The Libraries at Palm Beach State College
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Accessing Library Resources
You do not have to be on campus to use the library's resources. The library's resources are accessible online, and access includes the ability to view eBooks, read full-text articles, browse subject-specific databases, and much more.
Method 1: To access the library's resources, log in to your PantherWeb student portal using your student ID and password, and then click on the yellow library icon under Quick Links.
Step 1: Log in to Pantherweb Step 2: Click on
Method 2: You may be asked to access the library's resources using a Borrower ID and a Pin/Password. This is NOT your PantherWeb student information!
Your Borrower ID is the full 14-digit card number on the back of your PantherCard that starts with 24901. Your Pin/Password is a 4-digit number that represents your 2-digit birth month and 2-digit year of birth. So if, for example, you were born in July of 1995, your pin would be 0795.
No. You can access the library's resources online, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Log in anywhere and at any time using a valid internet connection. Follow the steps above for logging in to the library.
The student login information for the computers in the library and for PantherWeb are the same. The username for both is the student ID number, and the password for both is the pin provided during registration for classes. Note: The password is different than the pin used to access the library's resources.
The borrower ID is the 14-digit card number on the back of your PantherCard that starts with 24901 and the pin/password is the 2-digit month and 2-digit year of your birth. So, for example, if you were born in August of 1999, your pin/password is 0899.
The library provides resources to support students with their learning needs. This includes books, eBooks, newspapers, magazines, journals, DVDs, audiobooks, databases, computers, printers/copiers, laptops, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, mobile hotspots, calculators, headphones, and much more.
No. You only need to have a connection to the internet on any device whether it is a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You also need to be logged in to gain access to the library resources. When you do a basic search in the library catalog, eBooks are indicated with the following icon: .
To read the eBook, simply click on the link that says "Click here to view this eBook." The eBooks are provided by different platforms, such as Overdrive and EBSCO. Therefore, the format is slightly different for each platform and the permissions to read, print, download, and email vary.
If you are having trouble reading an eBook from your library, ask a library staff member for help.
Yes. Most textbooks for classes offered at the Belle Glade campus can be found in the Reserves Collection in the Belle Glade Campus library. Textbooks can be checked out for a minimum of 3 hours at a time and must be used in the library. If you are taking a class online or at another campus, check with our campus libraries. Note that because these items are on reserve and for in-library use only, you will have to drive out to that campus to use the book (they will not send a textbook on reserve to another campus).
Yes. The library has a growing collection of fiction books, including children's literature, young adult fiction, and popular adult fiction books.
Yes. WiFi is available in the library. To access the PAW WiFi network, you must log on using your PantherWeb username and password.
Searching for Materials
From the library home page, you can search for library materials by entering keywords in the quick search box. The results default to all materials, but you can narrow your search down to a specific format (article, book, movie, etc.). You can also narrow your search by campus, date of publication, etc.
When you search for an item in the catalog, you will be able to view details regarding the item's availability. If the item is available, the Available item status will be displayed in green. If the item is not available, the item status will reflect a due date for when the item will be returned to the library. You can also view an item's campus location.
If an item you need is available at another Palm Beach State College campus, you can place a hold online by clicking on the Place a Hold link. You must be logged in to your library account in order to place a hold on a material. The library will be notified of your request and will ship the item to your selected campus pick-up location. Material holds can take 5 to 7 business days.
The library uses the Library of Congress classification system, which is a combination of letters and numbers. The call number is located in the online search record. A call number is like a book's address. Books are arranged by alphabetical and numerical order in the library. So for example, if the call number for a book is TZ357.G55 2014, then you would start your search at the T section of the library and work your way alphabetically to TZ followed by the number series.
If Palm Beach State College does not have an item available for checkout, a request for the item can be made to another Florida institution through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This is a free service for students.
A librarian can also request an item on your behalf.
Yes. To search for a DVD, simply enter the title into the quick search box on the library home page, and then narrow down your result to the Video (DVD) format. If a DVD is available at the Belle Glade campus library, ask a library staff member for help with locating it as it might be stored in a separate area.
