Library materials are organized into several different COLLECTIONS. When you search the online library catalog, you will see which collection each of your results is in. To find your item in the Library, you will need to know both its collection name (or location) and its call number. Read over the Library Catalog Search Tips for information on how to search the catalog and find the call number and location for materials. Books and audiovisuals are typically organized using the Library of Congress Classification System.
Note: If using the Power Search option in the Library Catalog, you can select a particular collection from the Location drop-down menu.
- Contains historical information related to Pitt Community College. Holdings include college yearbooks, school publications, scrapbooks, and audiovisual materials.
- The archives also contains a collection of digitized photographs located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pccarchives/collections.
- The collection in Room 125 is available for viewing by appointment.
AUDIO BOOKS: 1st floor lobby, next to the elevator
- A browsing collection of books on CD.
BASIC READING: 2nd floor, mixed in with the General Collection and Fiction
- Easy books are those written at a reading comprehension level suitable for adult new readers and adults for whom English is a second language. Both Fiction and Nonfiction easy books are shelved near the periodicals on the last row of shelves in the leisure reading area. Fiction is on the top two shelves and nonfiction titles are shelved underneath. Both Fiction and Nonfiction easy books are identified with a yellow label near the bottom of the spine of the book. The label for this section is "Basic Reading."
BESTSELLERS: 2nd Floor in the northwest corner
- A rotating collection of popular titles from recent bestseller lists. Books in this collection include both fiction (shelved alphabetically by author's last name) and nonfiction titles (shelved by Dewey Decimal Call Number).
CHILDRENS: 1st floor in the Children's Room
- Supports the curriculum for the Early Childhood program. The collection includes books (fiction and nonfiction) in English and other languages suitable for preschoolers. The PCC Library does not acquire items specifically for children other than preschoolers.
CIRCDESK: 1st floor behind the Circulation Desk
- Media items housed in the staff area behind the circulation desk. This collection supports the various academic programs on campus, so circulation of these items is limited to in-house use by students and community members. Faculty may check out the items for use in class.
FICTION: 2nd floor, northwest corner
- Consists of relatively recent popular fiction from all genres, shelved in alphabetical order by author's last name. "Leisure Reading" magazines and newspapers are also in this area.
GENERAL COLLECTION: 2nd floor on shelves numbered 1-20
- Our main book collection. These books focus on a variety subjects or contain works of literature. The books are shelved using the Library of Congress Classification System.
LEGAL REFERENCE: 2nd floor on shelves labeled Legal Reference
- Contains the North Carolina statutes and other legal references most often used by the students in the Paralegal program. Items in this collection may not be checked out or removed from the second floor of the Library.
PCC AUTHORS: 2nd floor, northwest corner
- Consists of works written by current and former members of the PCC community, including faculty members, staff members, students, and alumni.
PERIODICALS: 2nd floor (two locations)
- Includes the print version of local and national newspapers (newspaper rack in the Fiction section), popular magazines (look for the "Leisure Reading" sign in the Fiction section), as well as trade and academic journals (Rm. 209). In the trade and academic journals section, current issues are grouped by subject and are shelved alphabetically by title within each group. A limited number of past issues are kept in storage and may be accessed by asking a librarian at the Reference Desk.
PUBLIC-AV: 1st floor lobby, next to the elevator
- A browsing collection of DVDs and CDs. In contrast to the CIRCDESK collection, these materials may be checked out for one week.
REFERENCE: 2nd floor in Room 209
- Consists of research materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and multivolume items. Reference materials provide quick access to factual information and must be used in the Library. These books are shelved using the Library of Congress Classification System.
RESERVES: 1st floor behind the Circulation Desk
- Consists of materials that are placed in the Library by instructors for use by students in their classes. These materials have varying levels of circulation as determined by the instructor. Most often reserve materials are textbooks and are meant to be used in the Library.