Library Guides for Faculty and Students

The librarians at NVC McCarthy Library have created some helpful guides tailored to library resources for each discipline.  Faculty will find selected reference books, circulating books, periodicals, online databases, authoritiative websites and organizations and associations related to the discipline in one handy spot.  Please visit the Library Guides page to see if a guide has been created for your subject discipline. 

We are very interested in developing customized library pages for individual courses and programs.  In developing a CourseLib page, faculty and librarians work collaboratively to identify key resources, services and strategies that support a course's assignments and learning objectives.  The CourseLib program also intends to foster the development of Information Literacy Competencies for NVC students.

Faculty interested in having a CourseLib page developed for their courses may contact Nancy McEnery, Librarian-Instructor at or Stephanie Grohs, Faculty Librarian at

Instructors' Reserves 

To place books or other materials on reserve in the Library:
Bring materials that you want placed on reserve to the circulation desk at the library. Examples of materials that can be placed on reserve include class textbooks, supplementary materials, and sample exams.

  1. Print out RESERVE FORM and fill it out indicationd course title and numer and preferred checkout period. Standard checkout periods are 2-hour (Library use only) or 24-hour checkout. Send book with form to the library.
  2. Please allow one day for staff to process reserve materials before you announce their availablility to your class.

In order to monitor circulation and safeguard reserve materials, all materials placed in the reserve collection will receive a label indicating the instructor’s name, course title and number, a barcode placed on the cover, and a library ownership stamp on the head of the book.

For further information please contact Stephen Miller at 256-7408 or email

Interlibrary Loan 

The Napa Valley College Library staff is able to locate and borrow books, journal articles, and documents from libraries across the United States.

Please make inquiry about INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL) at the Reference Desk. NVC Library staff will search for these items, almost always without cost to you.

Be sure to make your ILL requests as early in the semester as possible. Allow 2-6 weeks for items to arrive. Please contact Amy Guan x7416 or e-mail for further information.

Library Instruction

Instructors are encouraged to schedule library orientations for their classes. Library orientations are easy to arrange and extremely effective in reinforcing instructor’s class assignments. Sessions may include library tours, introduction to research methods, basic information retrieval skills, and effective web-based research. Library orientations are held in the Library classroom to facilitate instruction on identifying, evaluating and citing print and non-print research materials.

Interested in integrating information literacy into your curriculum?  NVC librarians have developed several workshops which can be tailored to your students' needs.  Download our brochure for more details.

For further information and scheduling please call 256-7430 or 256-7426.

Instructional Media Center

The Media Collection is now housed in the McCarthy Library, Building 1700.  The collection includes videotapes, DVDs, audiotapes, and other materials for individual or media-assisted instruction.   Media Staff offices are located in the 1700 Building.  For Media Support call 256-7452.  
Tereasa Snowder x7457 or e-mail or
Choolwe Kalulu x7456 or e-mail

List of Diversity-Related Media Materials.pdf

Instructional Equipment

The Media Services has LCD projectors, laptop computers, document cameras, videotape players, and portable stereo systems available for classroom use. Please contact the Media staff  to arrange for the scheduling and delivery of equipment.

Tereasa Snowder x7457 or or
Choolwe Kalulu x7456 or e-mail