Library Services

Currently closed to students and the general public. To speak with a Reference Librarian, online reference chat is available during regular operating hours.

Fall 2020:
August 24 – December 11

Online Reference Chat Hours
Monday – Thursday:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Library Main Line:
(714) 895-8741

Chat with a faculty librarian or text us at: 
(714) 882-5425

The Golden West College Library currently maintains an on-site collection of print and non-print materials as well as electronic books to support the educational needs of GWC students, faculty, and staff. The library also provides online databases that index and provide citations and/or full-text periodical articles to view, print, and email. In addition, the GWC Library has computers available for word processing and Internet access for registered students, faculty, and staff.

Reference: A librarian is always on duty to offer assistance at the information desk to help students, faculty, & staff with research questions, including helping students find relevant books, reference materials, online articles, and appropriate websites for research.
Phone #: 714-895-8741 x55184

Public Services Desk: Check out and return books, pay fines, and pick up books on hold or requested. The loan period for circulating books is 3 weeks with one renewal allowed. Check on the status of Interlibrary Loan Requests. Check out materials that instructors have placed on reserve for students at the Public Services desk. Phone #: 714-895-8741 x55181

Student Textbook Access Reserve Collection (STAR): Thanks to the GWC Foundation, the library has a textbook reserve collection for two hour in-library use. The Student Textbook Access Reserve collection, known as the STAR collection, currently includes approximately 100 titles from over half of the subjects taught on campus. Stop by and see if we have your textbooks.

Media/Periodicals: DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, and streaming media are available. View media items that instructors have placed on reserve. Magazines and newspapers in print format are available for in-library use only.

Copy Machines, Fax Machine, Printing: Copy material for .10 cents per page. Copy machines are located in Reference area. Fax machine available for use at the Public Services desk for a dollar a page. Printing is available for .10 cents per page at the self-service printing station.

Library Group Study Rooms:Reservation policies androom availability. Library Group Study Rooms–Please contact the library at 714-895-8741 x55184 if you need assistance with the self-service study room reservation software.

Wireless Internet Access: WIFI access is available in the 2nd and 3rd floor of the library for registered students.

Mutual Borrowing Agreements

The following libraries are members of the CalWest Consortium. Students, faculty, and staff from each of these colleges may borrow materials from the libraries of any of the member colleges.

Cypress College, Fullerton College, Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College,California State University, Long Beach ( CSULB) Library ) and Golden West College Library have agreed to extend mutual borrowing privileges of non-reserve library materials to students, faculty, and staff of both colleges beginning in Fall 2002.