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Distance Education Services

Ask A Librarian

Feel free to contact a librarian by
phone: 607-962-9251
or schedule an appointment.

Who is a Distance Learner?

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This guide exists to help SUNY CCC students gain access to the same library materials they have access to on campus from home.  If you are not on campus or are taking classes online, you ARE a distance learner!

Tips for Remote Learning Success

Being a remote student requires you to stay organized with your assignments and priorities, manage your time, stay in contact with your professors and classmates, and take time and space to reflect on and adjust your study habits and daily schedule.

Here are some suggestions to help you keep on track.

  • Check in daily in the places your professors have set up for communication. (For example, Blackboard, email, etc.)
  • Be respectful of the hours and structure your instructor has set up for communication and questions.
  • Learning online is new to all of us. Be patient and supportive.
  • Keep discussions focused on course content. Review and edit any written contributions. Be clear. Be concise.
  • When referencing or quoting another source, attribute the source, including a peer's comment.
  • During any face-to-face video discussions, silence and put away your mobile device so you are not distracted. Put your microphone on mute if there is noise in the background.
  • Engage in discussions or group work respectfully and thoughtfully, recognizing that people have differing opinions or ways of solving problems.
  • Use your resources! In addition to instructors, librarians, tutors, health and counseling staff are here to help you. Let us know if you have questions!

Adapted from "Keep Learning" by Rachel Beane, Katie Byrnes, Julia Duvall, Tina Finneran, Juli Haugen, Steve Pappacio, and Lisa Peterson at the Baldwin Center for Teaching and Learning of Bowdoin College.

Distance Education Services at the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library

The Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library supports distance learners with access to electronic databases and eBook collections, video tutorials, and other services.  Librarians can assist with access and research questions via phone, email, or video chat.

The Library building is open.  Find the library's current hours here.

Meet with a librarian (virtually)

Students can meet with a librarian through Google Meet, Google Hangouts, or Zoom.  Email to set up a time to videochat with a librarian for research help and other library questions.

Faculty can request virtual information literacy sessions for their classes.  Topics may include finding and using library resources, determining the usefulness or reliability of sources, developing a research question, and other topics related to searching for and analyzing information.

You can also contact the library by phone at 607-962-9251 or by email.

Textbooks and Course Reserves

If you need chapters or materials from other textbooks and course materials, let us know!  We may be able to help you find publishers and other sites where you can read or request the materials you need.

Please contact for this service and provide the Course Number, Textbook title, pages or chapters needed, and ISBN if available.

Scientific and graphing calculators

To replace the functions of a graphing calculator, we recommend the following resources:

Math and other tutoring help is currently available through video chat!  Contact or find out more about math tutoring on the MyCCC tutoring website.

InterLibrary Loan services (ILL)

Remote students, faculty, and staff can request articles from other schools through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). Articles will typically be sent as a PDF to your ILL account.  Please contact the library staff for additional information.

Loan periods and renewals

Please contact us if you need a new due date for library items.

You can also renew items online from your MyCCC account by visiting the library homepage.  Select the Check Library Account link under the SuperSearch bar to view due dates and renew materials.

Off-campus databases

Members of the SUNY CCC community have access to databases whether they are on or off-campus.  Make sure you are logged into your MyCCC account to ensure you see all materials available to SuperSearch or our databases.

Video Tutorials

Check out the Library Video Tutorials