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Library Student Assistants - Reference Desk: Know Your Library

Borrowing from Delta College Library

Students or staff members may check out up to 10 items only at any one time.

Loan Periods:

  • Books .................................... 21 Days
  • Government Documents ....... 21 Days
  • Media .................................... 21 Days
  • Reserve Materials ................. Checkout time varies
  • Reference Materials .............. Do not circulate
  • Periodicals ............................. Do not circulate


If library materials are not returned on time the following fines will be charged:

  • Unreturned Materials ............. Full replacement & processing cost
  • Damaged Materials ............... Full replacement & processing cost 


Items with a 21-day checkout period may be renewed one time if it is not overdue and not requested by another patron.  If a request has been placed, the item must be returned at the end of the loan period.  Due to high demand, reserve materials may not be renewed.

Interlibrary Loan 

Request to borrow material from other libraries. It's Free! Interlibrary Loan is available when the Delta College Library collection does not offer the material you need. You can request books, articles, or other materials. All materials must be picked up and returned to the Delta College Library. 

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Space in the Delta Library

Quiet Study Space: A135 is designated as the silent zone when it is not being used for class instruction. Study areas in the library "stack" area are designated the yellow zone (whisper volume) and are generally the quietest areas for study. 

Group Study Space: There are 3 group study spaces in the back of the library It is reserved for groups of 3 or more. The rooms are currently on a first-come first-served basis and are locked. Notify a librarian to unlock the rooms when requested.

Pop Up Classroom: The area outside of A-125 is designated the pop-up classroom. It can be reserved by faculty for use with classes. When the space is not reserved it can be used as an open study area.

Library Instruction Room: Room A135 is the Library Instruction room. It is available for instructors to schedule library orientations and instructions for their classes. Online forms are available for Faculty to request instruction. When the room is not in use for library instruction it is available for silent study. 


Downtown Saginaw Center: The Learning Commons includes open space for studying, 6 PC computer terminals and a connected printer and 2 group study rooms. A Librarian is available Tuesdays from 8:00am-1:00pm. Students can request books from the Library collections be delivered to the Downtown Saginaw Center by placing a hold for an item and selecting Saginaw as the location. 

Downtown Bay City Center (Planetarium): An open computer lab with 20 computers is available at the Downtown Bay City Center. One kiosk computer is always available for quick printing. 

Downtown Midland Center: The Learning Commons includes open space for studying, 4 PC computer terminals and a connected printer. A Librarian is available Wednesdays from 8:00am-1:00pm. Students can request books from the Library collections be delivered to the Downtown Midland Center by placing a hold for an item and selecting Midland as the location. 


Research Databases: The Library subscribes to over 100 electronic databases providing access to hundreds of thousands of magazine and journal articles, ebooks, reference and primary sources and other material that may not be freely available on the internet. Visit the A-Z list of Databases for a complete list of available databases. 

eBooks: The Library provides access to over 200,000 eBooks covering a variety of subjects. See the list of eBook databases available at this link through the A-Z database list or filter the A-Z list to eBooks when visiting the page.

Course Reserves : Faculty can put material such as textbooks, articles, media and equipment on reserve for students to borrow, usually for 4-hour periods or semester long checkouts. Reserve material can be checked out from the front/circulation desk with a student ID. 

Books and other printed material: The library houses over 50,000 print books. Most books are available for 21-day checkout with your student ID. Books can be searched using our online book catalog. You can renew books, place holds and request books from other Valley Library Consortium libraries using the online book catalog.

Collection Name Collection Description
Circulating Collection Primarily books that support the curriculum of Delta College.
Reference Collection General and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and other works that give an overview of a topic. The DSM-5 is in this collection. This collection does not check out but can be used in the library.
Children's Literature A collection of children's fiction and non-fiction picture books as well as young adult literature.
Oversize Collection Books that are over 28cm in height are housed in the Oversize collection. Many art and photography books are in this collection.
Graphic Novels Popular, critically acclaimed collection of graphic novels. 
Good Reads Popular fiction and non-fiction paperbacks.
Delta Authors Delta has many faculty authors! This collection is housed in the area near the reference desk.
Periodicals Print Magazines and Journals. Periodicals do not check out but you can view them in the library. Photocopies, scans or photos can be made of articles.
Government Documents Delta College is a Federal Depository Library and houses documents published by the Federal government. Visit the Government Documents website for more information about the collection. 
Delta College Archives The archives collect the history of Delta College. The collections are available by appointment. Visit the Delta College Archives website for more information