On July 13, Collin College campuses opened on a limited basis to students enrolled in the second summer session and to others on an appointment basis.
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Library FAQs (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  Are the Libraries open? 

A. The Collin libraries are open for limited hours for 5-Week July (Summer II). Only students enrolled in 5-Week July (Summer II) and 10-Week June (Summer III) classes and Collin faculty and staff will be allowed entry to the libraries. Librarians are available to answer questions and provide instruction on using online library resources for additional hours through our Ask a Librarian service.

Q.  What if I have library items checked out?

A. The due date for all library items checked out before the libraries closed due to COVID-19 has now been set to Wednesday, July 15. All libraries will be open beginning on Monday, July 13, for limited hours. Please return books, DVDs, music CDs, and audio books inside the libraries during our open hours or to our outside dropboxes. Do not return laptops, calculators or maker kits to the outside dropboxes since that could cause them to be damaged. Those specific items must be returned inside the libraries. All items checked out Monday, July 13, or later will be assigned due dates based upon our normal borrowing guidelines. Fines for overdue items checked out before the libraries closed for COVID-19 in March 2020 will begin accruing on Thursday, July 23. Fines for overdue items checked out Monday, July 13 or later will be charged under our normal borrowing guidelines.

Q. I returned my items to the library. Why are they still showing on my account?

A. Collin Libraries are quarantining returned items up to 5 days. Though these items may stay on your account until the quarantine period has finished, you will not accrue fines for the additional days. All return dates are carefully tracked. If you have any questions about your returned items, please Contact Us.

Q. What if I need to do research for my classes?

A. The libraries have extensive online resources available to current credit students, faculty, and staff of Collin College during all hours of the day. These include ebooks, full text journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and videos. Log in to CougarWeb, choose the Library tab. Choose Find Articles in Databases or the other more specific links in the middle column. Students enrolled in 5-Week July (Summer II) and 10-Week June (Summer III) classes and Collin faculty and staff can also check out physical items from the libraries during our in-person hours.

Q. How can I get help?

 A. Librarians are available to answer questions and provide instruction on using library resources in person during certain hours and for additional hours online. You can email and chat with us using our Ask a Librarian service. Faculty and students can also email subject liaison librarians directly for more in-depth consultations to support teaching and learning. For more information on library research, textbooks and free online tools, please also visit COVID-19 - Online Library Services and Collections.

Q. Are there online graphing calculators?

A. Desmos offers an online graphing calculator, mobile apps, and other math tools. Texas Instruments (TI) offers a free 90-day trial to their TI-SmartView Emulator software for the TI-84 Plus Graphing Family. Common Sense recommends these digital graphing tools.

 

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