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About the Library


The American River College Library seeks to provide instruction, information resources, and services to support the College mission and supplement the instructional programs of the College. It also seeks to provide information resources and services relevant to institutional, intellectual, and professional needs, and to encourage the personal and cultural development of students, faculty, and staff.

Library Student Learning Outcomes

Students who utilize the ARC library will:

  1. Become aware of the variety of library resources and services available to them;
  2. Choose and access the information sources, library resources, and/or library services appropriate for their information needs.

Library Courses (LIBR)

ARC offers several for-credit courses that teach research skills.


Find student, staff, & faculty positions at the ARC library.

Library Policies

Code of Conduct

In short: Treat fellow students, library staff, and the library building with respect and consideration.

Collection Development

The librarians select books, databases, and other library materials that support the curriculum at ARC.

Computer Use

Library computers are for academic use only.


The library accepts donations of materials that support ARC's curriculum.


Policies for library exhibits

Food & Drink

Drinks and small snacks are allowed in the library. Please be courteous, report any spills, and throw away your trash.

Group Study Rooms

The library's 19 group study rooms are first-come, first-served. Groups have priority and individuals may not save space for a group.

Instruction Lab

L108, the library's 30-seat computer lab may be reserved by ARC faculty & staff less than a week in advance.

Printing & Photocopying

Prices & policies for printing and photocopying



Computer Use

Group Study Rooms

There are nineteen group study rooms available throughout the library: three on the 1st floor, ten on the 2nd floor, and six on the 3rd floor. Group study rooms are for academic use only. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and therefore cannot be reserved. Groups are given preference; therefore, individuals using the group study rooms may be asked to leave by any group wanting to use the room. Failure to comply with this policy, or with requests made by library staff may result in removal from the library and a loss of library privileges.

Note: Rooms 210, 211, 212, and 213 are sometimes used by the Beacon Tutoring Program. A calendar outside each room shows when tutoring sessions are scheduled; when there is no official Beacon tutoring session scheduled, any student may use the room.

Printing and Photocopying

  • Printing costs $.10 per page for black and white and $.30 per page for color. Students must use their Access Cards for printing or buy a copy card for $1.
  • Standard letter and legal sized copies are $.10 per page.
  • Wireless printing is available in the library computer lab in black and white. Color only available from the library desktops. 

Watch this video for more information on how to print in the library!