Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Extended Chat Hours!

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Studying late into the night? OCC Librarians are available to help! 

For the last two weeks of the semester the Chat with a Librarian service has extended hours.

Wed 5/19: 8am-Midnight
Thurs 5/20: 8am-Midnight
Fri 5/21: 8am-3pm
Sat 5/22: 10am-3pm
Sun 5/23: CLOSED
Mon 5/24: 8am-Midnight
Tues 5/25: 8am-Midnight
Wed 5/26: 8am-Midnight
Thurs 5/27: 8am-9pm
Fri 5/28: 8am-3pm

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Click on the chat icon to get started!

Monday, May 3, 2021

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


According to, "The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."

In 1978, Congress passed Public Law 95-419, which directed President Carter to designate a week in May 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1990, Congress passed a law amending the 1978 law, requesting a month-long observance.

Learn more about Asian and Pacific Island American history on the OCC Library guide. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Spring 2021 Online Library Workshops

The library provides workshops for students to learn how to do library and information research. The goal or mission of these workshops is based on the ultimate goal or mission of Information Literacy, which is that students learn library and information research skills that make them independent and life-long learners. Extra credit will be available if requested by your teacher.  


These 60 minute extra-credit workshops, held online, will teach library and information research skills using print and electronic resources. They will also introduce the library's services and resources. Student will learn to identify and access the various library and information resources; to identify scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals; to search discipline-specific and advanced electronic resources; to do research on the web; to evaluate search results for credible resources; to cite their sources in either MLA or APA styles; and to understand how the proper use and citation of library and information resources helps avoid plagiarism. 

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule 

(Click on links below to sign up for the workshop)


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Tuesday, March 2, 3:00pm  

Wednesday, March 10, 1:00pm  

Tuesday, March 16, 5:00pm 

Saturday, March 20, 11:00am  

Thursday, March 25, 1:00pm   



Tuesday, April 6, 3:00pm   

Saturday, April 10, 11:00am

Monday, April 12, 6:00pm

Tuesday, April 20, 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 21, 3:00pm  



Thursday, May 6, 3:00pm    

For More Information:

Contact Erin Gratz at or click on the Chat with a Librarian icon in the lower right corner. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

When a student has completed these library workshops, they will be: 

  • Aware how to identify, access, and evaluate credible library and information resources using a variety of search strategies.
  • Aware how to correctly cite library and information resources and avoid plagiarism.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Request Print Books & DVDs for Curbside Pick Up

Did you know that even though the physical library is closed you can access the books and videos inside the library? You can place a request through OCC Discovery for an item, and then we have a contactless curbside pick up available.  Pick up hours are Monday - Thursday 1-3pm. 

Take a look at our COVID-19 Getting Started Guide for step-by-step instructions for requesting books and DVDs.

2020-21 Banff Mountain Film Festival is Online!

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The 2020/2021 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is now online! 

Tickets are available for two exciting programs at this site until October 24, 2021:

Please NOTE: if you joined the online Banff Film Festival in early Fall 2020, these are brand new film packages!  

The Friends of the Library will earn a percentage of ticket revenues through this URL. Please choose individual programs for $15 each or the two-program bundle for $28.

We hope that you enjoy this Banff Film Festival experience online! 

Thank you for supporting our Friends of the Library and the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at OCC!

If you have any difficulty purchasing programs, or with the platform in general, please contact Vimeo directly using the Help tab at the bottom of the online festival URL.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Black History Month in the Library


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February is Black History Month  

To celebrate the work and lives of Black people in America, we have a virtual display highlighting novels written by Black authors, nonfiction books and films on Black history, culture, and the Black experience.  Visit the display!

Follow us on Instagram (@occ_library) for recommended readings and films each day. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Welcome to Spring 2021!

While the Library is physically closed, we have many resources and services available to help you succeed in your classes.  We hope to see you online! 

Library Online Chat hours are (Feb. 1 - May 29): 
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9:00pm
Friday: 8am - 3:00pm
Saturday:  10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Some key resources include: 
  • Ebook Collection:  You can search for e-books in our library catalog.  There are thousands of ebooks available through the library. You can download sections of books, highlight & annotate, and access citation information for the book. 
  • Print Books & DVDs - Curbside Pick Up: Our physical collection is still available to you! Curbside pickup is now available Monday-Thursday from 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.  Sign into OCC Discovery to locate an item and request it. Staff will check items out to you upon pickup.  The pickup location is located behind the library, and the usual 10 item limit policy applies.  For information on how request a book, please contact the librarian through chat or click on the "help" button in Discovery.
  • Magazine, Newspaper, & Journal Articles: Use the Databases to find magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Get started by going to Databases A-Z, and selecting a database by the subject area you need (or pick one of our favorite general databases, like Ebsco Power Search or ProQuest Central)
  • Streaming Videos: The OCC Library has thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and newsreels.  Get started by searching in Films on Demand or Kanopy Streaming Video. 
  • Library Workshops: Throughout the Fall semester 13 online library workshops are available to learn the basics of using the library.  Come with your questions or just to learn more about how to conduct library research. Sign up here! 
  • Get Help: Librarians are available online for asking questions via chat (icon in lower right hand corner) or research appointments
  • Follow us on Instagram: Find us at @occ_library for info on the library, resources, and little bits of motivation.