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Coulter Library Fall Semester 2020 Updates

Coulter Library Fall Semester 2020 Updates

Updated as of August 28, 2020 

Temporary Library & College Policies 

  • All employees, students, and visitors must maintain six-foot social distancing whenever possible.
  • Masks must be worn on campus.
  • Food and/or drinks are not allowed in the Library. There are designated campus locations for consuming food and drink.
  • Headphones are required to be used when listening to video or audio on library computers or your personal electronic devices.  
  • Only one person is allowed in a study room at a time.
  • Only one person is allowed to sit at each table in the library.

Library Hours

Coulter Library will be open during the fall semester. Hours are Mondays - Thursdays 8:30am - 8pm, Fridays 8:30am – 4:30pm, and Sundays 12 – 8pm (closed Saturdays). See our hours page for exceptions. The library staff are also available to help you remotely. Please email for assistance.

Library Resources

Coulter Library has electronic resources available through our web site: If you have trouble accessing library resources please visit our Database Troubleshooting Guide or email us at 

Course Reserves

Course reserve items are available at the Library.

Reference Asssistance

Students, faculty or staff who need remote reference help can get in touch with us in the following ways:

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is available at this time, but the number of loaning libraries is limited. This includes digital item requests. 

Physical Library Items

Physical library items are available. The book stacks are open. Books that are returned to the library will be quarantined for 4 days before they are returned to the shelves.

Return Box Locations

  • Outside Coulter Hall entrance under the bridge between Coulter and Mawhinney (Silver Box)
  • Outside Mawhinney Hall entrance by the traffic semi-circle (Blue Box)


Resources for Faculty

Library Resources

Library resources for faculty moving courses online include the following digital content:

  • Coulter Library has electronic resources available through our web site: Coulter Library licenses digital collections to offer a wide array of material types that could be incorporated into courses. These include articles, books, videos, image collections, newspapers, historical archives, music, and journals and magazines dating back to the 18th century.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER), which are freely available text and course materials, are listed by broad general discipline areas here: These can substitute for physical books.

Course Reserves

Course reserve items are available. Please contact us to explore possible options. 


Additional Updates and Resources from Onondaga Community College

For up-to-date information on Onondaga Community College's policies and procedures regarding reopening of the college, visit Onondaga Community College's We're back in person for you! page. Also, all college staff and students are encouraged to check their OCC email regularly for updates.

Hula Hoop T-Shirt Weaving Workshop

Hula Hoop T-Shirt Weaving Workshop

Learn how you can use old t-shirts to weave a beautiful rug or bowl. We will have some t-shirts available, but you are welcome to bring your own. All other supplies will be provided. 

All faculty, staff & students are welcome to attend!

Thursday, February 27 4-6pm

Coulter Hall – C116

3D Design Learning Circle

3D Design Learning Circle

Learning circles are free in-person study groups for people who want to learn together using online course content aided by a facilitator. This learning circle will focus on the basics of 3D design.

Friday, February 21 & 28 (11:15am – 12:45pm) C340C

All are welcome!

Please visit to sign-up.

Winter Library Hours

Winter Library Hours

December 19 - January 21 

  • Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Weekends CLOSED


December 25, 2019

January 1, 2020

January 20, 2020

Regular library hours will resume Wednesday, January 22.

Library Website Session for Students

Library Website Session for Students

The library website is a gateway to the resources you will need for your classes at OCC.

Please join us to learn to navigate the library website, from accessing academic articles to locating books and other library materials.

Coulter Library Classroom C340C (3rd floor of library)

Sep. 5 – Thurs. at 3
Sep. 9 - Mon. 11:15

Faculty Library Training for New Library System

Faculty Library Training for New Library System

This summer the library migrated to a new online system called Primo. The Library website may look the same, however the navigation and search results are different.

Please join us to learn to navigate our new system. We will look at accessing scholarly articles and books, interlibrary loan, searching techniques and more.

Coulter Library Classroom C340C

Aug. 30 – Fri. at 11:15
Sep. 5 – Thurs. at 3

Makerspace Fall Semester Hours

Makerspace Fall Semester Hours

The Library Makerspace is open the following hours during the Fall 2020 semester. Please note that due to COVID restrictions, 3D printing will be by appointment only during our open hours. Only two students can be in the room at the same time. There will be an arts & crafts area and robotics station just outside the room (each will be limited to one student at a time).

 September 14  – November 23

  • Monday 12:15pm – 1:45pm
  • Thursday 12:45pm – 2:15pm

Global Maker Day Challenges

Global Maker Day Challenges

In celebration of Global Maker Day (10/20), pick one or more maker challenges to complete then share it on social media using #OCCmakers and #GlobalMakerDay or stop into the Makerspace and show us your creation. If you successfully complete a challenge by Friday 10/23 @ 11:59PM, you will be entered into a raffle for a Google Play or iTunes gift card. 

A. Make a toilet paper roll functional.

B. Using TinkerCad, design a personalized keychain (don’t forget the hole for the key ring!).

C. Make something that does something using low-tech household items such as recyclables & supplies.

E. Fit yourself through a single index card.

F. Using only Legos, create one of the following:

  1. A Halloween inspired creation
  2. First initial of your name
  3. A bridge for a mini-figure to cross
  4. Blaze 
  5. A library inspired creation
  6. Your choice!


OCC Student Maker Club Meetings

OCC Student Maker Club Meetings

The next Student Maker Club meeting is Monday 11/2 @ 1:30pm in the Coulter Hall 1st Floor Lobby. Future meetings are TBA.