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Check Out Books, iPads, and Other Library Materials

Picture of the Check Out Desk 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.

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.

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 Montana Academic Libraries

Students, faculty, and staff may request materials from other academic libraries in Montana. Use the TRAILS-Montana Academic Libraries tab in 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.

Request an Item with Interlibrary Loan

For materials not found at Montana academic libraries (TRAILS 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 requesters of their decision.

Web Print

Students, faculty, and staff have the ability to wirelessly print to the library's black and white or color printer from laptops and other mobile devices using Web Print. Find the Web Print link in the top gray bar of any Helena College web page, log in with your Net ID (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

Periodicals Section of the LibraryThe 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.

In the Donaldson Library, you will find a Group Study Room equipped with a whiteboard and large flat screen monitor for viewing presentations and DVDs. Contact us to book this room for two or more students for group study or tutoring.

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, as well as books and magazines pertaining to the programs of study on this campus.

All links to services and resources in the menu on the left are available in the libraries during open hours. Most online resources are available off-campus 24/7 with a NetID (HC#).

We are happy to help you by email, chat or telephone. Leave an email message at any time and we will respond on the next business day.

Book a Librarian for one-on-one research help in the library.

Check the Tutorials page on the library website for the self-paced Library Research Tutorial in Moodle, as well as other helpful tutorials.

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