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About the Library

Laney College Library
900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 464-3497
Fax: (510) 464-3264


Dr. Zhanjing (John) Yu, Vice President of Instruction  (510) 464-3213
Evelyn Lord, Head Librarian  (510) 464-3496 /

(510) 464-3495

Renew Library Materials
(510) 464-3499

Acquisitions/Technical Services: Autumn Sullivan (510)-464-3498 /

Media/Instruction  YiPing Wang (510) 464-3490 /

Public Services:  Reginald Constant (510) 986-6947 /

Reference/Instruction: Phillippa Caldeira (510) 464-3106 /

Systems:  Evelyn Lord (510) 464-3496 /


Reference Hourly Librarians
(510) 464-3495

Shirley Coaston
Colleen Kensinger
Mary K. Holland
Linda Jolivet
Suzanne Lo
Emily Odza 
Margaret Traylor
Alexander Valentine
Ann Whitehead

Loan Desk
(510) 464-3499

Andrew Skinner-Demps,  Principal Library Technician 464-3499
Douglas Banks, Evening Library Technician II 464-3501

Reserve Desk
(510) 464-3500

Randle Wasson (Reserve-Daytime)  464-3500
Dominique Dozier (Reserve-Evening)  464-3500

Technical Processing
(510) 464-3494

Autumn Sullivan, Acquisitions / Technical Services Librarian 464-3498
Evelyn Lord, Systems Librarian 464-3496
Lily Leung, Library Technician II 464-3105
Michael Wright,  Principal Library Technician 464-3493

Audio Visual/Listening & Viewing Center
(510) 464-3485

Agustin Rodriguez, Instructional Assistant 464-3485
Roxana Post, Audio-Visual Services Asst. 464-3485

Library Network Coordinator

May Shum   464-3487

Instructional Media Center (IMC) (Lower Level — 1st Floor)
(510) 464-3489




Your Laney College Photo ID card with a current semester sticker is your library card. You must show your card to library staff to borrow library materials or use library computers. Photo ID cards are issued at the Welcome Center, Room A-101. For current photo ID hours, check at the Loan Desk. To update a photo ID card with a sticker for the current semester, go to the Loan Desk or the Welcome Center (Room A-101).


Computers are available for Laney students to use in the library upon presentation of a valid student ID card (see Library Card above). Access to full-text library database subscriptions, the online catalog, the Internet and word processing are available on the main floor (2nd floor) of the library and in the Listening & Viewing Center (1st floor, L-101).  Sign up for computers at the Loan Desk on the main floor or at the service window in L-101.  Printing is available for a charge of 10 cents per page.  For assistance in using library databases or the Internet, see a librarian at the Information Desk.

Wireless access is available throughout the building.

INFORMATION DESK (Entrance–Main Floor–2nd Floor)

A librarian is always on duty at this desk to assist students and faculty who need library materials for class assignments.

Handouts on a variety of topics are available at the Information Desk. A few of the topics in the “How to…” series include: outlines, essays, research papers, resumes, literary criticism, and citing print and electronic sources. Other handouts list materials available in the Laney library, including: periodical and special topic databases, college directories, and career sources.



Faculty should request an orientation for class assignments using the online orientation request form at least a week in advance of the preferred date. Instructors must accompany and remain with the class during the orientation. When requesting an orientation, faculty should attach a copy of the assignment (or class syllabus) and title of the text. Online orientation request form and procedures for scheduling and completing online orientation forms.  Library Orientation Request Form and Library Orientation Policy.

Orientations are structured to meet specific information needs (facts, biographies, company/book reports, etc.), or demonstrate the research process for research essays and papers. A typical 50 minute orientation consists of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. Specific sources and types of sources are introduced to students.

LOAN DESK (Entrance — Main Floor — 2nd Floor)

Your Peralta student ID card is your library card. Student ID cards are issued at the Welcome Center (A-101). (See Library Card above) Any library materials with a loan period of 2-weeks may be checked out at the Loan Desk. Most of the library collection that is available for checkout is shelved on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library. In addition, there are New Books, Paperback, New Readers, ESL, Graphic Novels and Children’s Literature collections.

STUDY ROOMS (Group and Individual Study)

Study rooms for group study are available on the 3rd floor of the library for use by Laney College students. To request a group study room, go to the the Loan Desk (Main Floor) and present your Laney photo ID with a current semester sticker to the desk attendant. Individual quiet study rooms are available on the 4th floor of the library for use by Laney College students.  To request an individual study room, go the Loan Desk (Main Floor) and present your Laney photo ID with a current semester sticker to the desk attendant. Reservations are accepted up to seven days in advance. Use of rooms is limited to two hours a day. Study rooms close before the library, so check at the Loan Desk for current hours.

RESERVE / TEXTBOOK DESK (Entrance — Main Floor — 2nd Floor)

Housed in this area are: reserve materials, textbooks, supplemental class materials, college catalogs, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries and thesauri, resume books, exam books, and guides for writing essays and research papers. Most reserves and textbooks cannot leave the library. They are “Library Use Only”.  A few are loaned for 2 days.  Students who return textbooks late will be fined.

LISTENING & VIEWING CENTER (L101 — Lower Level — 1st Floor)

The Listening & Viewing Center provides access to the Library’s collection of videos, DVDs, audiotapes, CD-ROMS, computer disks, and compact disks. The Center also makes computer workstations available to students for research, word processing and printing.


The Audio/Visual Center delivers dvd and video viewing equipment, projectors, tape recorders, etc. to classrooms.

ACQUISITIONS DEPARTMENT (L114 — Lower Level — 1st Floor)

The library welcomes requests for new library materials.  The library purchases books and dvds to support the curricular needs of the college.

For more information or to request a title, send as much publication information as possible (title, author, publisher, date, price, ISBN) to Autumn Sullivan, Library, Room L-114, (510) 464-3498 / You will be contacted when the materials you requested have been processed and are ready for circulation.  The time period may vary depending on availability.

Note:  The Acquisitions Department does not purchase textbooks.  Textbooks are purchased by the Reserve staff from the college bookstore.


Due to reductions in staffing, the library no longer accepts donations of books or other library materials.


The library charges replacement fees plus processing fees for lost books.  The library does not accept replacement books in lieu of payment for lost books.  If a lost book is returned, the replacement fees will be waived.  The library encourages borrowers to keep careful track of library materials and report losses immediately.


The IMC provides copying and graphics services for Laney faculty and staff.  The SCANTRON machine for correcting multiple choice tests is now located in T-450.

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    900 Fallon Street
    Oakland, CA  94607
    Phone:  (510) 464-3497
    Fax:  (510) 464-3264

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