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About the Library

Books in the Main Collection in the library on the Napier Avenue Campus are located on the tall shelves on the south side of the library. Books from the Main Collection can be checked out. Reference books are located on the low shelves in the center of the library. Reference books are to be only used in the library. A Career Collection is also located in the center of the library. There is an oversize collection of books located near the current magazines (periodicals).

Books in the library are shelved according to the Dewey Classification System:

Mr. Hessel was the library's first Dean and director. When Mr. Hessel started working at the Benton Harbor Community College and Technical Institute Library in 1957, it held only 3,000 books with no card catalog or periodicals. Since then, the library has grown to over 70,000 books, moved into new facilities, and has become a library of distinction.
000-099 Computer Science, Information, General Works
100-199 Philosophy, Parapsychology and Occultism, Psychology
200-299 Religion
300-399 Social Science
400-499 Language
500-599 Natural Sciences and Mathematics
600-699 Technology
700-799 The Arts
800-899 Literature (Belles-lettres) and Rhetoric
900-999 History, Geography.

The William Hessel Library also provides eBooks (electronic books)  on EBSCOhost, a database with over 24,000 electronic books.

Magazines and journals

When visiting the William Hessel Library on the Napier Avenue Campus, you will find the library's current periodicals located in the north side of the library on the yellow shelves. Back issues of magazines, prior to 1987, unless art or pictorial, are bound and shelved in the upper level of the library. 

The library also subscribes to electronic magazine databases that contain full-text articles. For a selected listing of periodical databases, select Magazines, Journals, Newspaper, and Reports. Refer to Databases A-Z, for a complete listing of all available databases.

CDs and DVDs
While some music CDs remain in the cabinet in the west end of the library, many have been moved to a display unit next to the Circulation Desk. CDs may be checked out for 14 days. Videos and DVDs not on reserve can also be checked out for seven days. Many popular movie DVDs are stored on shelves next to the Circulation Desk. Videos, DVDs, and music CDs are searchable in the Online Catalog. Some video/DVDs are kept in a closed area. Library staff will retrieve the requested material for staff or students.

Internet Computer Stations
There are over 80 computer stations for students to use. An open computer lab with thirty-five computers is located in the Northeast corner of the library.  Four of the computers are Macs.

An instruction/open lab with 25 computers (room L105) is also available when not being reserved by a librarian or instructor for a class.

Six computers located in the center of the library can be used by the community.

Please view Lake Michigan College's Acceptable Use for Technology Resources Policy.

Printing Stations
Three printing stations for photocopying and Internet printing are located in the library. Users can release their prints by swiping their College ID card. Community users may purchase a print card in the cashier’s office in the Student Services Center.

The William Hessel Library on the Napier Avenue Campus has a color copier. Color copies are 75 cents per page. Black and white copies are available for ten cents per copy.

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