Library introduces appointment system for in-person visits


Eman Salem

The CRC Library has implemented an appointment system for student use to ensure students are following Covid-19 guidelines. Appointments can be made online through the CRC Student Appointment Center.

Thinking about visiting the campus library? You’ll need an appointment, but same-day appointments can be made at the library’s front desk.

The library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rochelle Perez, department chair of the library, said the library is specifically open during these hours because it’s when students are most likely to visit. Moreover, she said the appointment system is in sync with what student services are already doing.

“And really, the goal of that is to make sure that anybody who goes to our facility, like for all student services, are following the Los Rios mandate, which is fully vaccinated unless they have exemptions,” Perez said.

Students can schedule appointments on the student services appointment center site, where they are asked for their student ID and password. From there, students will choose library appointments and then input their name, ID number and email address.

Isabel Moore, a 21-year-old child development major, said the appointment system is fairly simple, although she wishes it were easier to find online.

“It’s really convenient because some of my classes are very spaced out,” Moore said. “So I’m really glad that it’s available for us.”

Thirty-year-old biology major Chau Doan said she wished the library had longer hours on Mondays and Tuesdays to give her more time to study.

Perez emphasized the increased traffic for online services. Currently, the library offers one-on-one research appointments online that are tailored to each student’s specific needs.

Additionally, there is a 24/7 live chat box on the library’s website for students to directly communicate with a librarian. Perez said the chat system works well for students to ask quick questions and get an immediate response.
“So we’re getting a lot of questions, not just library related questions, but questions that concern, you know, admissions and stuff,” Perez said. “So we have to know what’s happening in those areas as well.”

Perez said printing and copying services are free to students this semester.

Physical library books can also be requested online and be picked up from the lockers located in the Business and Social Sciences building, according to the CRC website.