About the Libraries / FAQ

About the Libraries / FAQ

Del Mar College Libraries provide a wide range of materials supporting teaching and learning, faculty instruction, and student research and study.  These materials include print and electronic formats including books, magazines and journals, audiovisual media, ebooks, and online magazine and journal databases. 

  • Libraries Overview

    DMC Library Catalog is available to search for books and audiovisual media housed at the libraries.  The book collection is arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification SystemBeacon allows a single search to retrieve content from across most online resources provided by the libraries. 

    The libraries have over 300 computer workstations available for student use as well as notebook computers which may be checked out for use in the libraries.  Each library has a Student Technology Center which have Windows and MacIntosh computers, a variety of scanners and printers and a wide variety of software to support student assignments.   Listening and viewing stations are available for students who need to use audiovisual media for their assignments. 

    Reference Services provides personalized information-seeking assistance and formal instruction on the use of library resources.  The Reference librarians and their staff provide assistance face-to-face, by phone, email, and through their 24-hour live chat service.  Photocopiers and scan to flash drive or email are available at Reference.

    Small group study rooms are available at each library on a first come, first served basis.  Generally, groups of two or more have priority in use of the study rooms.

    The libraries actively participate in OCLC, and are a member of Amigos Library Services and TexShare consortia.

  • Libraries Mission & Guiding Principles

    Libraries Mission

    The Del Mar College Libraries are dedicated to providing access to learning resources, promoting information literacy, fostering creative thinking and intellectual curiosity, and supporting lifelong learning opportunities for our community. Student learning is our highest priority.

    Guiding Principles

    • Select and support quality learning resources on-site and online
    • Create and maintain quality physical and virtual learning environments which meet the varied needs of college and community learners
    • Develop and conduct information literacy sessions for students that will familiarize them with the diversity of our collections and with the information resources they need for study, research and lifelong learning
    • Seek, investigate and implement new and innovative ways to provide service and access to resources
    • Recruit and maintain sufficient staff qualified, concerned and motivated to serve the needs of students and college personnel
  • William F. White, Jr. Library

    William F. White, Jr. LibraryNOTE: The William F. White, Jr. Library is currently CLOSED for renovation.

    The White Library, Heritage Campus (at Baldwin & Ayers), is the central library for the College. All library materials are purchased and processed here.

    Two-story William F. White, Jr. Library, 1967White Library was built in 1967 as a two-story building, but designed to support five floors.  Floors 3-5 were completed in 1979 though the fifth floor was not finished for public use until 1998.  White Library is scheduled to undergo a multimillion dollar renovation as part of the 2014 Capital Improvement Plan.  Completion of the renovation is anticipated in 2021.

    The library is named for William F. White, Jr. (1916-2017), DMC regent for 33 years, from 1951-1984.  The honor was bestowed by his fellow regents in tribute of his many years of service to Del Mar College on his retirement from the Board of Regents.  Born in San Francisco, California, Mr. White was a naval aviator aboard the USS Bataan during WWII.  He spent most of his adult life in Corpus Christi working in the insurance field.  He was active in many community organizations including Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, Corpus Christi Symphony, Art Foundation, Navy League, and Oso Naval Lodge.  Mr. White chose not to seek reelection to the DMC Board of Regents so that he could serve on the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Board.  Artwork donated by Mr. White and his wife are on display in the library.

  • Barth Learning Resources Center

    Barth Learning Resources Center front entry and walkway after darkBuilt in 1988, Barth Learning Resources Center is the library for the Windward Campus.  Materials at Barth LRC are specially selected to support the programs offered at the Windward Campus and has all the amenities listed in the Libraries Overview.  The lecture/computer classroom also serves as a quiet study area.  The L. E. Harville Architecture collection is housed at Barth LRC.

    Barth Learning Resources Center was named for Dr. Howard E. Barth in 1992.  Dr. Barth was a DMC graduate who went on to be a celebrated orthodontist working until his death at age 79.  For a time he taught dental hygiene at DMC.  In 1971, Dr. Barth was appointed to the DMC Board of Regents, then elected and served for 28 years as a regent as well as board president 1988-1990.  On leaving the Board of Regents, he served on the DMC Foundation's Board of Trustees until his death in 2003.  Dr. Barth was inducted to DMC's Wall of Honor, a distinction reserved for the most prestigious alumni, and posthumously named Trustee Barth Learning Resources Center Book ShelvesEmeritus of the Foundation.  The Foundation provides a memorial scholarship in his name.  Loyd Neal, then Mayor of Corpus Christi, called Dr. Barth, "a champion for those who needed help the most to find educational opportunities." 