More than 2,000 DVDs are available at the Belle Glade campus library for checkout. Display cases with popular DVDs are available on the main library floor and additional DVDs may be found in the library storage area. A total of 5 DVDs may be checked out at one time for a period of 7 days. See a library staff member to view all available DVDs.
Checking Out Materials
The following items are available for checkout in the library:
- Books for 21 days
- Audiobooks for 21 days
- Calculators for an entire semester
- DVDs (up to 5 at a time) for 7 days
- Kindles/Kindle Fire for 21 days
- Laptops for 4 hours
- iPads for 2 nights
- Reserve items such as textbooks for a minimum 3 hours with the option to renew (for use in library only)
- Headphones for 3 hours
- Mobile hotspots for 7 days
- Nook eReaders for 21 days
If you checked out an item and you need it for a longer period of time, you may renew it. To renew an item, you can call the library, email us or stop by the library in person. You can also renew it online by logging in to the library, clicking on My Account, and then clicking on View Loans. Under View Loans, click on the Renew button for the items you would like to have extended.
Renewals may be granted for items that are not on hold. Extensions on interlibrary loan requests may be made by speaking with a library staff member.
Items that are returned late accumulate fines that have to be paid. Fines for late items are given at the following rates:
- Books/audiobooks/calculators: 10-cents per day
- DVDs/Mobile Hotspots: 25-cents per day
- Kindles/Nooks: $1 per day
- Laptops/iPads/reserve books/xBox controllers and games/headphones: $5 per hour
Fines must be paid for at the cashier's office, and a receipt must be shown to a librarian in order to have your account cleared. You can stop by the library for a list of accumulated fines and a total amount owed.
Fines can also be paid using your PantherCard dollars at the circulation desk.
You must have a government-issued photo ID in order to obtain a PantherCard. Acceptable forms of ID include the following:
- Driver's License
- State Identification Card
- Permanent Residence Card
Students under the age of 18 who do not have any form of identification may have their parent/guardian complete a verification of identity for minors form in place of a photo ID. The form must be submitted with a copy of a valid photo ID from the parent/guardian.
There is a machine located outside of the library where cash can be added to your card. Money can also be added to your card online through the online card office.
Your PantherCard is your identification showing that you are a student at Palm Beach State College. It also serves as your library card to check out materials. You also will need your PantherCard to make copies or print.
Additionally, your PantherCard gives you access to the Wellness Center and the Student Learning Centers on campus. You can also use it for purchases in the bookstore and cafeteria.
Printing & Copying
Yes. Students can print in the library at the cost of 10-cents per page for black and white printouts and 50-cents per page for color printouts.
Students must use their PantherCard to pay for printing and/or copies. The PantherCard can be loaded with cash using the machine outside of student services, or with a credit card online through PantherWeb.
At this time, you cannot print from your personal laptop. You can, however, print from any computer in the library or one of the student laptops, which are available for checkout.
Yes, copies can be made for 10-cents in black & white, and 50-cents in color.
Yes, you can print and make copies double-sided.
Code of Conduct
PBSC Library Log-in Instructions
This video will show students how to access the Palm Beach State College library resources.
Accessing the Databases
This video will show students how to access the Palm Beach State College library databases.
PBSC Library Log-in Instructions
This video will show students how to access the Palm Beach State College library resources.
The Library Learning Resource Center (LLRC) staff strives to provide a safe, friendly, engaging and productive environment for all of its users. In order to be successful in this goal, the library has established the Code of Conduct. All users must respect and follow the policies listed below:
- Noise and Disruptive Behavior
Disruptive, hostile or harassing behavior by users is strictly prohibited. Users who exhibit disruptive or disorderly behavior will be asked to leave the library, and campus security may be notified.
- Food and Beverages
Eating and drinking in the library is not allowed. Food attracts rodents and insects, and drink spills can lead to the damage of materials or equipment.
