Five things to ‘check out’ at Durham College libraries

Category: Student Experience

Beyond borrowing books, Durham College’s (DC) libraries are a hub of resources and services to help you excel on assignments and prepare for exams. From finding a quiet place to study to researching information to picking up loaned equipment like a laptop, the college’s libraries are ready to help you succeed.

Perfect study spaces 

The Oshawa Campus Library has four floors and boasts more than 700 study spaces with options ranging from private group study rooms to silent rooms for those concentrating on solo work. The Dixon-Alger Fireside Reading Room is a scenic spot to relax and focus, especially on a chilly winter day. The room features an electric fireplace and a two-storey glass wall overlooking Polonsky Commons and the reflecting pool.

Located next to the Computer Commons on the Whitby Campus, the Whitby Campus Library is the perfect place to go when you need to collaborate with peers or finish an assignment. It has a mix of soft seating, open seating and study carrels ready to welcome you. 

Research and citation help

DC librarians can help you take your assignments to the next level. Simply use the askON chat for research help or help with using citation guides. Click on the ‘click to chat’ button on the library’s website or text 289.460.2275.

Subject librarians can also help students find resources specific to their program of study. Book an appointment online with a subject librarian or check out the research guide listing useful resources for each DC program.

Accessibility services

To support all individuals, Campus Libraries provide equitable access to a full range of services, resources and facilities. For example, our libraries offer more than 15,000 books through the Accessible Content E-Portal as well as access to adaptive technology including Kurzweil 3000 and Zoomtext in the adaptive technology workstation at the Oshawa campus library. There are also adjustable height tables in the quiet study zones. Visit the library’s Accessibility webpage for more information.

Digital resources

The library has a plethora of online resources that can be accessed any time of the day. Dozens of online databases are available to students covering everything from science to business to the culinary arts. Students can also access journals, ebooks and streaming videos via the library’s website. Streaming resources include more than 5,000 documentaries, animations and short films from the National Film Board of Canada as well as video and radio programs from the CBC Archives.

Equipment and course material loans

Forgot a phone charger? Laptop on the fritz?  Dabbling in podcasting? Head to the library. Cables, computer and recording equipment, headphones, 3D printing tools and even board games are among items available for loan from Durham College libraries. Loan times vary by item from three hours for a laptop to two weeks for podcast recording equipment.

Textbooks and other course materials are also available for one to three-day loans.

For more information about DC libraries visit us online.