How To

Check Out Books, iPads, and Other Library Materials

Students and staff may borrow books, journals, magazines, and DVDs for 4 weeks, with the option to renew twice, provided the item is not on hold for another patron.

Faculty may borrow books, journals, magazines, and DVDs for 12 weeks, with the option to renew twice, provided the item is not on hold for another patron.

Students, faculty, and staff may borrow iPads for 2 weeks, with the option to renew once. Please visit the iPad guide for more information.

Present your Helena College ID or other photo ID at the library circulation desk to check out items.

Community members may borrow books, journals, magazines, and DVDs for 4 weeks, with the option to renew twice. Sign up for a library card at the library circulation desk. A photo ID is required.

Return items to the library book drops. One is located inside the library next to the circulation desk. The other is located in the hallway, just to the east of the main library entrance. iPads must be returned at the circulation desk.

Renew Books, iPads, and other Library Materials

Materials may be renewed by calling, emailing, or visiting the library to request a renewal. Renewals can also be requested by logging into My Library Account. Patrons must bring iPads to the circulation desk to renew.

Use “My Library Account”

Log into My Library Account from the library home page to see materials checked out, request renewals, or place a request for items owned by another Montana academic library.

Log In from Off Campus

Students, faculty, and staff have access to all online library resources 24/7 from any location with an internet connection. Log in with your NetID (HC#).

Request Items from another Library

Students, faculty, and staff may request materials from other academic libraries in Montana (TRAILS libraries). Use OneSearch to find materials, then sign in with your NetID (HC#) to request the item. You will be notified when the item is available for pickup.

Library staff can place requests for items on behalf of community members, students, faculty, or staff. Contact the library with your request.

For materials not found at Montana academic libraries, students, faculty, staff, and community members may complete the Interlibrary Loan form to borrow items from another library.

Suggest a Purchase

The library welcomes suggestions for relevant materials to add to the collection. Students, faculty, staff, and community members can fill out the Suggest a Purchase form to make their recommendation. Library staff will consider the currency, cost, and relevance of the item for the library collection and inform the requestors of their decision.

Reserve the Group Study Room

In the Donaldson Library, you will find a Group Study Room equipped with a whiteboard and large flat screen monitor, which can be connected to a computer. Groups of two or more students may reserve the room for group study or tutoring. Contact the library to book the room.

Web Print

Students, faculty, and staff have the ability to wirelessly print to the library’s black and white or color printer from laptops or other mobile devices using Web Print. Find the Web Print link on the student login page, log in with your NetID (HC#), and follow the steps to upload the file to be printed. Compatible file types include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.

Additional Services

The Donaldson Campus Library is a wonderful place for quiet study and research. The library provides comfortable seating, study carrels, computers, printer, scanner, copier, and free copies of the Independent Record. With a collection of 10,000+ books and 90+ journals and magazines, information abounds for all courses of study on this campus. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to use the library.

The Airport Campus Library boasts two easy chairs, a study table for four, three computers, one of which is geared for library help, and a printer. Students, faculty, and staff will find books and magazines pertaining to the programs of study on this campus.

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