About the Library

The 72,000 square foot Barber Library, named for former COCC President Robert L. Barber, opened in 1998 to serve COCC students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

Our mission is to support student success on all COCC campuses by: (1) providing dynamic and high-quality resources, services and student-centered learning environments; (2) leading Information Literacy efforts at COCC; and (3) offering rich educational and cultural experiences that benefit COCC and the broader community. ( Read more about our mission, vision, values, and future directions.)

The Library's collection consists of approximately 70,000 physical books, DVDs, government documents, and journals, as well as 100,000+ online resources, ranging from streaming videos to e-books to journal article search engines. The Library also loans technology like laptops, iPads, cameras, and Kindles. Through membership in the Orbis-Cascade Alliance and Interlibrary Loan services, students have access to quality research materials from libraries throughout the country. Students, faculty, and staff can access online resources both on and off campus, anytime, anywhere an Internet connection is available.

In addition to a plethora of information resources, the Library offers research help to students, faculty, and staff in person, on the phone, by email, and by chat. Librarians also teach 3 levels of credit-bearing information literacy classes every term, both online and in-person.

The information commons has 40+ computers and wireless access is available throughout the building. Group study rooms, designated quiet study areas, and comfortable seating provide students plenty of options for the perfect study space.

Throughout the year, the Library hosts art shows in the Rotunda Art Gallery and a variety of events.

You can use the menu on the left of this page to learn more about the Library or access Library-provided resources. If you have questions, we are, of course, here to help. Just ask!

Main Floor Study Area

Computers in the Info Commons

Library Rotunda

Bookshelves in the Library