Welcome Distant Learning students and Online students! All library services at Cosumnes River College are available to the distance education and online community. Our goal is to ensure that all students -- whether on campus or off campus -- have access to Library resources that will assist them in completing their class assigments and other research information needs.
Check out the Distance Education Resource Guide to get more information on the research process and the library tools that are available to you online 24/7. Below is a list of Library services available to Distance and Online students.
Library Catalog: Finding Books, Videos, Music, etc.
CRC Library cooperates with her sister colleges (ARC, FLC, SCC, EDC) in the Los Rios Community College District to share each other's library materials to benefit our students. Search in our Library catalog to find over 260,000 books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and print magazine subscriptions for your research needs.
To borrow items from the library catalog, request the item to be sent to the Los Rios college (CRC, ARC, FLC, SCC, EDC) nearest to where you live. After you have received notification that the item has arrived at the college of your choice, come to the college library and borrow the item with your Student Access card. If you do not have a Student Access card, you may obtain one at CRC campus in the Admissions office.
If you cannot visit a campus library, don’t worry! The CRC library also provides access to thousands of electronic books (E-books) that you can easily view from any computer with Internet access. Search for an E-book through our Library Catalog or through the Research Databases. To access these E-books, login with your student ID and Los Rios password when prompted. This is the same login and password which are used to access eServices, Desire2Learn, and other Los Rios systems. If you experience problems logging into the Research Databases, a number of password maintenance tasks may be performed using the Los Rios Password Security Management System. If you need further assistance, contact the CRC Library.
CRC Library provides a rich online collection of over 40 databases of research materials. These databases contain electronic versions of research reports, journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, books, and dictionary and encyclopedia entries.
To access these research databases, simply follow "Research Databases" link located above and login with your student ID and Los Rios password when prompted. This is the same login and password which are used to access eServices, Desire2Learn, and other Los Rios systems. If you experience problems logging into the Research Databases, a number of password maintenance tasks may be performed using the Los Rios Password Security Management System. If you need further assistance, contact the CRC Library.
Research Help: Speak with a Librarian!
Research help is just a phone call away for our distance learning and online students. Call our reference desk phone at 916.691.7265 during regular library reference desk hours and speak with a librarian about your research needs.
Regular reference desk hours:
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E-Mail a Librarian Service
CRC reference librarians also provide research help to distance learning and online students through e-mail. Questions submitted during the weekday, Monday through Friday, will usually be answered within 1-2 business days. Questions submitted during weekends and holidays might take longer.
NOTE: If you require immediate assistance with a research question, contact a reference librarian directly at (916) 691-7265 during the regular library reference desk hours listed above.
Paper Document Delivery Service
Reference books, such as subject specific encyclopedias, are often the best place to begin your research. However, because of the frequency of their use, reference books cannot be checked out of the library. If you are unable to come to the library to use these information rich materials, you can contact us via phone or e-mail and request to have certain pages copied and mailed to you. CRC librarians can help you find appropriate articles in reference books for your topic.