- Personal Belongings
Library staff is not responsible for personal belongings or any property left in the library. Any items or belongings found and collected by library staff are returned to campus security. Library staff reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, brief cases and the like.
Children under the age of 12 are prohibited from using the library, except with the permission of a faculty member/instructor, supervisor or other College official. Campus security and administration will be notified of any minor who creates a disturbance or appears to be lost and unattended for his or her safety, health and welfare.
- Internet Use
Library computer equipment serves to facilitate access to information for the purposes of teaching, learning, or conducting research. Users are subject to the Acceptable Use Policy.
- Cell Phones, Headphones, Mobile Devices and Other Equipment
The use of any equipment (e.g. cell phones, headphones, mobile devices) that disrupts users is prohibited. Cell phones must be placed on vibrate or turned off. Phone conversations must take place outside of the library. The use of cameras and video recording devices requires permission from College administration.
- Facilities, Equipment and Materials
Cutting, tearing or defacing materials (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers), and tampering with furniture, computers or other equipment is prohibited. Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or official library authorization is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
Palm Beach State College’s Student Code of Conduct is in effect in the LLRC. Users who violate this Code of Conduct will lose their library usage privileges, will be referred to the Dean of Student Services, or will have an academic hold placed on their account.
Academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized use of aids, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty in the classroom or other college environments, as defined below:
- Taking the words or specific substance of another and either copying or paraphrasing the work without giving credit to the source.
- Submitting a term paper, examination or other work written by someone else.
- Failure to give credit in a footnote for ideas, statements of facts or conclusions derived by another.
- Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another person, whether it is a paragraph, a sentence or even a part thereof.
- Similar and extended paraphrasing of another.
Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information from another student or student’s
paper on an inclass examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned,
then submitting the work for
regrading; and allowing another person to do one’s work and to submit the work under one’s own name or otherwise not following the rules or instruction to gain an advantage.
Presenting data in a piece of work not gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were generated or collected.
Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty
Providing material or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly pursuant to Florida Statutes 877.17 (1).
Altering documents affecting academic records; forging a signature of authorization
or falsifying information on an official academic document, election form, grade report,
letter of permission, petition, or
any document designed to meet or exempt a student from an established College academic regulation.
Warning: Students may not withdraw from a class to avoid a failing grade as a result of such a violation.
Computer and Internet/WWW Acceptable Use Policy
Palm Beach State College provides access to computers and the Internet/World Wide Web for purposes directly related to education, in an environment…
- Where access to the resource is shared equitably among all Palm Beach State users.
- Which is conducive to learning.
- Which is free of illegal or malicious acts.
- Which shows respect for others through proper network etiquette.
It is not acceptable to use the College's computers, or Internet/WWW Access
- For any illegal purposes.
- To transmit information containing harassing, threatening, obscene, discriminatory, indecent, lewd or lascivious material whether by email or other internet resources.
- To access information containing obscene, indecent, lewd or lascivious material.
- With a login account assigned to someone else. Forgery or attempted forgery of email messages is prohibited.
- In such a way as to interfere with or disrupt network users, services or equipment.
- To transmit any material in violation of any U.S. or state laws or regulations such as Copyright Law including plagiarism.
By using this resource, you agree to comply with the statements above. Failure to comply might result in disciplinary action.
Check out books, reserve materials, and a variety of resources through your campus Circulation Desk:
- Belle Glade: 561-993-1150
- Boca Raton (FAU) Circulation: 561-297-6911
- Lake Worth Circulation: 561-868-3710
- Palm Beach Gardens Circulation: 561- 207-5800
Your PantherCard is your library card and allows access to photocopiers and printers.
Most books may be checked out for 21 days. Some high demand items have a 7 day loan period.
Late book returns (21 day loans) are charged 10 cents per day. 7 day loan books are 25 cents per day.
Textbooks or materials that have been placed at the reserve desk by an instructor may be checked out for use in the library, for a period of 2 hours. Late returns are charged $1 per hour.
