Frequently Asked Questions


As our popular collection continues to shrink due to full-text online access becoming available, the Library does not actually have a supply of issues ready to be discarded at any one time. We also bind some of the popular weekly periodicals, as their visual content is important for research in some courses. Check with the campus mail room for surplus issues that have not been picked up. Also, check with the Tompkins County Public Library Friends group for remainders of magazines they could not sell. Here is their website for the booksale : Contact page
As a general rule, the Library does not collect textbooks for courses offered at the College. This is not because we are trying to make students' financial situations more challenging.  

During a typical academic year, there are approximately 2800 undergraduate and 450 graduate courses taught at IC. Using 3 texts as the average required for each course, this equals approximately 9750 books.  Also, textbooks tend to be frequently updated.

In recent academic years, the Library budget has allowed for the purchase approximately 5,800 new books and ebooks to support the current research needs of all departments and programs on campus.

We  do not have the funds to purchase current textbooks, while at the same time supporting student and faculty research needs.

Faculty sometimes place copies of textbooks or chapters from texts on reserve or ereserve.  If you’re not sure whether your professor has put your course’s textbook on reserve, search the Reserves site to see what is available.

Please note that, as academic libraries generally do not purchase textbooks, they are not available on interlibrary loan.   The IC Library does not fill Interlibrary Loan requests for textbooks in current use at the College.  

The Ithaca College Bookstore provides a rental service and sells textbooks.  Additional rental/purchase sites:
Amazon (also rents textbooks)
BookSpot: Textbooks
Open Access Textbooks
OpenStax College
The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
Argos has a map feature that will display a floor map showing the location of an item. Click the "Locations" tab, then the "MAP" link.

Please fill out the Library Filming and Photography Request Form and return it to the Library Administrative Office on the 3rd floor.
Follow these search steps:   1) enter your keyword/s and search  2) under "Tweak my results"  on the right side of the page, click on "available in the library"

3) Under "Resource Type" click on "Books"  - your search results will now only include books in the library


4) Search tip:  To continue search for books in the physical collection, hover over the Active Filters to lock them.  Your searches will be limited to physical books in the library.  

Articles take anywhere from 1 day to 3 weeks depending on how obscure the item is and how many libraries own the journal title.

Books take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks, for the same reasons.

For an idea of how many libraries own an item, do a search in the Worldcat database and click on the "Libraries world wide that own item" link. You may also ask for assistance from interlibrary loan staff, at the Circulation Desk or the Research Help Desk located on the main floor of the Library.


Color printing is available from any library desktop computer; .30 cents per single side, or .56 cents for double-sided. Select File -> Print -. librarycolor.

The Library has a color printer / copier, located on the main floor of the Library. It prints PDF, JPG, and TIFF files - the charge is 30 cents per copy. If you need to print a Word or Powerpoint file, convert it to PDF first. 

The Center for Print Production, located in the Public Safety/General Services Building (open M-F 8am-4 pm) provides large format printing and laminating. Jobs may be submitted through WebCRD, and picked up at the Library during open hours.

Please see the Dining Services site for the most current hours of the Library Café and other campus dining facilities.
"Argos" is the name of IC Library's discovery tool. It's been around for a while now, first as the "Beta search" in Fall 2015 and then as the unnamed main search box on our home page in Spring 2016. We decided that we should really call it something, so we dubbed it "Argos," after the beloved dog of Ulysses.

Argos searches the IC Library catalog as well as many of our article databases, making it an effective first stop for searching in many subject areas. Tips for searching Argos are available here.
Here is a list of software, available on the Library's public computers.
At the present time, 30% recycled paper is the standard paper used on campus.  General Services has had some experience with 100% recycled paper - they found that the increased amount of paper dust led to a high number of service calls and increased downtime for the printing/copying machines while they were being serviced.   General Services continues to work with the supplier and expects to migrate to 50% recycled paper in the near future.   As production technology improves, we expect that the issues with 100% recycled paper will be resolved and it will eventually become the College's standard paper.

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