    On October 24, 2002, three tornados touched down in Corpus Christi.  The second tornado ripped through the Del Mar College West Campus.  The Barth Learning Resources Center lost the skylight, suffered heavy interior water damage, and the collapse of an exterior wall causing over $500,000 damage to the library and $2.25 million worth of damage to the campus.  During the storm, 72 year old Industrial Math instructor James F. "Buster" Gillis was assisting his students in Barth LRC when the wall collapsed on him.  Mr. Gillis lost his life and 14 others were injured at West Campus.  A portrait of Mr. Gillis hangs in Barth Learning Resources Center in his honor.  

Frequently Asked Questions

While designed to support students, faculty and staff of Del Mar College, all visitors are welcome to use library materials and electronic resources in the building as well as limited access to computer resources.  Only DMC students, faculty, and staff may check out materials, use electronic resources from off-campus, and have full access to the Student Technology Center.  Visitors with a TexShare card may check out books.

  • Del Mar College ID Cards

    DMC Identification Card graphic

    Del Mar College ID Cards are required for all DMC students, faculty and staff. DMC ID cards provide access to library services, including book & laptop checkouts and use of Student Technology Center computers, as well as other services across campus.

    DMC ID's on the Heritage Campus (Baldwin & Ayers) are obtained at the Harvin Student Center. To schedule an appointment click HERE (select the Student ID Services option) or visit the kiosk at the Harvin Student Center and scan the QR code. Students may also call (361) 698-1310 or visit the Library Services office at GEND 103.

    DMC ID's on the Windward Campus (Old Brownsville & Airport Rd.) are obtained at Barth Learning Resources Center. For more information call (361) 698-1754.

    Validation stickers can be issued at either campus, at any time, upon verification of enrollment.

    The first issued DMC ID card is free. Replacement cards are $5.00.

    Students may obtain a DMC ID card by presenting a picture ID, such as a driver's license that matches DMC Registration Information, proof of enrollment and signature on the DMC Computer and Network Resources Statement of Acceptable Use. The name printed on the ID will match DMC Registration Information. Each semester, students must obtain a free validation sticker at either library's Access Services Desk.

    Faculty and staff may obtain a DMC ID card and replacements from the Environmental Health and Safety office.  Please contact EH&S at (361) 698-1641 or visit their site for information about their hours and policies. 

  • Check Out Library Materials / Computers

    Check Out Books

    Books may be checked out by request at the Library Services office at GEND 103 on the Heritage Campus or the main desk at Barth LRC at the Windward Campus, by presenting a DMC ID with current semester validation.  Books that check out are located at Barth LRC.

    getting and returning books from different locations

    A student checks out books at the White Library Access Services DeskBooks and media may be returned at either the Library Services office at GEND 103 or Barth LRC regardless of where the items were checked out.  Books may be returned in the book drops, but media, such as CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays, must be returned at either GEND 103 or the Barth LRC circulation desk.

    DMC students may checkout resources at both locations.  Should an item be needed from Barth LRC and it is not possible to visit in person, place a request at the Library Services office at GEND 103 and the item will be couriered to that office. Please allow two business days for the item to arrive. 

    Check Out CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Reserve Items and Notebook Computers

    Request the item desired at the Access Services desk and present a DMC ID with a current semester validation sticker.  Most Reserve items and notebook computers must be used in the library.

    some Items do not check out

    Some items may be used only in the library such as magazines and Reference books.  High quality scanners are available to copy needed information.

    Student Technology Center (STC) Computers

    The Student Technology Center at William F. White, Jr. Library (Heritage Campus) has moved to VB 238. For hours or more information call (361) 698-1991.

    The Student Technology Center at Barth Learning Resources Center (Windward Campus) is OPEN to students during library hours.

    Stop at the check-in desk at either location and present a DMC ID with current semester validation sticker.  Login using WebDMC username and password.

     

    Items Not available at DMC libraries

    Books and articles not available at DMC Libraries may still be available for use.

