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Library Services Snapshot: Overview and Service Alerts

Overview and Service Alerts


AACC & Truxal Library access updates

AACC is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and adjusting services as necessary. AACC is now operating both face-to-face and online. Check the college's website and campus alerts for updates. For the latest information about Truxal Library services, bookmark this page.

Library services

  • Building: The library building is open to students, employees, and campus visitors.
    • Effective August 28, the library building is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 7:00pm.
    • Services are available at the reference and circulation desks any time the library is open, as are work spaces, study rooms, computers, printing, scanning, and library collections.
  • Online services: Staff have expanded remote library services, which are available to all patrons. These include reference, instruction, and interlibrary loan of digital materials, among others. See the "Get Help" box below.
    • "Remote" means that library staff are available by chat, email, text, phone, and other methods that don't involve face-to-face communication.
    • Online services from AACC library staff are available Monday through Friday; details are on the calendar below.
  • Online databases: Access to the library's databases and other online resources is now available using your MyAACC username and password.
    • Library databases can be accessed from anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are a community member without a MyAACC account, you may still log in with your Truxal library card number.
  • Outside library hours:
    • Research help: When AACC staff are offline, you can get live chat help from an international cooperative of librarians – 24 hours a day!
    • Returning materials: Books and media items may be returned to either of the library's exterior book drops at any time. A book drop slot can be found on the wall outside each entrance to the library.
      • Do not return fragile items to book drops. Laptops, tablets, webcams, calculators, and other fragile items must be returned directly to a staff member at the circulation desk or the Technical Service Desk (CRSC 108). If you received your items by home delivery, you may use the provided UPS label to ship them back. Items picked up at AMIL or GBTC may be returned to staff at those locations.
    • Work space: If you're looking for a quiet place to work outside of library hours, classroom buildings are open whenever classes are in session, including evenings and weekends. Check out HLSB, CRSC, or CALT, or call the AACC Response Center at 410-777-2222 for help finding other options on campus.

As this situation is evolving daily, all information is subject to change without notice. We will update this page in as timely a manner as possible if any changes are needed. Last updated: 08/25/2023.

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Online library resources

All of the following are available online, 24 hours a day:

Useful FAQs

Loaner devices

The college has a limited number of devices available to support students with online learning:

  • To borrow a webcam, students should come directly to the circulation desk on the second floor of Truxal Library. (If you are a distance student who cannot come to campus, contact to inquire.)
  • For laptops, a user contract is required; contact from your MyAACC email to start the process.
    • To reduce your wait time, please complete a contract and await notice that a laptop is ready for pickup before visiting the desk.

If your course or a program in which you participate has additional devices available, your instructor or a program staff member will inform you.

The college has worked to make a limited number of laptops, wi-fi hotspots, external webcams, and headsets with microphones available for students to borrow for the duration of their course/s. Borrowed items will be shipped to students, and a return shipping label will be provided.

If you're in need of a device, contact from your MyAACC email. Be sure to monitor your account as additional action will be required.

Current operating hours

Though the library building is closed, staff are currently offering chat help and monitoring other forms of communication during the hours listed. These hours are subject to change without notice.Note that any time the college is closed for safety reasons, the library is also closed. Please pay attention to all AACC campus alerts.

Note: sidewalk pickup and return services are available by appointment only. If you requested materials, see your AACC email to make an appointment.

Note that there are operating hours for both in-person (building) and virtual (remote) services.

Library photo courtesy of Barry Halkin Photography