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GHC Library Services

The John Spellman Library at Grays Harbor College serves all GHC students, whether they are at the Aberdeen campus, at one of the outreach centers, or are taking one of our online courses from home. Although we want to make using our services the same for both on- and off-campus students, there are still some differences.  Here are some hints and summaries to help you succeed:

There are 4 ways to contact us:

(1) IR -Instant Reference allows you to get help while you are online. It connects you to a GHC Librarian for interactive assistance via live chat; we can even share your browser's view, to give you first-class help in doing your searching!  An IR librarian is available Mon-Sat from 11am to library closing.  Please send your comments and suggestions as well as any problem reports to shorton@ghc.edu.

(2) EMAIL us anytime at: Reference Desk. We will respond within 24 hours, except on weekends and holidays. (Note: if IR is not open, you will automatically be connected to our email form.)

(3) IN PERSON at the Aberdeen campus Library Media Center, during reference desk hours.

(4) PHONE during reference desk hours. Reference's direct phone number is: 360-538-4054 or, Toll free: 800-562-4830, ext. 4054.


Reference Resources:

We have a number of sources on line, available from our homepage ( you will be asked to login with your last name and Student ID number.) For reference books not available on line, contact the reference desk and we will work with you to get an answer to your question. (more....)

Journal articles:
You can get articles from our online services, and from our print collection. For either type you start at our homepage.  Select the top middle pull-down menu, and use the databases you see there. (You will need to login with a current Student ID number, and your last name.) These databases are indexes to periodical articles, searchable by topic, and will give you two kinds of results: either the entire article (which you can then either read online or print,) or a summary only.   See the section on "getting items" down below for what to do in that 2d case! Need help? You will find descriptions of the different journal databases here, or don't hesitate to contact us!

Books and AV:
Go to our homepage, pull down the top left menu, and select "GHC Library Catalog." The resulting page will allow you to search for books, AV materials, or journal titles (NOT journal articles) in our catalog. Need help? Use the catalog's tutorial.

One activity you can't do from a distance, is to browse the shelves. However, you can use the on-line catalog to come close since you can browse by call number. One of the easest ways to do this is start from a book you already know, then click on its call number!

Getting items:
Just because a book or article isn't online, doesn't mean you can't use it! For books in our collection: if you have found the book in our library catalog, you can click on the request item button, and then fill in the information on the form that comes up. We will ship the item to the location you indicate. If you cannot get to an outreach center, just contact us and we will work with you and your specific circumstance.

For journal articles, first go to the "LIST OF GHC'S JOURNALS-- for off campus use" selection in the top middle pull down menu of our homepage.  This will tell you if the journal is available in one of our other databases, or if we subscribe to the print version.  If you find it there, then click on the link and you will either be connected to that other database or to our catalog (where you can request item just as you would for a book or video.)

Click here
to go directly to a tutorial on requesting something from our catalog.

Interlibrary Loan:
ILL is when we borrow a book, or get a photocopy of an article, from another library. Usually this happens when you have used the Internet to search another library's catalog, and then find something you'd like to use; or, you have searched one of our journal databases and find the article is not available online or from our own library collection. (more.....)


Contact Information:

Lorena Maurer
Grays Harbor College
Toll free: 1-800-562-4830 ext. 4090
Fax: 360-538-4299
E-mail: lorena.maurer@ghc.edu

Gary Arthur
Reservation-Based Degree Coordinator
Toll free: 1-800-562-4830 ext. 4209
Fax: 360-538-4299
E-mail: gary.arthur@ghc.edu


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