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Libraries offer variety of study spaces, resources

NE student Austin Gray takes advantage of the J. Ardis Bell Library copiers, where the price per page printed is 10 cents. Prices for copying and printing pages vary from campus to campus. The libraries offer other resources such as free information literacy courses.  Photo by Zach Estrada/The Collegian
NE student Austin Gray takes advantage of the J. Ardis Bell Library copiers, where the price per page printed is 10 cents. Prices for copying and printing pages vary from campus to campus. The libraries offer other resources such as free information literacy courses. Photo by Zach Estrada/The Collegian

By Kenney Kost and Stephanie Swain

With five separate campuses, TCC’s library hours, print costs and support varies from location to location.

The Walsh Library on NW Campus boasts more than 100 computers as well as help with research and technical support free of charge, library specialist Kelly Clute said.

“We offer extensive help with research to students,” Clute said. “And our technical support is on hand to make sure everything is running and accessible to our students, faculty and staff.”   

NW library technology manager Brandon Wineman said his campus’ printing policy is changing this semester.

“Each student will have a page quota, and once they have met that quota of prints or copies that semester, any additional copies will be charged to the student’s library account, and they will be notified via email, sort of like a fine,” Wineman said.

The J. Ardis Bell Library on NE Campus is a two-story library that offers several computers, a massive catalog of books and magazines, a microfilm catalog, TCC’s archives and several spots to study alone or in large groups, library specialist Daniel Lim said.

“We have everything a student or faculty member might need,” Lim said. “We are pretty relaxed and encourage students to use the spaces and have fun studying.”

When printing on NE and South campuses, students need change and should expect to pay 10 cents per page. There is no option of double-sided printing on those campuses, but they place no limit on how many pages students can print.

“The only exception to paying 10 cents per page is for financial aid, nutrition forms and the IRS project,” said NE library manager Priscilla Harrison.

The Jenkins Garrett Library on South Campus has several study areas and offers the use of a scanner free of charge.

“We recommend students bring a flash drive if they plan to use the scanner to store and print their scans,” assistant library director Erik France said.

TR librarian Tracy Soto said her library offers just about everything the other campus libraries have as well as a free information literacy class.

“It is a single-day, three-hour course that helps you understand how to research, sort through information and how to navigate the library in general,” Soto said. “Students can find information and register for the course through WebAdvisor. Students receive a certificate for the class and a lot of professors offer extra credit for this as well.”

TR Campus switches it up, giving 10 pages of print copies free, then charging 10 cents per additional print. No double-sided option is offered, but it also has no limit on prints.

The SE Campus Library has large group study rooms and smaller group study pods that can be reserved for two hours at a time.

“The pods are great because they have a monitor display that can be hooked up to any student in the group’s laptop or tablet and display it to the rest of the group,” assistant director of library services Tracy Minzenmayer said.

SE also offers a Bucks For Books program for students enrolled in developmental courses.

“The Bucks for Books program is actually a scholarship program that allows developmental students to earn money for reading books,” Minzenmayer said. “For every 10 books read, the student will receive a $100 check. This can be repeated up to three times.”

For more information on the Bucks for Books program, contact Lilliana Cano at 817-515-3085.

SE library administrative assistant Denise Krajca said the SE library charges 5 cents per page printed and has no double-sided option.

A technical support employee takes care of the computers in the library and can help students with problems or questions. Although every campus library has this, some don’t all the time. The NW and NE libraries are the only two with a technical support employee available during all library hours.

“There is a technical support employee that works Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and technical support staff that works every hour the library is open,” Harrison said about the NE library.

TCC students, faculty and staff can use and check books out of any of the five libraries.

Library Hours:

NE Campus 817-515-6627

Mon.-Thur.: 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri. and Sat.: 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sun.: Noon-5 p.m.

NW Campus 817-515-7725

Mon.-Thur.: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri.: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

South Campus 817-515-4524

Mon.-Thur.: 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri.: 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat.: 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

SE Campus 817-515-3081

Mon.-Thur.: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri.: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

TR Campus 817-515-1220

Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sat.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sun.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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