Most books can be renewed twice, unless there is a hold or recall on them. Renewals can be done onsite, online via MyAccount, or by calling Circulation at the phone numbers above. Interlibrary loan books must be renewed by the ILL department.
- Onsite renewals are done at the Circulation Desk.
- Online renewals are done using MyAccount
- Phone renewals only apply to books from the Lake Worth Campus.
The library owns over 20,000 ebook titles that can be accessed via our catalog. A valid PantherCard number and PIN is required to read the full text of ebooks. The PantherCard number is located on the back of the card and begins with 24901. The PIN is your 4 digit birth month and year (MMYY).
Borrowing iPads and Laptops
Library iPad & Laptop Lending Policy
- Library study rooms are primarily intended for academic purposes.
- The Student Code of Conduct (Board Rule 6HX 18-3.35; Student Handbook pp. 20-7) and the Library Code of Conduct are in effect.
- Groups or individuals who are disruptive or sleeping may be asked to leave the room.
- Study rooms are not soundproof. Loud conversation or volume is not permitted.
- Study room capacity varies by room and may not be exceeded.
- Study rooms must be reserved using the D!BS system, and may be reserved up to six (6) days in advance.
- Only currently enrolled students may reserve study rooms, unless approved by the library director.
- Students are limited to two active (2) reservations per day, and up to four (4) active reservations per week.
- A valid PantherCard and Palm Beach State email address are required.
- Food & Drink: No hot food, meals, salads, or drinks in disposable cups (with or without lids) are permitted. Cold snack size food such as chips, pretzels, and candy bars, as well as drinks in spill-proof containers or capped bottles are okay.
- Reservations will be canceled by staff after fifteen (15) minutes for late arrivals.
- Personal belongings left unattended for more than fifteen (15) minutes will be removed by Campus Security.
American Association of Community Colleges recognizes information literacy as a core value of general education.
Palm Beach State College recognizes information literacy as an institutional learning outcome.
Palm Beach State College Library Information Literacy Mission Statement (2012; amended 2016)
The Library Information Literacy Program at Palm Beach State College supports the instructional mission of the College and its General Education program. Information literacy is one of the College's general institutional learning outcomes and is rooted in "the ability to find, evaluate, organize, and use information". This definition is consistent with educational outcomes for the State of Florida and text from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016).
The Library Information Literacy Program is an integrated, outcomes-based model of instruction that incorporates different forms of instruction at selective points in a student's academic career. The intent of the program is to achieve a tiered and coordinated approach to developing information literacy skills and a framework for lifelong learning. This approach incorporates information literacy and critical thinking with writing across the curriculum.
Specifically, the mission of the Library Information Literacy Program is to create an environment which:
- Provides formal and informal instruction to individuals and classes and mentors research skill development in person and through distance learning
- Offers students diverse learning opportunities in a variety of settings
- Promotes the ethical use of library and information resources in all formats
- Collaborates with colleagues from all departments and disciplines to integrate information literacy into academic programs
- Evaluates the effectiveness of our methods and programs on an ongoing basis, while continually updating and reviewing our own knowledge and skills
- Assesses a student's ability to locate, evaluate, organize, and use information through formal and information library and college-wide initiatives and measurements
American Library Association offers information literacy standards for student learning, resources for professional activities, and objectives for information literacy instruction.
- ACRL Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries
- ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education
- ACRL Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction
- ACRL Information Literacy Program Best Practice Characteristics
- ACRL Information Literacy in the Disciplines
- ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
ProQuest's new cloud-based information literacy solution, ProQuest® Research Companion, is a one-stop resource that guides high school, community college, and university students through research projects, helping them overcome typical barriers. Easy, intuitive, and informative, ProQuest Research Companion enables students to move through projects such as research papers efficiently, generating better research outcomes and reducing frustration.
Academic Library Research Tutorial (Palm Beach State College)
Faculty Resources for Information Literacy
- Evaluating Websites
- Information Cycle: How Information Changes Over Time
- Information Literacy Resource Guide
- Plagiarism Resource Center
Assessing Student Learning
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