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How do I log into databases from home?

To access CC Library's licensed databases, students must be currently enrolled.
When you select an article or e-book, a popup window will prompt you to login.
Login with your first name (dot) last name. Password is birthday 6 digits.

 Your name

EXAMPLE

User login is first name (dot) last name

John.smith

Password is birthday (6 digits)

010199

  • Login names are not case sensitive.
  • Patrons with hyphens, apostrophes or other special characters in their name, please see the chart:

Name

Login in as

John Smith-jones

John.Smithjones

John De La Cruz

John.Delacruz

John O’Malley

John.omalley

John Smith29468  
There might be several students that have the same name, such as John Smith. When that happens, the system will generate a random string of numbers after the name

John.Smith29468

 

 

 

Login Troubleshooting
There are some things that can go wrong when you try to access databases off campus:

  1. Are you currently registered for the current semester? For example, if you are not registered for summer classes, you will not have access to our databases during the summer.
  2. If you still get the invalid message, contact the Help Desk (619-660-4395), link to hours). The Help Desk will check your student login record. Generally this can be fixed immediately, but may take 1-2 working days in some cases.
  3. If you can log into some databases, but not others it generally means the database is having a problem and you'll have to wait until the problem is resolved, generally by the next day.
How may I get a library card?
All Cuyamaca and Grossmont students are eligible to check out library materials. A current student ID is required at the time of check-out. Student IDs are available free of charge in the Student Affairs/Pathway Academy Office, I-120 or in the Tech Mall E-121. Students must complete the college registration process before an ID card can be issued.
If I'm not a student at Cuyamaca College, may I get a guest card?
Community members who are not currently enrolled are eligible to purchase a guest card for $10.00. Guest users are allowed to check out a maximum of three books at any given time. Materials in other formats - including videos and periodicals - may not be checked out, and guest cards cannot be used to obtain access to the open lab. Guest cards are good for one year and are issued at the circulation desk on the main floor. A driver's license or a California Identification is required.
Does the library have textbooks on reserve?
Some faculty have placed items - such as textbooks or other course materials - on the library's reserve shelves, located at the circulation desk on the first floor. These items check out for 3 hours or 1 day, depending on the instructor's needs.
How many items may I check out at one time?
You may check out up to ten items at one time. For reserve materials, you may check out one item per discipline at a time.
How long may I check this out?
Books..............................2 weeks
Periodicals........................1 week
Reserves..........................3 hours
Videos.............................3 hours
Cassettes.........................3 hours
Scientific Calculators..........until the end of the current school term
Graphing Calculators...........until the end of the current school term
May I renew an item?
Circulating books and periodicals may be renewed once if there are no holds. Reserve items may not be renewed. To renew an item click on the “my account” button from the online library catalog. From there, follow the onscreen directions. You must renew your item before the due date.
What are the fines for overdue materials? What if I have a fine?

The library charges 25 cents a day for each item that is overdue (up to a $100 maximum per book and a $50 per magazine/journal). The fines for reserve materials are $1.00 per hour or $3.00 a day per item (up to $100 maximum per item). The fines for interlibrary loan materials are $3.00 per item per day. Students are blocked from administrative functions (registration, drop/add, transcripts, and grades by phone) if they have any overdue materials or fines in any amount.

If you have a fine, call the Circulation Desk (619-660-4416) or
visit the Circulation Desk in person.

May I place a hold on an item in the Cuyamaca College Library?
Library users may place a hold request for an item that is checked out to another patron. Requests are placed through the OPAC. When a requested item becomes available, it will be placed on hold at the circulation desk and the requestor notified to pick up the item within 3 days. Hold requests may not be placed on reserve items. Library users may also place holds by calling circulation during business hours (619-660-4416) or visiting the circulation desk in person.
May I order books from other libraries?

Yes. The Cuyamaca College Library offers an interlibrary loan service to students and employees. Interlibrary loan is a national lending system through which library users may order books from other libraries in the United States. Items from the Grossmont Library and the San Diego State Library should arrive in approximately two business days. It takes longer to get materials from other libraries, so plan ahead. To order ILL items online, please visit: http://www.gcccd.edu/library/default.html

Note: overdue fines on interlibrary loan materials are $3.00 per item per day.

Do I have to sign up to use the computers in the library?
No, you do not need to sign up or login to use the computers.
May I use my cell phone in the library?
No.
Can I print out from my laptop?
No, you can only print from the library's computers.
Do you have study rooms?
Yes, we have seven study rooms on the second floor for groups of two students or more per room. Study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis--and groups may use them for up to two hours at a time. To secure a room, please stop by circulation desk on the first floor. A student I.D. card is required, and two students must be present to sign for the room key.
Is Wi-Fi available in the library?
Yes. Wi-Fi is available on the second floor of the library. You must be a Cuyamaca or Grossmont student and have a laptop computer with wireless capability to take advantage of this service. Only the Internet is available: you do not have access to any other college computer services. Also, there is no printing capability. To log in: Login ID = firstname.lastname; Password = birth date in 6 digits. Further information, check out the policy on campus hotspots.
May I check out an Xacti Camcorder & Xacti/Macbook Backpack?

Students are welcome to check this equipment out for use in a library study room. Students wanting to use this equipment outside the library need to ask their instructor to contact the library to fill out the proper form.  

Last Updated: 10/03/2017

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