About the Library


Mission Statement

The Butte College Library is committed to providing quality information resources and services that meet the curriculum needs of our students.The Library also assists in fulfilling the diverse information needs of our entire college community and serves as an integral part in developing the skills used in lifelong learning.

The Butte College Library is named after Frederick S. Montgomery, a founding member of the Butte College Board of Trustees. Library services and resources are offered at both Main Campus Library (LB) and Chico Center (CHC 219).

Collections: The library has a collection of approximately 70,000 print books, 600,000 eBooks, and 114,000 print and electronic periodicals, and nearly all of them are searchable in our online catalog. A large reference collection, print magazines, journals, newspapers, and print books for checkout are housed at Main Campus. You can request that a hold be placed to pick up a circulating book at Main Campus or Chico Center. A law collection is also housed at Main Campus Library, but cannot be searched in the catalog. A small reference and reserve collection is housed at Chico Center, along with a faculty-use only video collection. Students and staff have access to 65 article databases with millions of full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles online anytime.

Equipment: The Main Campus library has a total of 323 seats including 132 study carrels, 5 group study rooms, 42 lounge seats, 32 table seats, and 73 computer workstations. Chico Center Library has 8 student computers.  All library computers have Internet access, Microsoft & Open Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access DB. Inspiration software for people with different learning styles is installed on some Main Campus Library computers.

Computers with assistive technology are also available for people living with disabilities at both libraries:

  • JAWS, DragonSpeak Naturally,& Kurzweil
  • No-cost scanners for use only with the Kurzweil program
  • Track ball mouse
  • Headphones with a built-in microphone
  • Book magnifying stations.

Five DVD/VHS viewing stations are available at the Main Campus Library, first floor as well as in Chico Center Library (CHC 219).

Stereo headphones are available for checkout at the Main Campus Library.

The library is a wireless hotspot, so bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone!

Go to the Reference desk at Main or Reserves desk at CHC  if you would like to borrow a scientific calculator to use while in the library. Otherwise, scientific calculators are available for rent by semester in the Math department (TE).

The pay photocopiers, pay scanners, and pay printers are located in the Reference department on the second floor of the Main Campus library and in the Chico Center Library (CHC 219). The copiers and printers print in black & white only. Copying and scanning costs 10ยข per page, and the machines only take cash or coins. Copying is permitted in accordance with copyright law.

Services: Many of our services are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year! The Library catalog is online, and all the article databases are accessible to current students and staff from on or off-campus via the Internet.

Reference assistance is available 24 hours a day through our virtual chat service, as well as by telephone, e-mail, and in person at both locations during our regular hours.

Library instruction can be scheduled for classes at Main Campus, Chico Center, and via live video feed at Glenn Center or during your online class.

Interlibrary loan, test proctoring, and library instruction requests can be placed online or in person.

Learning Resources: Library instruction videos, a research paper guide, and other guides and tip sheets are available online. Many of our other resources for faculty and students are also available online. 

Butte College Courses: In addition to Library Instruction by request and our workshops, Butte College faculty librarians teach two for-credit Library & Information Science courses.

Floor Plans (Main Campus Library)

1st floor: A comfortable reading section with popular fiction, paperbacks, ESL books, graphic novels, children's books, and poetry. Current journals, magazines, newspapers, back issues, and bound periodicals. A sustainability collection. Viewing stations for reserve DVDs & VHS. Faculty librarian offices. Butte College Archives (LB 120).First floor Main Campus Library

2nd Floor: The reference desk and the non-circulating reference book collection. 73 student computers. Circulation and Reserves desks.  Reserve textbooks. Interlibrary Loan (LB 211). Library instruction computer lab / classroom (LB 206). A reading corner with our new book purchases.Second floor Main Campus Library

3rd floor: Absolute quiet study area. 90 study carrels. 5 group study rooms. Main circulating collection. Law collection. Faculty librarian offices.Third floor Main Campus Library