Information and Services for Instructors

Information and Services for Instructors


The library A-V collection includes videotapes, DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, multi-media kits, maps, slides, and audio cassettes. Both campus libraries have A-V collections, although most materials are located at the Texas Township Campus. Students must use A-V materials in the library. Instructors may check out A-V materials for use outside the library.

All A-V materials are listed in ValleyCat, the Kalamazoo Valley libraries' online catalog, which you can search by author, title, subject, and keyword, and limit to format type.

See the Film Collection Guide for A-Z/subject lists, in addition to other useful information about our film collection.

Library A-V equipment

Arcadia Commons Campus Library: VCR/DVD players, X-Ray viewer
Texas Township Campus Library: VCR/DVD/Blu-Ray players, computers for CD-ROMs, CDs and DVDs, microfilm reader/printer, print enlarger.
Contact the Media Services Department if you need A-V equipment for your classroom.

Video/DVD reservation service

The library maintains a reservation system for classroom use of videos and DVDs. Please reserve well in advance to ensure materials are available when you need them. To reserve, contact The Circulation Desk x4328 at TTC or x7848 at ACC. Video/DVD requests between campuses require no less than 3 business days notice.

Requesting A-V material for purchase or preview

Contact: Chris Robbins x4331

We build the A-V collection by purchasing materials requested by instructors. Please use the forms below to request titles for purchase or previews. If you need assistance finding a film or films for a particular course, please see the links for educational film vendors below.
A-V purchase request form A-V preview request form

External Links


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Contact: Reference Services x4380, x7867 or Acquisitions x4464

Book collection

Use ValleyCat to search for print and e-books owned by the KVCC library. You may request that books be delivered to the campus of your choice. Books may be returned to either campus library.

Requesting books for purchase? Contact: Jackie Zito x4464

We encourage instructors to suggest books for the library to purchase. You may contact her by phone x4464 or by email: or use the online form below.
Book purchase request form

Printed book request forms are also available in the faculty offices.

Circulation & Reserve

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Contact: ACC - x7848 / TTC - Ashley Bowler x4313

KVCC ID cards

Instructors must present a KVCC photo ID card to borrow materials and need their V number to access their ValleyCat accounts. Students are also required to have a KVCC ID card to check out any materials from the libraries. ID cards are available from the Student Service Center on either campus.

Library Course Reserve

Items may be placed on Reserve at the TTC and ACC Libraries. Items are checked out to students for limited loan periods, most commonly 2 hours. The Library does not currently purchase items for Course Reserve, although items from the Libraries' collections may be placed on Reserve. Contact your department for information on acquiring course materials.

In addition to acquiring the material, you must fill out one (1) Course Reserve Form to place an item on Reserve. Forms must be resubmitted each academic year. Please note, copyright law restricts the types of items and length of time that materials may be on Reserve.

Search current Course Reserves in ValleyCat here

Copyright Guidelines for Reserve Materials

KVCC Libraries Course Reserve Form

Loan periods and policies

Faculty and Staff may borrow up to 100 books and 2 AV items simultaneously as follows:

Books: Loan period is one semester; four semester renewals allowed.

A-V materials: The standard faculty A-V loan is seven days.

Replacement fees are assessed if materials are lost or damaged.


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Contact: Library Circulation Dept. x5673, then press 1

Group Study rooms

Rooms for group study and video/DVD viewing are available in the Texas Township Campus library. Use is on a first-come first-served basis. Groups have preference over single users. Student assistants and tutors may work with students in the group rooms or at library tables. The library is happy to provide a place to store tutor materials and signs.

Library computer classroom

A classroom with 24 students computers, one instructor computer, printer, data projector, VCR, and document camera is located on the lower level of the Texas Township Campus library. The classroom's primary purpose is for library instruction sessions. Instructors may also reserve the room for their own class use, but may be bumped with a minimum of one week's notice if the room is needed for library instruction.


The Arcadia Commons Campus library has one student copier. The Texas Township Campus Library has one staff photocopier and one student copier on the upper level. The staff copier requires an account code (check with your department for the correct code). The student copiers charge $.10 per copy. Cash payment only accepted.


