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Quick Start Library Guide: Downtown Campus

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

Downtown Campus Faculty and Staff

Overview

The Downtown Campus library is a full-service location. Students will receive in-person assistance from the Valencia College or UCF librarian. If you’re a Valencia College student, you’ll be able to utilize Valencia College materials and library databases. However, only Valencia College students whose program of study is downtown will be able to check out library materials from UCF. Please note that there will be limited access when borrowing laptop computers from the library. In addition, it will not house study rooms, although other parts of the building will have study rooms available.

 

Location

The library is located on the 2nd floor of DPAC, Rm 265, 500 W. Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801
 

Library Hours:  

The hours of operation are as follows and subject to change during college-observed closings and holidays:  
 

Library Downtown Spring 2023 Hours 

 

Contact

Angela C. Hall, DTC Librarian - ahall106@valenciacollege.edu.

You may also contact the DTC Librarian at (407) 582-3504 or the reference desk at (407) 235-3720

If you need to schedule an appointment with your DTC Librarian, please click this link:  Book-A-Librarian Virtual Appointment.

Access to DTC Resources

You may get more information about accessing the DTC Library resources, including databases and eBooks.  Click on the link below to the "Downtown Campus Library:  Everything You Need to Know" LibGuide:

Downtown Campus Library: Everything You Need to Know 

 

Space Reservation Process for the Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus Library does not have study spaces and we do not reserve rooms.  However, there are numerous spaces and rooms for students use for for study and collaborative work throughout the Downtown Campus.  There are four types of spaces with three different ways to schedule:

  1. Same Day Scheduling: These rooms are available for same-day scheduling using a touch panel outside of each room.  These rooms are  small- and medium-sized for primary use by students. Advance reservations can only be made within 24-hours of the requested time slot
  2. Collaborative Scheduling:  These rooms are available for same-day or advanced scheduling by a designated department representative using Microsoft Outlook.  These rooms are small to large-sized rooms for faculty and staff use only. Reservations can be made the same day or up to four months in advance. All rooms are equipped with A/V; some variations may apply.
  3. Central Scheduling:  The following rooms must be scheduled in advance through this special request form: https://ucfdt.wufoo.com/forms/space-reservation-special-request-form/ 

In most instances, students may occupy a space as long as it is not in use.  

Borrowing Laptop Computers at the Downtown Campus

At times, students will need to borrow or access laptop computers.  The DTC library does not provide these devices.  However, the UCF Tech Lending (DPAC, 2nd Floor), will have devices available for students to borrow.    This UCF link will describe the types of devices a student can borrow from Tech Lending:  UCF Libraries-Tech Lending.  When searching their website for available resources/devices, please select the Downtown (DTC) Library.  You may also specify what tech type you are seeking.  in this case, it would be "laptops."  Students may select a Dell Laptop or an Apple MacBook Air Laptop.

Students may borrow laptop computers from Tech Lending for a loan period of 7 days.  If a student needs to extend their loan period, they may do so as long as Tech Lending has 25% of devices in stock.  If the inventory is low, students will be asked to return the device the next day to give others a chance to borrow equipment.

Students will need their new DTC ID cards in order to check out equipment.  Tech Lending is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 9pm and Friday, 8am - 4pm.

Printing at the Downtown Campus

How Can I Help You?

The DTC Librarian is able to provide assistance via email and telephone regarding your online instruction:

  • Use the Ask-A-Librarian service, which provides you with virtual reference services text messaging, live chat, or emailing a librarian should you need immediate assistance.
  • Embed library content in your Canvas course by requesting a LibGuide or instructional video created specifically for your course.  Contact Angela Hall for assistance for the DTC faculty.
  • Contact Angela Hall for assistance with accessing the library database and eBooks to incorporate into your course content.
  • To support students, embed a librarian in your Canvas Course
    • Add the Librarian to your Canvas course as a TA or Librarian. While we don't grade assignments, this creates an opportunity for students to interact with us. Contact the DTC librarian for more information.
  • Access to virtual library instruction.  Submit request via Request for Library Instruction at the Downtown Campus 

What do I about....?

  • Checkouts:  For our DTC students, books are circulated through the UCF system.  
  • ILLs:  Students may request items through our library catalog, "Primo."  If it is a Valencia library book, once on the item record in the catalog, you may request the book and complete the required fields of information.  Indicated the campus where you would like to pick up the book.  If the book is a book from another institution, click on "UBorrow" and complete the required information fields.

For any other special situations, please contact the campus librarian.

The Valencia College libraries do not welcome solicitation of resources to be added to our LibGuides. This includes but is not limited to vendors, search engine optimizers, placement of ads, products, or any other requests. Our LibGuides are carefully curated resources developed in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to support specific assignments, courses, events, and other related purposes at Valencia College. The Valencia libraries reserve the right to ignore LibGuide resource solicitations, and/or block persistent requests from groups or individuals to add or promote links in our LibGuides.