Welcome to the Magnolia Library
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is
committed to providing quality
information service. Our aim is to help
prepare our students to achieve their
personal and professional goals
through higher education.
We are committed to lifelong learning,
and provide our students with the best
in services and facilities. Students,
faculty, staff, and the community at
large are encouraged to take
advantage of what we have to offer.
This tour will give you an overview of
what is available through the LRC in
the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion.
We will begin in the Library, showing
you what you might find on each of our
three floors. Welcome to the LRC, we
hope you enjoy this tour.
The Magnolia Library
Welcome to Baton Rouge Community
College Magnolia Library's Online
The Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion
is home to the Magnolia Library, as
well as the Academic Learning Center,
the Magnolia Performing Arts Theatre
and the intimate Black Box Theatre.
The Circulation Desk
The Circulation Desk is the first thing
you'll see when you enter the library.
This is where you'll go to check out,
return or renew library materials.
Materials may also be renewed in the
My Account tab in the Card Catalog.
There are a few study rooms on the
upper floors of the library that may be
reserved at the Circulation Desk. We
also have laptops and graphing
calculators available for student
checkout, and faculty may consult with
Media Services to find out about other
Checking Out Materials
The amount of time that circulating
materials may be checked out is 3
weeks for books, and 1 week for DVDs
and Videos. All patrons must present a
valid BRCC ID to check out library
DVDs and Videos may be viewed in
the library after checkout. Just ask at
the Circulation Desk!
Reserve & Electronic Reserve Items
Electronic Reserves are found on the
computer desktops at the computer
stations closest to the Circulation Desk.
Electronic Reserves are those items that
can be stored digitally, and may
include study guides, lecture notes, old
Physical reserve items such as
textbooks, lab books, videos, etc., are
located behind the Circulation Desk.
They can be checked out for 3 hours,
and may only be used in the library.
Periodicals & DVD Collection
Moving into the library, you'll see a
number of low shelves. This is our
periodical and DVD collections.
Periodicals include journals and
magazines, as well as newspapers and
other material that comes out
periodically. Our periodicals are for
in-library use only. Current issues are
on the display shelves with the older
volumes located beneath. Some of the
older copies have been bound, and
are up in the stacks on the third floor.
Our DVD collection includes movies and
documentaries that relate to
coursework here at BRCC. While we
have a few popular movies, they are
not something we collect.
Library Computer Lab
At the far side of the library, near the
windows, is the Open Computer Lab.
This area is available for patron use
any time the library is open.
The staff at the service desk can
provide help with the copiers and
printers, as well as online registration
and instruction for using Blackboard, e-
mail and Microsoft Office.
Copying & Printing
On each floor, by the elevators, is a
copy and printing alcove. There is
currently a printer available on the
first and second floors, while all three
floors have a photocopier available.
Copies and printouts cost 10 cents per
page. The copiers take cash or debit
(from your BRCC ID card). The black
box, called the Virtual Transfer System
(VTS), attached to the wall, located just
outside of the first floor alcove, can be
used to add money to your card. The
printer requires the BRCC card for
New students start out with a $10
printer credit on their cards - this credit
is not usable for photocopies!
Photocopies can only be made from
the money added to your card.
Problems with any of the photocopy or
print machines should be directed to
the Computer Services Help Desk on
the first floor.
For Your Safety
If there is a security situation where
personal safety is threatened, don't
hesitate to pick up the nearest RED
phone. These phones will connect you
directly to security.
You will find BRCC's Emergency
Procedures by each red phone. In case
of emergency, you are reminded to use
the stairs and follow the directions of
the building's safety officer.
We provide Emergency Safe Zones for
conditions requiring shelter - just follow
the directions on the yellow emblems.
And please don't use any electronic
communication devices if we have
received a bomb threat.
The Staircase Area
Past the gates, across from Circulation,
is the staircase. There is a collection on
either side of it.
On the left is our new book collection,
consisting of recently acquired books.
You might want to browse, in case
there's something you were hoping
we'd get. On the right, we have
monthly book displays. We've had
collections highlighting books featured
by the Big Read, as well as displays
for National Poetry Month and African-
American History Month.
To proceed to the second floor, you
may either take the staircase in front
of you or the elevators located to the
right of the Circulation Desk.
The second floor of the Magnolia
Library is home to the Reference Desk
and the Reference Collection. The
librarians staffing the desk will be
able to help you get started on your
research and help you find what you
need in our collection. Don't be afraid
to ask; it's their job to help you!
The Reference Collection contains
dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks,
etc. These books have information that
will provide quick answers, and need
to be available for everyone's use, so
they are only available for in-library
The Reference Collection
The Reference Collection is directly
adjacent to the Reference Desk. It
contains materials that provide quick
information on a broad variety of
topics. Shelves immediately behind the
reference desk contain general
encyclopedias like World Book or
Encyclopedia Britannica. The bulk of
the collection is on the stacks behind.
Reference, like the rest of our
collection, uses the Library of Congress
The College and Career Collection
(CCAR) is in the section adjacent to the
far end of the Reference Collection.
This is where you can find a collection
of standardized testing study guides,
college directories, career guides, and
a small collection of law and legal
code books. The computer carrels here
are frequently used for small
bibliographic instruction sessions.
Behind the CCAR section, on the other
side of the glass doors is the Magnolia
Library's Special Collections area.
There are two study rooms on each of
the floors. The ones on the 2nd floor
are located in the Special Collections
Study Rooms are great places to work
on team projects or when you need
some uninterrupted study. You may
reserve any of the study rooms by
using the sign-up sheet attached to the
door, or at the Circulation Desk on the
Special Collections - Archives
A big part of our special collections
space is devoted to our Archives. Our
current archival collection is small, but
we are proud to have in our possession
the Carville V. Earle Collection.
Dr. Earle was a former chair of LSU's
Department of Geography and
Anthropology. His donation of over
2100 books, journals, maps and
manuscripts stem from his belief in and
his desire to help build the community
Special Collections – Media Room
The Media Room occasionally hosts
classes for viewing films, and is home
to a variety of media equipment. Some
of this equipment may be reserved for
checkout. Laptops and graphing
calculators are available for 24 hour
checkout. Since we have a limited
number, circulation is on a first-come,
Office of the Dean &
The Administrative Offices are
centrally located on the second floor,
between the stairs and the elevator,
near the reference desk. In these
offices, you can find the Offices of the
Dean and Assistant Director.
2nd Floor Study Area
The 2nd floor has a significant amount
of study area, adjacent to Reference
and with computer terminals nearby.
After walking through the study area,
you can proceed to the third floor by
the stairs located against back wall.
The elevators are located in front of
the reference desk.
3rd Floor Stacks
The 3rd floor houses the main
circulating collections of the library.
This collection is referred to as the
"stacks." Most materials available for
checkout are shelved here. They are
shelved according to the Library of
Congress Classification System, and
may be looked up in our card catalog.
The third floor is also home to
additional study rooms, the Magnolia
Library conference room, the Teaching
& Learning collection, and the Freedom
Shrine - a collection of reproductions of
important documents from United
3rd Floor Study Area
The 3rd floor is a great place to study.
It's a quiet place to complete your
research - with either our circulating or
Thank You For Visiting the
Thank you for taking the Magnolia
Library Virtual Tour. We hope this tour
has helped to familiarize you with the
library and the library services we
offer. If you would like more
information about the Magnolia
Library, our collection, or the services
we offer, visit us at the Reference Desk,
or visit our web page. You can always
ask us and we'll get back to you as
soon as we can. If you need fast
answers, call us at the Reference Desk
and for help with any question: 225-