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Library Services

Research Appointments

We are here to guide you using all the resources available to you through SVC's library and the Internet. We don't expect you to be expert researchers the first time you sit down and start a paper. We don't even expect seniors to know everything! 

During a research appointment, we can...

  • Help you get started.
  • Point you to resources that will help you understand a topic.
  • Help you expand or narrow your research.
  • Offer general research guidance.

Contact a librarian to get started!

Off-Campus Database Access

eResources are accessible off-campus for current SVC students, faculty, and staff.

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to your SVC login (the same one you use for email or computer login).

Textbooks and Course Reserves

The SVC library holds many course required textbooks. Rules for textbook use are:

  • Textbooks can be checked out for 2 hours.
  • There is no limit to how many textbooks a student may checkout at one time.
  • Textbooks MUST remain in the library so all students have access.
  • Textbooks cannot be taken out overnight.
  • Photocopies or scans may be made from textbooks.

See a complete list of available textbooks here.

Course reserves are materials that supplement course textbooks which professors ask the library to reserve (hold aside) specifically for their class.  The same rules for textbook use apply to course reserve material.

Interlibrary Loan

If we don't own a copy of a library item your student requests, we use a lending service called Interlibrary loan which allows us to borrow from other libraries. See our Interlibrary Loan page for more information.

Interlibrary loan resources include:

  • All academic and public libraries in the state of Vermont
  • Many libraries throughout the United States

We (also) offer lending on a walk-in basis to the following libraries:

  • Williams College libraries
  • Bennington College library
  • Bennington Free library

Printing and Copying

The library has one printer located in the stacks room. It prints black-and-white and color.  The printer also makes photocopies (same charge as printing) and scans to USB or email (free). Student IDs are needed to log into printers.

Printing Costs:

Size Color Price (per sheet) B/W Price (per sheet)
Letter (8.5"x11") $0.10 $0.03
Legal (8.5"x14") $0.12 $0.04
11"x17" $0.20 $0.06

Double-sided printing subtracts $0.01 per sheet.


The library has 14 PCs and 2 iMacs available for use. The library also has wireless Internet access. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops. 

Other campus labs:

  • Lower Campus Computer Lab (21 PCs)
  • Hunter Computer Lab (4 PCs)

If you have trouble logging onto campus computers or printers, contact the IT department 
located in the Mansion basement. You can also contact them through the SVC IT webpage. 

Tutoring and Writing Services

Tutoring and writing services are available through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

For more information please contact Learning Specialist and Tutor Coordinator Catherine Burns, or stop by her office in the library.

Study Rooms

There are 3 study rooms within the library that are available to students for group or silent study. 

Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; they cannot be reserved.

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