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Library Home: FAQ

How do I find a book using the Library’s website?

  1. From the library homepage, use the Books & More tab or go to
  2. Type the title or topic you're looking for into the search box. Use the dropdown menu to select Northern New Mexico College and click Search.
  3. From the left hand side of the screen, limit the results to Print Books.
  4. Look through the list of titles and click on the “Availability” link to find the section and call number of the book.
  5. For example, Espanola General Collection Stacks HV9471 .J317 2005
  6. Status indicates if an item is available of checked out. 
  7. Make note of the call number and section. What you do next depends on the section. Ask for assistance finding a section at the Circulation Desk. Or, review our sections below.
  8. Every book in the library has a unique call number. Think of the call number as the address of the book, in that it tells us where exactly on the shelves we can expect to find the book.
  9. If you can't find the book in our library, you can click the "LIBROS Consortium" option at the top of the page to see if another New Mexico library has it. If they do, you can try requesting the book via Interlibrary Loan.


General Collection Stacks: the main circulating collection of the library. On the east side of the library, call numbers A–E 98 are on the upper level. On the west side of the library call numbers E 98 - HV 9468 are on the upper level and call numbers HV 9469-Z are on the lower level.

Reserve, 3 Day Loan, and DVDs & CDs: materials kept behind the Circulation Desk on the lower floor.

Reference and Journals: lower level of the library on the west side of the building. Not circulating (can't borrow outside of the library).

Youth Literature: lower level of the library on the west side of the building.

Madrid Collection: east, upper level of the library.

Special Collections: lower level of the library near the west entrance. Not circulating.


How do I find a book in the Library’s collection?

Each book in the library has a unique Library of Congress call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. Call numbers appear on the spines of books and in the library's catalog.

Example: QA 154.2 .E998 2005

  • Books are arranged alphabetically. The first letter of a Library of Congress call number indicates the general class the call number falls within. (QA from our example)
  • Numbers follow the letters. The numbers define the subject of the book. Treat the numbers as whole numbers. (154.2 from our example)
  • The Cutter Number is an alphanumeric code usually made up of the first letter of the author’s last name and a decimal number to keep the authors in order. Sort alphabetically and then by number. (.E998 from our example)
  • The Final Number is the year of publication. However, the most accurate way of determining the edition date is to consult the information given in the preliminary pages of a particular volume. (2005 from our example).

To find a book in the library, look for the Section of the library you should be in. Then, sort the call number by letters, numbers, and alphanumeric code.


How do I log on the student computers?

All campus computers designated for students have the same login:
Username: Eagle Email Address
Password: Last five digits of Eagle ID



How much does it cost for copies?

  • All student library computers are set to print to a Canon printer located behind the main service desk. Printing is available for 10 cents/page for black ink print and 25 cents/page for color ink. The printer is set to print double-sided by default.
  • A library staff member can make copies and/or scan documents for you at the main service desk (10 cents/page for black in print and 25 cents/page for color ink). In order to print in color, save your document to a flash drive or email it to a staff member. 
  • There is no charge for scanning.


How do I reserve rooms in the library?

The library has 2 large meeting spaces: the Glass Room & Special Collections room, 2 group study rooms: 130 & 131, and the Computer Lab available for reservation. These rooms are available to current NNMC students, faculty, or staff members for work, study, and collaboration, as well as to conduct college business. These rooms are not intended as a regular meeting space for classes. Consult our Room Reservation Guidelines for more detailed information or reserve a room via our online form


Do you have the textbook/course reserves for my class?

The library does not own every textbook for every class. Sometimes instructors place textbooks on Reserve. See our Reserves page for instructions on looking up your course.


How do I cite sources?

Different academic disciplines use different citation styles. The two most popular citation styles are MLA and APA. Usually your professor will specify which citation style they prefer, but there are some general guidelines for which style is most common in certain fields.

MLA is often used in the Humanities and Literature


APA is often used in Nursing, Psychology, and the Social Sciences

Need in-person help? Visit the NNMC Writing Center.

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