We provide access to information and equipment through lending resources, creating course reserves, including textbooks, and taking suggestions for purchase or donation. In collaboration with ITS we offer printing and scanning and spaces to study, research, and collaborate.

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Study, Research, Collaborate

The Academic Commons offers innovative spaces for displaying and creating digital media as well as traditional quiet study spaces that provide escape from distraction.

Entry is currently restricted to those with Oxy IDs coded as participating in College COVID testing. 

Display and Create Digital Media

Brown LabThe Brown Learn Lab, located on the second floor, is a multimodal learning space for classes, workshops, and group study. The room allows projection from a lectern as well as from modular tables with movable chairs, movable white boards, and an interactive smart board. Room reservations are required for classes and workshops and may be made through the Master Calendar. Individual and small groups may use the room without a reservation when the room is not booked. Instructors may request set up of up to 25 PC laptops in their 25Live reservation. Students may borrow laptops from the circulation desk at the Info Center. 

In addition to the Brown Learn Lab, the Library offers several group viewing rooms with digital projection on the first floor (Rooms 129, 130, 132, 133).

oMac LabThe oMac Lab, located on the ground floor, offers instructor projection and white board as well as 16 iMac computers. Reservations for classes and workshops may be made through the Master Calendar. Individuals and small groups may use the lab without reservation when the room is available.

Creative software, such as iMovie and Adobe Photoshop may be accessed in the Critical Making Studio, the oMac Lab on the ground floor and at the Creative Stations on the first floor next to ITS.

Additional desktop computers may be found on the first floor next to ITS and Information Resources Operations, and on the second floor outside the Brown Learn Lab.

Audio Booth - Located within the Critical Making Studio, our audio booth gives you the space to record, create, mix and produce using Logic or Ableton. We even have a turntable set up for vinyl sampling. And if you’re looking for more audio recording possibilities, check out our equipment catalog for a variety of microphones and other audio tools. The Audio Booth has the same hours as the Academic Commons but we ask that you make a reservation and then check out the key and production packet from the front desk before accessing the space.


Collaborate on Projects

Group Study BlackboardStudents have made the second floor reference area into a space for socializing and group project work around large tables where they use their own laptops and the library's white boards to brainstorm and document ideas.

Groups also may use collaboration spaces on the first floor. Use is first-come first-serve, but individuals should please give precedence to groups. (Rooms 101, 102, 104, 120, 121, 122, 123)

Escape from Distractions

Ahmanson Reading RoomWork at tables or in comfortable chairs surrounded by periodicals and print materials in the Jeffers Room and Ahmanson Reading Room in the old wing of the second floor.

Additional quiet study carrels and couches may be found on the first floor in the old wing and on the third floor outside of Special Collections.


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Access Books and Equipment

Borrow Resources Beyond Oxy

When searching for a resource, you can use OneSearch to see if it is available here at Oxy. If we don't have it, you can place a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). The Oxynet username and password (email and MyOxy) serves as the ILLiad ID and password. New users will be prompted to complete account details using Oxynet info. Because we want to make it easy for you to order multiple items without multiple logins, you will need to close your browser to completely log out of your ILLiad account. Link+ and ILL can take up to a week so it is important to plan ahead. If you are unsure of the status of your request, contact Resource Sharing at or x2814.

Suggest a Library Purchase

If you are a student or faculty member and need something for your research, teaching, or study that the Library does not own or subscribe to, let us know. We may help you get it from one of our many borrowing partners, or in many cases  we will buy it for the the collection. To suggest the purchase of a book or audio/video recording, send us an email including as much information as you can about the resource (title, author, publisher, date and if possible, link to the item). To inquire about a digital subscription (e.g. e-journals, datasets, etc.), please contact Kevin Mulroy (

Course Reserves

Faculty may place library materials on reserve by downloading and completing this course reserve request form and sending it to Items are placed on reserve in the order received. Allow 2-3 work days for normal processing. Faculty will be notified when material have been processed.

What can be placed on reserve?

Library-owned or licensed materials and items from faculty personal collections may be placed on reserve. ILL and LINK+ loans may not be put on reserve. Purchase requests for reserve items should be submitted as early as possible as some items may take 3-6 weeks to receive and process. Faculty are responsible for compliance with Copyright and Fair Use at Occidental College. The Fair Use Doctrine (17 USC. § 107) allows professors to make limited reproductions of a copyrighted work. To comply with copyright law please restrict scanning to 10% or one chapter of a book. Entire books or journals may be placed on normal course reserves for limited student check out when no electronic equivalent is available. 

*Starting Spring 2018, Electronic Articles and PDFs may be uploaded directly onto a course's Moodle "Reserves" page by Faculty and their assistants. For Moodle instructions and troubleshooting contact

Students may find course reserve listings for physical items (books, DVDs, special materials, etc.) and electronic items (articles in databases, online content, and scanned documents) in the corresponding Moodle course site.

Textbook Reserve Program

The Library and ASOC are continuing with their collaboration that places on reserve copies of textbooks for several large-enrollment courses. The program aims to ease the cost of textbooks and make them more accessible to students. The limited number of copies, purchased by ASOC Senate, are available to check out at the Info Center. As with all course reserve materials, students must present a valid Oxy ID to use them; because the books are communal copies, the new service asks that students read the books in the building and not mark in them. Each reader will be able to check out a book for two hours. Students can also book them in advance from the library website as they can other Oxy books. 

The textbooks on reserve are for introductory courses in Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Mathematics, Physics, Politics, and Psychology. They are cataloged in OneSearch and are listed on the Moodle site for each course.

The following is a list of books that the Textbook Reserve Program holds. 

  • Principle of Economics- for Economics 101 & 102
  • Exploring Psychology in Modules- for Pyschology 101
  • Marine Biology- for Biology 105
  • Biology Vol. 1- for Biology 130
  • General Chemistry- for Chemistry 120 & 130
  • Organic Chemistry- for Chemistry 220 & 221
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers- for Physics 106, 110 & 120
  • Essential Calculus- for Calculus 108, 110, 114, 120 & 128
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis- for Statistics 146
  • Norton Anthology to English Literature- for English 189, 287, 288 & 310
  • Urban Politics- for Politics 207
  • Using Econometrics
  • The Analysis of Biological Data
  • Statistics, A Tool for Social Research (10th Edition)
  • Research Methods in Practice
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Linear Algebra, A Modern Introduction (4th Edition)
  • Writing about Art (6th Edition)
  • Nexos (Advanced 3rd Edition)
  • Calculus Multivariable (6th Edition)
  • The Complete Musician
  • Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program - for Arabic 101, 102, 201, and 202
  • Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 and 2
  • A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
  • The Everyday Writer
  • Introduction to Chemical Principles - for Chemistry 101

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Print, Copy, and Scan

Multifunction printers that also copy and scan may be found throughout the building. Color printing may be found on the 2nd Floor, Northwest Corner, and on the 1st floor near the elevators. Use of multifunction printers is free for members of the Oxy community (ID required). Go to the ITS website to read more about how to install print drivers and the new paper-saving Release-to-Print functionality.

If a printer malfunctions, please report the problem to the technology help desk at the Info Center or If a printer needs paper or toner, please contact

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