About the Library

Mission Statement

Gavilan College Library provides a safe, respectful and welcoming environment in which the educational community and its work are supported via the delivery of traditional and emerging academic research tools and methods, and where students are encouraged to explore, discover, investigate and develop research skills for personal, professional and life-long learning.

Gavilan College Library affirms the principles and details of the the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics including a commitment to patron privacy.

Library Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will use information technology tools to locate, retrieve, organize, and present information.
  • Students will increase their ability to state a research question, problem or issue.
  • Students will determine information requirements for the research question, problem or issue.
  • Students will use the library’s reserve course materials to assist them in their course work.


The Gavilan Library is committed to providing a pleasant, safe library environment and quality service. Please note the following expectations while you're in the library:

  • All library patrons are expected to behave politely and respectfully towards other patrons and toward library employees.
  • Please refrain from soliciting, selling or requesting signatures on petitions inside the library.
  • Please obtain permission from library staff before posting or distributing flyers and materials in the library.
  • Food & Drink: Please only bring beverages in closed or covered containers and snack food items to the library.
  • Brief low volume cell phone conversations are permitted, except at the computers. Please take longer conversations outside the library.


NOTE: The library is not open for physical visits during Summer 2021 semester until it is safe to return to campus.  

Library hours for Fall and Spring represent the times that librarians are available to provide live assistance to students through chat, zoom, or telephone. If your need is not immediate, you can contact a librarian with a research/reference question or library-related business question by e-mail

2021 Summer Session (6/15-8/6)

Mon-Thu  10am-2pm
Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday

July 5 - Independence Day

2021 Fall Semester (8/23-12/11)

Mon-Thu  9am-9pm
Fri         9am-4pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Wed 11/24/2021 9am-5pm

September 6 - Labor Day
November 12 - Veteran's Day
November 25-26 - Thanksgiving Break

2022 Winter Intersession (1/4-1/26)


Jan 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2022 Spring Semester (1/31-5/27)

Mon-Thu  9am-9pm
Fri         9am-4pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

February 18 & 21 - President's Day
April 4-10 - Spring Institutional Break



Doug Achterman
Head Librarian
Phone: 408-848-4809
email: dachterman@gavilan.edu

Dana Young
Instruction/Technology Librarian
Phone: 408-848-4806
email: dyoung@gavilan.edu

Acquisitions/Systems (position currently unfilled)

Rachel Becerra
Phone: 408-848-4810
email: rbecerra@gavilan.edu

Sandra Mendoza
Phone: 408-848-4810
email: smendoza@gavilan.edu

Tara Myers
Office Manager
Phone: 408-848-4810
email: tmyers@gavilan.edu

Aleah Kropholler
Part-Time Reference Librarian
phone: 408-848-4806
email: akropholler@gavilan.edu

Meg Omainsky
Part-Time Reference Librarian
phone: 408-848-4806
email: momainsky@gavilan.edu

Dolores Wiemers
Part-Time Reference Librarian
phone: 408-848-4806
email: dwiemers@gavilan.edu