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About the Library: Library Collections

This guide outlines the polices and procedures surrounding the Library and its operation.

Library Collections

Library materials are organized into several different collections. When you search the online library catalog, you will see which collection each of your results is in. To find your item in the Library, you will need to know both its collection name (or location) and its call number. Books and audiovisuals are typically organized using the Library of Congress Classification System, unless otherwise noted.

Anatomy Models

3-D anatomy models are available for check out at the service desk on the first floor of the Library. You must present your picture ID and have a current library account to check out models. Models checked out from the Library are not allowed outside of the building.

animal cell
arm muscles
blood cell
blood circulation
cardiopulmonary system, heart, and respiratory organs
digestive system
female pelvis bone
female pelvis organs
head (half)
kidney section, nephrons, blood vessels, and renal corpuscle
leg muscles
male pelvis organs
musculature model
nervous system
neuron cell body
skeleton (whole and half; disarticulated; 35" skeleton)
skin / burn pathologies
spinal cord
torso (large and small)

Updated 11/10/2015


Location: 1st floor, Room 215

The campus archive contains historical information related to Pitt Community College. Holdings include college yearbooks, school publications, scrapbooks, and audiovisual materials. The collection is available for viewing by appointment.

Basic Reading

Location: 2nd floor

Easy books are those written at a reading comprehension level suitable for adult new readers and adults for whom English is a second language. Both Fiction and Nonfiction easy books are shelved near the periodicals on the last row of shelves in the leisure reading area. Fiction is on the top two shelves and nonfiction titles are shelved underneath. Both Fiction and Nonfiction easy books are identified with a yellow label near the bottom of the spine of the book. The label for this section is "Basic Reading."


Location: 2nd Floor

This is a rotating collection of popular titles from recent bestseller lists. Books in this collection include both fiction (shelved alphabetically by author's last name) and nonfiction titles (shelved by Dewey Decimal Call Number).

Children's Resources

Location: 2nd floor

This collection supports the curriculum for the Early Childhood program. The collection includes books (fiction and nonfiction) in English and other languages suitable for preschoolers. The PCC Library does not acquire items specifically for children other than preschoolers.

Circulation Desk

Location: 1st floor behind the Circulation Desk

This collection includes media items housed in the staff area behind the circulation desk. This collection supports the various academic programs on campus, so circulation of these items is limited to in-house use by students and community members. Faculty may check out the items for use in class.

Equipment for Checkout

Location: 1st floor, Circulation Desk

There is a varied collection of computers and electronic equipment available for checkout. This equipment ranges from phone chargers to laptops. Our Equipment Guide is a detailed list of the equipment that is available.


Location: 2nd floor

The fiction collection consists of relatively recent popular fiction from all genres, shelved in alphabetical order by author's last name. Title considered to be literary fiction are shelved in the General Collection.

General Collection

Location: 2nd floor

This is our main book collection. These books focus on a variety subjects or contain works of literature. The books are shelved using the Library of Congress Classification System.

Legal Reference

Location: 2nd floor, Room 224

The Legal Reference collection contains the North Carolina statutes and other legal references most often used by the students in the Paralegal program. Items in this collection may not be checked out or removed from the second floor of the Library.

PCC Authors

Location: 2nd floor

PCC Authors consists of works written by current and former members of the PCC community, including faculty members, staff members, students, and alumni.


Location: 2nd floor

Includes the print version of popular magazines as well as trade and academic journals. In the trade and academic journals section, current issues are grouped by subject and are shelved alphabetically by title within each group. A limited number of past issues are kept in storage and may be accessed by asking a library staff member at any service desk.


Location: 2nd floor

This is a browsing collection of DVDs and CDs. In contrast to the Circulation Desk media collection, these materials may be checked out for one week.


Location: 2nd floor

The Reference Collection consists of research materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and multivolume items. Reference materials provide quick access to factual information and must be used in the Library.

Reserve Desk

Location: 1st floor, Circulation Desk

Reserve materials are placed in the Library by instructors for use by students in their classes. These materials have varying levels of circulation as determined by the instructor. Most often reserve materials are textbooks and are meant to be used in the Library.

Young Adult Resources

Location: 2nd floor

The Young Adult collection consists of books written for audiences between 13 and 19 years of age.  These books were acquired to support the leisure reading needs of the Early College High School. The collection is marked by a bright pink "YA" sticker.