Justin Diaz/Staff Photographer
By JUSTIN DIAZ
Students do not seem to use the most powerful tool on campus to their fullest extent. That tool is the library, which can be used by anyone. You would be fascinated by the things you didn’t know you could do there. There are so many different tools that can be used at the library that students ignore because they didn’t even know they existed.
The Cumberland County College library is a nice, quiet place for doing homework, studying, reading, and learning. Many students are not aware of what they can discover besides books.
Other than books, you can borrow CDs and DVDs. Newspapers and magazines can be copied and scanned. Computers with free Internet access and programs like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are available at all times with assistance from any librarian, if needed.
This could be the perfect place to finish a term paper. There is even a printer and scanner available. Many students do not come in because they are not fully aware of what the library has to offer.
All of the librarians are ready to help at any time with just about any question you could have about the library. From looking for a book or DVD to needing help with the equipment, they are always there to assist students. Our library offers free access to over 25 libraries in the LOGIN system. So if you cannot find a certain book you need, they can order it and have it sent straight to them for pick up. They will also take any suggestions for any materials that they do not already have.
Most students these days leave campus right after their classes to do homework at home instead of heading to the library. Some students have not even been into the school’s library to see what it has to offer. They might think that having to be quiet for other students or the space might be too small. But studying from home might not be the best solution either.
Spending your time at the library for your educational purposes keeps you away from distractions you may face when in the comfort of your own bedroom. Studying in the school’s library has more tools available than you might have at home. You could reserve study rooms for you and your group to study in peace and quiet. Having friends and fellow students around to help you and encourage you is what some students need.
The library is not just open to students, but to the public as well, with some restrictions on borrowing supplies. Many people do not realize that they can come in and use Cumberland County College’s library just like any other library. They highly encourage you to take part in an online satisfaction survey. “We appreciate frequent feedback from our students and colleagues; it’s always rewarding to hear when we’ve helped or succeeded. But just as importantly, we need to know if there’s anything we’re not getting right at the library because it’s the only way we can grow into an institution that can better serve our community,” said Mandy Blasberg. The library is there for a reason. It is there to help you by giving you a place to focus on schoolwork and complete it with little distractions. There are tools there that can be used whenever you need them.
Using the library can benefit new students and returning students alike. It will always be there for students so please consider visiting Cumberland County College’s library and utilizing its resources.
During a regular semester schedule the library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00pm Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays are closed During a semester break Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays are closed.