The ACC Library has one scanner. The Texas Township Campus Library has one scanner on the upper level and two scanners on the lower level. Log in with your KVCC user name and password. The cost of printing from the computer and scanner is subtracted from your print account balance.

Finding Information & Materials

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Contact: ACC Reference Dept. x7848 / TTC Reference Dept. x4380

Copyright Information

The library copyright guidelines for faculty: Copyright Policy

Electronic databases

The library subscribes to several online databases that provide access to the full text of thousands of magazine and journal articles, plus citations or abstracts for many more. Go to the library's Articles and Research Databases web page for links and descriptions. Article and book databases are available at any internet connected computer on or off campus. Off campus access will prompt you to log in with your KVCC user name and password.

Reference services

Research help is available to you and your students in person, by phone, email or 24/7 chat. If your students are doing an assignment requiring library use, we appreciate your sending a copy of the assignment to us in advance for our own preparation. We keep assignments on file from year to year.

ValleyCat online catalog

Use ValleyCat to search for print books, e-books, articles, and A-V materials.

Research Guides and Websites

Use Research Guides and Websites to find websites recommended by the librarians, and some in-depth guides for selected subject areas.

Library Contacts

By service and name

Library Instruction

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Contact: ACC Reference Dept. x7867 / TTC Reference Dept. x4380

Library computer classroom

A classroom with 24 students computers, one instructor computer, printer, data projector, VCR, and document camera is located on the lower level of the Texas Township Campus library. The classroom's primary purpose is for library instruction sessions. Instructors may also reserve the room for their own class use, but may be bumped with a minimum of one week's notice if the room is needed for library instruction.

Library instruction/orientation

Reference Services at both campus libraries provides customized library instruction and orientation sessions for you and your classes. Sessions often include a walking tour of the library plus hands-on instruction in using ValleyCat and the library’s electronic magazine/journal databases. Special tour segments can be included, such as a look at reference materials in the class’s subject area, a focus on career materials, and instruction on citation formatting.

To schedule an instruction session for your class, contact Reference Services (ACC x7867 or TTC x4380). Let us know your objectives and we will work with you to provide an appropriate session.

Other Libraries

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You may obtain a one-year guest borrower’s card for Waldo Library at Western Michigan University if you:

  • Live within a 50-mile radius of WMU, and
  • Are at least 18 years of age, and
  • Present a photo identification with an address and proof of Social Security number

Reciprocal borrowing

Do you have a card with one of the local public libraries? You can get cards for other libraries in the area by checking your home library’s site for institutions with reciprocal agreements.

Interlibrary loan

If our library does not have what you need, we may be able to borrow it via interlibrary loan for your use. Please note that loaned books can take as long as 2 weeks to arrive. Articles usually arrive within a few days.

Contact Reference Services to request an interlibrary loan:

Texas Township Library: 488-4380

Arcadia Commons Library: 373-7848

Or fill out the PDF form and send it to
Interlibrary Loan form
Contact Chris Robbins at 488-4331 for the status of a pending interlibrary loan.


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Contact: Nancy Young x4325

Periodicals collection

The library has online and print (hard copy) periodicals. To search for a title see our list of full-text journals, magazines and newspapers on the library’s Articles and Research Databases web page. You may search by Title in ValleyCat for hard copy periodicals owned by our libraries.

Requesting periodicals for purchase

Please contact us if you would like to recommend magazine, journal or newspaper titles for purchase: Nancy Young x4325.

Materials: Gifts And New Items

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Contact: Jackie Zito x4464 (books) / Nancy Young x4325 (periodicals) / Chris Robbins x4331 (A-V)

Donating materials to the library

Donation Policies and Forms

The library accepts donations of books, periodicals, and A-V materials for our collection. Paperback novels for our Grab 'n' Go (no checkout required) paperback collection are also happily accepted.

For book donations, contact: Jackie Zito x4464,

For Audio Visual donations, contact Chris Robbins x4331,

For periodical donations, contact Nancy Young x4325.

New acquisitions

The library adds new and gift materials to the collection throughout the fall and winter semesters. You will be notified by campus mail when books you requested for purchase have been ordered. You will also be notified when items you requested have been cataloged and are available for use.