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About the Library

About Our Collections

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

Purchase Request

If there are items that you would like to suggest the Library purchase for its collection, let us know by using the form below. Each purchase request will be considered individually and a final decision will be based on several factors (budget, collection development policies, etc.).

Anatomy Models

3-D anatomy models are available for check out at the Circulation Desk. 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
  • brain
  • cardiopulmonary system, heart, and respiratory organs
  • digestive system
  • ear
  • eye
  • female pelvis bone
  • female pelvis organs
  • head (half)
  • heart
  • kidney
  • kidney section, nephrons, blood vessels, and renal corpuscle
  • leg muscles
  • lung
  • male pelvis organs
  • musculature model
  • nervous system
  • neuron cell body
  • pig
  • skeleton (whole and half; disarticulated; 35" skeleton)
  • skin / burn pathologies
  • skull
  • spinal cord
  • torso (large and small)

Updated 11/10/2015


The campus archive collection 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. Call 252-493-7350. 


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

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


Subscriptions to proprietary online databases are considered when such databases provide the most current and/or cost-effective resources. Possibilities for new database acquisitions may be set up for trial at any time, but decisions about subscribing are generally made annually in the summer by the reference librarians as a group. These resources may include electronic books; citation, abstracting, and full-text databases covering journals, magazines, newspapers, or reference materials; and databases providing information portals for specific subject areas. 

Database Questions

Contact the library director with inquiries regarding the purchase of a database or to request that a trial be set up. For questions regarding technical or access issues, contact the reference desk at (252) 493-7360.

List of Databases

Off-Campus Access

The username and password to access databases from off campus are similar to what you use to access the PCC portal (myPittCC) and Moodle. The only difference is that you DO NOT include the last part of your email address ( in the username. Generic logins are available to community residents with PCC library cards, and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses.

Equipment for Checkout

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.


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

General Collection

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

Legal Reference

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

PCC Authors consists of works written by current and former members of the PCC community, including faculty members, staff members, students, and alumni. These books are integrated into the General Collection and have a blue call-number label.


Includes the print version of popular magazines as well as trade and academic journals. Current issues are grouped by general subject category 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.


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

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

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