College Libraries

The mission of the College of the Desert Libraries is to provide informational support to students, faculty, staff, and community associates of the College of the Desert and to promote student success by providing instructional support to all students.

The COD Libraries recognize and appreciate the diverse community that we serve, and we strive to assist our users in achieving all of their academic, career-oriented, and personal goals.

The Palm Desert & Indio Libraries provide access to:

  • Computer workstations in labs and/or open areas, 56 hours per week
  • Professional, experienced librarians providing instruction on how to find and use information
  • Online Chat/Reference, 24/7
  • Course textbooks on reserve for all COD courses
  • 5,000+ full-text magazines, journals, and newspapers online
  • 26,000+ full-text electronic books online
  • A large print collection
  • Access to more than 2 million items through shared resources held by the Palm Desert Public Library, the Riverside Country Library System, and all Inland Library Network libraries

Library and Research Instruction

The Libraries are very active in providing students with the tools they need to succeed in their college courses. The staff offers library and research instruction to students in several ways:

Individually – Students are encouraged to ask for instructional assistance at the Library Services Desk. Professional librarians are on duty at all times to provide a full range of assistance in using the Library for assignments and interests.

In Groups – Every semester, the professional librarians provide many course-related instruction sessions to students in a variety of courses, from Art to Zoology. Each of these sessions last from one to two hours and are geared toward the specific areas of study as requested by the course instructors.

The College Libraries invite all students, faculty, and others in the community to drop by the library to check out all the services, equipment, and other resources available online and in person.

For more information, please call (760) 776-2563.

Library Fines

Contact the Circulation Desk at (760) 346-6552.

Overdue Course Reserve Textbooks will be assessed with fines. Inquire at the Library Reference/Information Desk.

Unpaid Library fines will result in a hold on student records and transcripts. Overdue circulating items will be fined $0.25 per day per item. The fee for a lost or severely damaged book is the current market value for the book as determined by the Technical Services Department, plus a $25.00 processing fee.

To avoid late fees, most items can be renewed by phone or online. Call the Circulation Desk or the Reference/Information Desk if you have questions.