    TEXSHARE CARD

    DMC Students, Faculty and Staff are eligible to use a TexShare Card to visit and borrow materials from other TexShare participating libraries.  There are over 1000 TexShare participating libraries and branches in the state that offer borrowing privileges including TAMU-CC and TAMU-Kingsville.  Contact Library Access Services for information on how to get a TexShare borrower's card.

    Interlibrary loan (ILL)

    DMC Libraries participate in reciprocal borrowing programs known as InterLibrary Loan or ILL to share books and articles.  Once a request is received, library staff begin the process to request the item from other libraries nearby and around the world.  Magazine and journal articles are delivered electronically and may only take a couple of days to fill the request.  Books are delivered via courier or mail and may take two weeks or more to arrive.  Contact the Library Reference Desk or Access Services Desk or email to ill@delmar.edu for more information.

    Requests for the library to buy books and materials

    Students, faculty and staff may request that the library buy books, media and other items for the library.  The library does not purchase textbooks for DMC classes.  Send your request via email or drop off a request at the Library Reference Desk or Access Services Desk. 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Please see Circulation Policies, Collection Development Guidelines, and Student Technology Center Policies on the Library Policies page.

  • Get Help

    24/7 Chat

    Get live online help from a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Ask questions via chat and get answers from professional librarians! To get started, click HERE.

    In Person

    • Librarians and library staff will be happy to help you during library hours.
    • Reference assists with the research process, locating materials, selecting resources and using the electronic resources, and finding the information needed.
    • Access Services assists with checking out materials, maintaining the Reserve collection, and reserving rooms for faculty.
    • Student Technology Center assists with the use of the computers, printers, equipment and software available.

    By Phone

    By Email

    Email to refdesk@delmar.edu

  • Computers / Internet / Technology / Wifi

    Computers / Internet

    Photo of Student Technology Center at Barth Learning Resources CenterThe Student Technology Center at the Heritage Campus has moved to VB 238. For hours or for more information call (361) 698-1991.

    The Student Technology Center at Barth Learning Resources Center (Windward Campus) is open during regular hours for students.

    Notebook computers for use in the library are available at the Access Services Desk at Barth LRC.

    Wi-fi / Personal Devices

    Students may use their own devices on the VikingNet wireless network.  Login using WebDMC username and password.  VikingNet access is limited to two devices per login at a time.

    Copiers / Scanners

    Barth LRC has networked scanners available.  Materials may be scanned to flash drive or email at no charge.  Flat-bed scanners are also available in STC at Barth LRC. Individuals making the scans and printouts/copies assume responsibility for compliance with copyright laws.

    Other Technology

    USB cameras, voice recorders, and graphing calculators are available at the Access Services Desk at Barth LRC.  Laser printers, color printers, large format printers, and flat-bed scanners are available at the STC at Barth LRC.

  • Online Resources

    Login with WebDMC username and password. Off-campus access to library databases and online resources is for use by DMC students, faculty and staff only. Use of the databases is subject to the DMC Computer & Network Resources Statement of Acceptable Use. If you need more assistance, call Library Reference at  (361) 698-1877. 

    In order to purchase research databases for student use, the library agrees to restrict use to Del Mar College faculty, staff and students. All off-campus access must go through the library web page and the off-campus login page to comply with vendor requirements.  To create bookmarks, copy the link from the Databases A-Z pages, not the destination address displayed in the address bar.

  • Study Rooms

    Study Rooms

    Photo of a student study room at White LibraryStudy rooms can be found at Windward Campus, Barth LRC. Please note that these rooms muffle normal voice levels, but are not soundproof. Students may request chalk or markers for study boards at the Access Services desk or the Reference desk, whichever is most convenient.

    Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference is given to groups of two or more.

     

  • Student & Visitor Conduct Basics

    • Use of Tobacco products and smoking any product are prohibited in the libraries.
    • Small snacks and drinks in spill-proof containers are allowed.
    • Cell phones should be set to off or vibrate when entering the libraries.  Please be respectful of other library users when using phones.
    • Children must not be left unattended
    • Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Anyone whose behavior is disruptive to others using the library will be asked to leave.
    • For more information, see the Code of Conduct for Patrons on the Libraries Policies page

Page last updated June 22, 2022.

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