES Act program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Science.

Ask a Librarian

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

Ask a Librarian provides online help through live chat and text messaging from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (ET), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ET).  

Get help directly from Valencia College librarians on Ask-A-Librarian.

During the Fall 2021 term, students can chat live online or text a Valencia College librarian during these hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 10am-9pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 8am-4pm

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

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.

Fall 2021 Library Hours

The hours of operation are as follows and subject to change during college-observed closings and holidays. The table below shows on-site and virtual hours for each campus library for the Fall 2021 semester.

Fall 2021 - Library Hours of Operation
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Virtual 
Ask-A-Librarian (Florida Librarians)

10:00am - midnight 10:00am - midnight 10:00am - midnight 10:00am - midnight 10:00am - 5:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm 10:00am - midnight
Virtual
Ask-A-Librarian 
(VC Librarians)
10:00am - 9:00pm 10:00am - 9:00pm 10:00am - 9:00pm 10:00am - 9:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  
East
Building 4, 2nd floor
8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 2:00pm Closed Closed
West
Building 6
8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 2:00pm Closed Closed
Osceola
Building 4, Rm 202
8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 2:00pm Closed Closed
Lake Nona
Building 1, Rm 330
8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 2:00pm Closed Closed
Downtown
Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, 2nd floor
8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:00pm 8:00am - 5:00pm 10:00am - 6:00pm Closed
Poinciana
Building 1, Rm 331
8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm Closed Closed Closed
Winter Park
Rm 140
8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm Closed Closed Closed

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.

Library Phone Numbers

  • Downtown: DPAC, 2nd floor; (407) 582-3504 reference desk, (407) 582-3504 librarian's office
  • East: Building 4, 2nd floor ; (407) 582-2459
  • Lake Nona: Building 1, room 330; (407) 582-7107
  • Osceola: Building 4, room 202; (407) 582-4155
  • Poinciana: Building 1, room 331; (407) 582-6027
  • West: Building 6; (407) 582-1574
  • Winter Park: Building 1, room 140; (407) 582-6814

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

FAQ

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 return any materials and equipment you may have borrowed during the closure.  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

Questions About Interlibrary Loan / UBorrow

InterLibrary Loan Services provides access to library materials not owned by your campus library. All Valencia students, faculty and staff who are eligible to borrow materials from the Valencia library are eligible to use Interlibrary Loan services.

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

Click here to keep up-to-date with College news

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.

Questions About Laptops

If you are enrolled in classes for the current semester, submit this form to request a laptop. There are a limited number of laptops available so please use this service only if necessary.  Questions? Contact laptops@valenciacollege.edu

Questions About Hotspots

If you are having Internet connectivity issues you can borrow a free T-Mobile Hotspot from the Valencia Student Hotspot Program

Have questions about the Hotspot Program? Contact Francisco Quintero at fquintero1@valenciacollege.edu.

You can also rent a hotspot from the Valencia Bookstore for 3 months for $135; financial aid can be used for this. 

Questions About Graphing Calculators 

A limited number of calculators are available. If you live closer to the East Campus, click here for more information. If you live closer to the Osceola Campus, submit this form. You can also find free software online that mimics a graphing calculator--try searching Google for free graphing calculators. 

Questions About Tutoring 

Distance tutoring is available for all students. For more information, visit the Distance Tutoring page.

Questions About Quiet Study on Campus

Although the libraries remain closed, quiet study spaces are available on certain campuses in Summer 2021. For details and to schedule, visit Study Space on Campus.

Questions About Degree Programs or Financial Aid

To contact an advisor, click here