About the Library

Library Hours
Fall 2015

Monday – Thursday    8am- 7pm
Friday    8am – 12pm

The Library will be closed:

Monday 9/7  Labor Day
Wednesday 11/11  Veteran’s Day
Thursday – Friday  11/26 – 11/27  Thanksgiving

* Library Hours are subject to change. Please check the Library Homepage for current Library Hours.

213/763-3950 Circulation Desk

213/763-3958 Reference Desk

Library Homepage URL:
Library Research Databases:
Library Online Catalog URL:

Borrowing privileges are available to faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. If you are a student, your LATTC student ID card is your library card. Faculty and staff may obtain a library card at the Circulation Desk.

Books: The library has over 80,000 volumes covering all areas of knowledge, with special emphasis on curricular support.

Periodicals (newspapers, magazines and journals): The library has print subscriptions to over 300 periodicals. Periodicals are also available full-text online via Library’s electronic Research Databases.

Audiovisual: Instructional Videos and Audiocassettes are available for classroom use, and may be checked out by faculty only.

Non-fiction books are arranged on the shelves by subject in Call number order using the Dewey Decimal classification system. A call number is a book’s address on the library shelf and identifies the subject of the book. For example, R808.027 Gib is the Call number for a literature book in the Reference section which is located in the North Library Building.

Fiction books are arranged alphabetically by the Author’s last name.

Library materials are grouped by subject throughout the Library by call number. Areas of the library where materials can be found include the Circulation Collection, Reference, Reserve, and Instructors’ Reserve.

The Circulation Collection of the library is shelved in the open stacks in the main library collection. Books in the main collection circulate and are available to be checked out.

The Reference Collection is located next to the Reference Desk. The Reference collection offers encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and other subject overview resources. Reference books are for in-library use only. They can not be checked out.

The Reserve Collection is located behind the Circulation Desk.  These materials are generally for two hours, in-library use only. Some reserve books are designated for one week circulation.

The Instructors’ Reserve is located behind the Circulation Desk. These textbook materials are for two hours, in-library use only. There are no circulating copies.

Library collection may be accessed through our online public access catalog (OPAC). From library catalog homepage click on Search Library Catalog to search for books and e-books available at the LATTC Library.

Periodicals: journals, magazines and newspapers are available in paper and electronic formats. Periodical articles can be found using print indexes such as the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature and checking the library’s Periodical Holdings List. Current and past issues of periodicals are located in the South Library. Please request older issues of periodicals from Library staff.

Periodical articles can also be located by searching electronic indexes available in the Research Databases: http://college.lattc.edu/library/databases. Many articles are available full-text electronically.

Intra-library loan is available from other libraries in our college District. Books may be checked out for a 2 week period. Request the Intralibrary loan form from the Reference librarian.

Books and pamphlets: Four weeks
Reserve Items: Two hours, in-library use only
Magazines and Journals: In-library use only
Instructional Videos: Non-circulating
Audiocassettes: Non-circulating
Intralibrary Loan: Two weeks

Fines are charged for materials returned late.

Classroom instructors are encouraged to make appointments to bring in their classes for a library orientation and instruction. Instructors will be asked to fill out a Library Orientation Request form with a librarian in person or over the telephone to tailor the session to your class project. Instructors are requested to please contact the Library Department Chair to schedule the class orientation.

Wireless access is available throughout the Library. Click on the following link for specific wireless log in information: Wireless Access

One hour Library Workshops are available in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Workshop topics include Using Reference Sources to Start a Project, Finding Books and E-books, Finding Articles, Internet Searching,and more. Go to the Library Instruction & Workshops web page for the current Workshop schedule.

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Mission & Vision


The Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College Library is committed to supporting the LATTC College’s Mission and its focus on Academic, Vocational, Occupational, and Career Degrees and Certificate Programs.

The LIBRARY’S MISSION is to provide current and reliable library resources and services using information technology which support the research, teaching and learning needs of the entire college community.  The library strives to offer excellent customer service to all library users, as well as provide an easily accessible, user-friendly, and safe environment that fosters teaching and learning for both library users and library employees.

To fulfill this mission, the library is committed to:

  • Serving the college community by evaluating, collecting, organizing, preserving, and providing access to vital resources of information in various formats, both print and electronic.
  • Providing library services that meet the educational needs of our students and faculty, in direct support of the curriculum.
  • Encouraging and facilitating information competency, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and intellectual development.
  • Promoting independent life-long learning skills to all students, no matter what their educational goal or objective.
  • Encouraging the activity of reading to our students, through the display of relevant and current library books on various subjects and themes.


As the center of the college community for inquiry, learning, exploration, and discovery, the library plays a vital role in education, learning, and information competency on campus by:

  • Actively seeking to replace older books in the collection, if adequate budget allows.
  • Promoting the value of library resources in various formats, both print and electronic to the college community.
  • Striving to incorporate new and vital information technology into the library, in support of the curriculum.
  • Collaborating with various individuals in the campus community, to ensure that the library continues to represent a vital institution on campus.