College Libraries

The mission of the College of the Desert Libraries is to contribute to institutional outcomes by developing library collections that support faculty and curriculum, and instructional programming that will give students a transferable information literacy skill set that will prepare them for a changing workplace.

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, Palm Springs & Indio Libraries provide access to:

  • Computer workstations in labs and/or open areas
  • Professional, experienced librarians providing f2f instruction on how to find and use information
  • Online Chat/Reference, 24/7
  • Course textbooks on reserve for most COD courses
  • full-text magazines, journals, and newspapers online
  • full-text electronic books online
  • A large print collection at the Palm Desert location

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 Information 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 all areas. 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, community members and visitors to visit the library and discover all the services, equipment, and other resources available online and in person.

For more information, please call (760) 773-2563.

Library Fines

Fines will be charged for overdue materials, and fees will be charged for lost or severely damaged materials.  The fee for lost or severely damaged material is the current market value for the item as determined by the Technical Services Department, plus a $25.00 processing fee.

To avoid overdue fines, most materials may be renewed by phone or online, please call for assistance.

Unpaid Library fines/fees will result in a hold on student records and transcripts.

Contact the Library Information Desk at (760) 773-2563.