Laney College

Library Services

Information Desk

(2nd floor library entry)

A librarian is always on duty at this desk to assist students and faculty who need library materials for class assignments.

Handouts on a variety of topics are available at the Information Desk. A few of the topics in the “How to…” series include: outlines, essays, research papers, resumes, literary criticism, and citing print and electronic sources. Other handouts list materials available at Laney Library, including periodical and special topic databases, college directories, and career sources.

Cannot find a book?  Report the missing book online

Loan Desk

(2nd floor library entry)

Your Peralta student ID card is your library card. Student ID cards are issued at the Welcome Center (A-101). (See Library Card above) Most library materials have a loan period of two weeks and can be checked out at the Loan Desk. Most of the library collection that is available for checkout is shelved on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library. In addition, there are New Books, Paperback, New Readers, ESL, Graphic Novels and Children’s Literature collections.


The library provides 15 black/white free printings per day.

Wireless printing is available via

Reserve/Textbook Desk

(2nd floor library entry)


Housed in this area are: reserve materials, textbooks, supplemental class materials, college catalogs, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries and thesauri, resume books, exam books, and guides for writing essays and research papers. Most reserves and textbooks cannot leave the library. They are “Library Use Only”.  A few are loaned for 2 days.  Students who return textbooks late will be fined.


The library now offers Laney students free scanning

Listening & Viewing Center 

(L-101, first floor)

The Listening & Viewing Center provides access to the Library’s collection of videos, DVDs, audiotapes, CD-ROMS, computer disks, and compact disks. The Center also makes computer workstations available to students for word processing and printing.

Acquisition Department 

(L-114, first floor)

Material requests (books, videos, audiotapes, and CD-ROMS) should be submitted to the Acquisition Librarian. Requests may be given to any librarian. The budget dictates what can be ordered. Faculty should come into the library and check the books in their disciplines for content and currency.

For more information or to request a title, send as much publication information as possible (title, author, publisher, date, price, ISBN) to Autumn Sullivan, Library, Room L-114, (510) 464-3498 / You will be contacted when the materials you requested have been processed and are ready for circulation. The time period may vary depending on availability.