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Covid Closure Update: The Library is physically closed. However, the following online Library services and Curbside Pick-up / Returns (Chromebooks, calculators, circulating books) are available during the semester:

  • Online Reference via  chat/email with a librarian. See below for Online Only Library Service Hours.
  • Walk Up Return Dates (no appointment needed) for Chromebooks, Calculators and Physics Kits on Tuesday, June 1st 10:00am-1:00pm, Wednesday, June 2nd 1:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday, June 3rd 10:00am-1:00pm, and Friday, June 4th 1:00pm-4:00pm. Return books in the book drop located on the exterior of the Library building to the left of the front doors. Any fines for overdue books will be waived on return. Chromebooks and calculators should not be returned in the book drop and instead must be returned on walk up return dates or making a Curbside Pickup/Return appointment.
  • Curbside Pick-up – During the campus closure, Chromebooks, calculators and books from the circulating collection are available through the COA Library Curbside Pickup/Returns service (limited hours and by appointment only). Textbooks are not available through curbside.
  • Free 24/7 ebooks and articles accessible through the Library databases
  • Online Zoom Library instruction sessions can be scheduled by faculty using the Library Instruction Request Form 
  • Online Library Courses – the Library offers several credit bearing courses that teach information competency skills. 

To contact the Library during the closure (also see Online Library Service Hours below):

  • For Reference help, use the online chat/email.
  • For Circulation/Renewals/Returns help, email or call (510) 748-2120

Library online servicing hours

The Library is currently physically closed but online Library services are available during the ONLINE ONLY Library Services Hours listed below.  Curbside Pick-up/Returns are also available (limited hours and by appointment only).

ONLINE ONLY Library Service Hours for Spring Intersession:

(Jun. 1, 2021 – Jun. 11, 2021):

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

ONLINE ONLY Library Service Hours for Summer:

(Jun. 14, 2021 – Jul. 22, 2021):

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Holiday Closures:

  • Monday, Jul. 5th (Fourth of July Holiday)