The SRJC Libraries provide a collection of approximately 165,000 printed books, visual media, and music CDs that support instruction and learning at SRJC.
In addition to the book and media collection, the libraries offer access to nearly 210,000 electronic books on a wide variety of topics. Some of these are reference books that may be searched via the online databases.
The SRJC Libraries offer a collection of approximately 70 current magazine, journal, and newspaper subscriptions in paper format. These periodicals are listed by title in the catalog. In addition to the paper periodicals, the periodicals collection is greatly enhanced by a rich collection of online databases, bringing the total collection of periodicals to over 9,300 magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. In Doyle Library, the paper periodicals are located on the 2nd floor.
The SRJC Libraries offer a complete periodicals list online. This list tells which periodicals are in any of the collections, and whether they are found in paper or microform format or in one of the online databases. Consult the periodicals list also to find out which databases contain a specific periodical title you need or to see a list of periodicals available in a particular subject area.
The SRJC Libraries offer students, faculty, and staff free access to approximately 45 online databases that contain millions of articles from magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, statistical sources, and sets of standard reference books that specialize in the subject areas of art, literature, science, and more. Use the databases also to identify articles on a particular topic in many of the printed magazines and newspapers subscribed to by the SRJC Libraries. SRJC students and staff may use the databases from on campus or off. Off-campus use requires a User Name and PIN.
A collection of music CDs, both classical and popular, is available at Doyle and Mahoney Libraries. At Mahoney Library, CDs may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk. At Doyle Library, the CD collection is located on the 3rd floor in the music section of the book shelves (ML is the call number range). CDs are listed in the catalog. Use the catalog's "Search Limits" feature to limit your search to the "medium:" "Sound Recording," then enter your search terms.
Materials that an instructor wants an entire class to read are put on "course reserve" in the Libraries. These include articles, pamphlets, sample tests, and papers from previous classes, instructors' copies of some SRJC textbooks, and more. Reserve materials are usually limited to use in the Libraries only so that all students in the class get a chance to use them. At Doyle Library, Course Reserves are on the 4th floor. At Mahoney Library, Course Reserves are on the 1st floor at the Circulation Desk.
Leisure Reading Collection
While most books in the SRJC Libraries are selected to support the SRJC curriculum, the libraries have a small collection of books for recreational or leisure reading. Leisure reading books are listed in the catalog, but are not given a call number unless they later become added to the regular book collections. In the Doyle Library, they are shelved in the 2nd floor Research Desk area.
A collection of articles, photographs, notes, college yearbooks, student newspapers, and other documents related to Santa Rosa Junior College and its history is housed in the Doyle Library. A smaller collection of Petaluma Campus-specific materials can be found in the Mahoney Library archives. Ask at the Research Desk of each library for further information.
Copies of Patrin, the SRJC yearbook, are shelved on the second floor of the Doyle Library in the Research Desk area. (Patrin ceased publication after 1969.) Patrin volumes may be used inside the building only. (FALL 2017: These are temporarily relocated. Please ask Circulation Desk to retrieve titles).
The Special Collections room, on the third floor of the Doyle Library, is home to hundreds of old and rare books, dating as far back as the early 1800s. The California Collection, housed there, contains many books on California, Bay Area, and Sonoma County history. Searches in the catalog can be limited to the California Collection if you'd like to see the range of books in the collection. The Special Collections room is locked; to access items located there, take the call numbers for the books you need to the Reserve Desk on the fourth floor. You may use three items at a time. The Special Collections rooms also houses the Jefferson Bookstand.
For access to Special Collections for any course-related research please contact the Reserve Desk on the fourth floor or call (707) 527-4758.
A globe is located outside the third floor reading room in Doyle Library.