Library Policies

Entrance to the College Library

  • Permitted
    • Those with a valid CCP ID
    • Those with Photo ID AND J number
    • Visitors accompanied by CCP faculty or staff
  • Prohibited
    • Those with no Photo ID
    • Visitors not accompanied by CCP faculty or staff
    • Children (refer to College Policies and Procedures Memorandum No. 156)

Borrowing Materials

All faculty, staff and students may borrow up to eight (8) items with a current, valid Community College of Philadelphia ID card.

The loan period is four (4) weeks. Reserve and reference materials may be used in the Library only. Books may be renewed twice online using your online library account or over the telephone. 

Fines: The CCP Library does not charge overdue fines 

Replacement costs: A new/newish replacement copy or replacement fee for the lost item. Contact Michael Krasulski, Access Services Librarian, for more details.

Students can view their Library records using My Library Account

Alumni may not check-out items, but are welcome to use library resources (excluding databases) for research within the Library.

General Guide to the Main Campus Library


More than 110,000 books, and over 200 serial titles, are available to the College community. Citation databases, full text article citation databases, and electronic journals are also available.

Telephone Numbers

Information/reference: 215-751-8394
Circulation/reserves: 215-751-8383 or 8397
Book ordering: 215-751-8399 or 8401
Periodicals: 215-751-8388
Interlibrary Loan: 215-751-8403
Department Head: 215-751-8397
Instruction: 215-751-6352
Archives: 215-751-8397
Reserves: 215-751-8397

Interlibrary Loan

Books and journal articles not owned by the Library may be requested from other libraries. These Interlibrary Loan requests may take one 1-3 weeks. Textbooks cannot be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Submit requests online via ILLiad.

Intralibrary Loan

Books and journal articles not located at the Main Campus Library may be requested from a Regional Center. These intralibrary loan requests may take 3-5 working days. Submit requests via ILLiad.


All magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers, and materials placed on reserve for a course may be used in the Library only. These materials may be obtained from circulation with a current valid College photo ID.

Limits:   textbooks – 2 books; restrictions on selected titles
periodicals – 4 issues per transaction

Reference Service

Library faculty are available to:

  • Answer reference questions and provide research assistance
  • Assist patrons in the use of print and electronic resources
  • Provide collection development and library instruction

Library instruction

Library faculty offer classes on basic library skills, search strategies, and database searching techniques. Classes may be tailored to a specific course and assignment. Faculty may arrange for these instruction sessions by submitting the online form. Drop-in classes are also available.

Online catalog

The Catalog is an internet-based system. The Catalog includes records for books in the college library collection, as well as course materials placed on reserves. Location, call number (the address of the book) and availability status are indicated for each record. Journal titles are included with information on which issues the Library owns.

Electronic Resources

The Library subscribes to a number of online databases that provide citations to, or the full text of, articles. These are available on campus, or through MyCCP, and include:

  • CQ Researcher – current issues
  • EBSCOhost – Comprehensive, multi-Subject articles and citations
  • Ethnic Newswatch – Articles from multi-Ethnic sources
  • Issues & Controversies – Pros and cons of an issue
  • JSTOR - Archive of back files of full text scholarly journal articles
  • Literature Resource Center – Literature reference database
  • New York Times – Full text from 1995 / New York Times Historical – From 1851 to 2012
  • Opposing Viewpoints – Presents both sides of a current issue
  • Philadelphia Inquirer – Full text from 1983
  • PsycARTICLES – Full text psychology related articles


The Library is equipped with thirty (30) PCs for internet access to email and Internet searching. Microsoft Office is also available on these PCs.

Headphone use is required when watching videos or listening to audio. Headphones are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.


The Library provides printing capabilities to students, staff and faculty, but patrons need to be responsible regarding their print jobs. Printing in the Library is to be limited to class assignments. Those abusing this privilege will be restricted. Patrons may not load their own paper, labels, transparencies or other media in the printers. Printing the entire contents of textbooks is a violation of copyright laws and is prohibited.

Copiers and Scanner


No photocopiers are available at this time.


One scanner is available and use is limited to 15 minutes. Scan can be saved to a USB drive, or sent to email.

Group Study Rooms

The Library is a designated study area. Group study rooms are available for 2-6 people. Conversation must not disturb others. You may register for a study room at the circulation desk.

Eating, Drinking & Distractions

The College is a smoke-free environment.

  • Permitted
    • Drinking containers with lids
    • Limited cell phone use (short, quiet conversations), except in the designated "Quiet Areas"
  • Prohibited
    • Eating