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Welcome to the Library! We are here to help. Ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk and/or the Reference desk. Membership is free to all who qualify, with valid photo identification. You don't have to be a student to check out books!

Reference Help | Loans | Renewals | Book Drop | Fines | Lost Items | Copying/Printing

Reference Help

What's reference help? It's getting assistance with a question you have, whether it's for a class or not. We can help you focus your questions and offer tools and suggestions about how to find the best resources to answer those questions.

Ways to contact a reference librarian:

Gilroy Campus:

There is a reference librarian to help you anytime the library is open; if we're not open, leave a phone message or send an e-mail, and we'll respond during business hours (Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-8p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.).

Hollister Campus:
Librarian assistance is available on site Wednesdays 9am-1pm. Site information can be found at

Morgan Hill Campus:
Librarian assistance is available on site Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am. Site information can be found at

Library Card

Your library card gives you access to Library resources, including books, eBooks, reserve materials, computers in the Library, electronic databases both on campus and from home, and more.

You can activate your ASB card as your library card or get a standalone card in the library during our open hours. Library cards are available to registered Gavilan students, staff and faculty, as well as community residents with a valid photo identification. Students, staff and faculty can apply for a card online. Online Library Card Application.


The maximum number of items that a patron can have checked out at any one time is ten (10); this can be any combination of books, audiobooks and/or videos, excluding reserves. If additional materials are needed, consult the reference librarian working at that time.

Course Reserves

Some instructors place items on reserve in the Library for you to check out for your class. Ask for these at the circulation desk. The lending period for reserve items varies from ½ hour in the library to a week at home, depending on faculty instructions. Reserve items may be renewed once if there is no waiting. The number of items lent depends on your teacher's instructions, and is not included in the ten (10)-item limit mentioned above.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If Gavilan does not own an item that you need, we can usually borrow it for you from a library that does own it. The item would then be delivered to the Gavilan Library, and you could pick it up at the front desk. Ask a librarian for details. More information about Interlibrary Loans


You may renew items that you need to keep longer. Various types of items have different renewal limits.

Book Drop:

There is an outside book drop in the northwest corner of the Library entrance. We request you use this only when the library is closed.

Fines for Overdue Items:

If library charges are not cleared, checkout privileges, grades, transcripts, and future enrollment privileges will be withheld.

Charges for Lost Items

$5.00/item processing fee plus replacement cost of lost item. Note: No overdue fines will be charged on a lost item. If the item is found and returned within 60 days, the replacement cost and processing fee will be refunded, but the overdue fines will then be collected, plus a service charge of $5.00.

Self-Serve Copying and Printing:

Photocopies and printing are .10 each. Photocopying machines use coins or small bills; printing requires purchase of a Go-Print card (card costs 50 cents and can be refilled.) Student ID cards also can be loaded and used as Go-Print cards.

Library Instruction

Faculty can schedule customized library instruction to support the research students will do for any speeches, written papers, presentations, etc. Topics can include research basics, evaluation of resources, database searching, print information sources, web searching, etc. Details about instruction and additional services can be found at