View of the Library & Learning Resources Building from the front

                                  The McCarthy Library & Media Center

The McCarthy Library & Media Center, located at the south-eastern side of the Napa Valley College campus in the 1700 Building, contains more than 54,000 books, nearly 297 print periodical titles, and a large collection of reserve items, including reading materials for various classes. Electronic databases provide access to many full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Reference librarians are available to assist you in your research through the use of traditional print and state-of-the-art electronic resources, including the Internet. The Library offers exceptional advantages to students and other library users through the college's long-time membership in two library consortia: the Polaris, Napa county libraries and Solano Community College Consortium; and the North Bay Cooperative Library System (NBCLS or NBC). Three million items from the combined collections of the consortium members, including the media centers of the two academic library members, are represented in an online catalog searchable via the Web.

Opened on June 14, 2010, the college's new two-story Library and Learning Resources Center (LLRC) brings under one roof the Library and the Instructional Media Center in a greatly expanded space with more seating and computer access. The new building is approximately 60,000 square feet and holds 80,000 volumes.


The McCarthy Library supports the mission and programs of the community college through the acquisition and management of academic information resources, the development of information fluency, and by providing excellent service to library users.


Napa Valley College is a community of people excited about learning, where students are first and foremost in everything we do. We value, model, and encourage: student success; honesty; creativity; integrity; adaptability; inclusivity; responsibility; openness to new ideas; respect for others; and health and wellness. The McCarthy Library is committed to these core values:

  • the advancement of learning and literacy
  • the cause of intellectual freedom
  • the right to freedom of inquiry
  • unfettered access to recorded knowledge and information