Student Life


NIACC Library

Library & Writer’s Workbench Computer Lab Hours

Fall and Spring Semester

7:30 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Thursday
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Friday
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

Summer Term (May 16 – July 22, 2016)

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Monday – Thursday
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Friday
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays


7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Use of the NIACC Library

The Library is open to the students, faculty and staff of NIACC, its partner institutions, and residents of the North Iowa Area. A NIACC ID or Borrower Card is necessary to check out materials. Through the Iowa Open Access program, anyone with a library card from a participating library may use that card to check out materials from the NIACC Library. Users should stop at the Circulation Desk to have their card activated before checking out materials for the first time.

The Library Collection

The collection contains over 46,000 volumes of print and electronic books, and a variety of non-book media items, including microforms, filmstrips, videotapes, DVDs, cassettes, and kits. Subscriptions include nine national newspapers, 33 NIAD area newspapers, and 370 periodicals with ten-year holdings of most titles. The library provides access to over 50 electronic databases, including EBSCOhost and LexisNexis.  Files containing up-to-date career information and social concerns materials are also available.

Staff and Hours

The library is open 59 hours per week. A professional staff of one full-time librarian  assisted by three full-time assistants and several student assistants provide service for all patrons. The library staff will provide assistance at any time. Library orientation sessions are offered at the beginning of each semester to inform students of library resources, policies, and procedures. A library handbook and web page are also available.

Media Room and Copy Services

A media viewing area located on the south wall of the library houses various types of audiovisual equipment for student use. Copying services are provided at a minimal cost.

Interlibrary Loan Services

The library is connected by computer to over 40,000 libraries across the country via the OCLC system. This brings the libraries of the United States to NIACC students. The library’s Interlibrary Loan Service allows students and staff to borrow books and obtain photocopies of articles free of charge.

Computer Workstations

Three terminals are available in the library for searching the online public access catalog (OPAC). Nine workstations provide Internet access for students, faculty and staff.   They are for research purposes only.

The Writer’s Workbench Computer Lab, also located in the library, has 30 computers available for student use.

Cafe Bean

Cafe BeanThe library’s coffee shop is a fun place to study or just hang out with friends between classes.  There’s a Keurig machine available, with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate K-cups for sale at the Circulation Desk.  A microwave is also available, and there are comfortable chairs in the lounge area.  It’s wireless, so bring your laptop!