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For Students


Whether you need to find a textbook for a course, to research a topic, or to cite a source, the Library has you covered.

Course Reserves

The Library maintains a reserve collection of textbooks, study guides, workbooks, laboratory and solution manuals, audio-visual media, course packets, and other course-related materials for students to use. Students must have a current student ID card from any of the Peralta Colleges in order to check out reserve materials. Reserve materials can be checked out for two hours for use in the Library only. Please note that only textbooks used for current Merritt courses are placed on reserve.

To find out if the Library has the textbook you need, search for the course or instructor in WebPAC Pro, the Library’s online catalog:


Research Guide

Do you need to write a research paper for a class, but don’t know where to begin? The Library’s research guide provides a brief introduction to the process of conducting academic research.

Librarians are available during the Library’s regular hours of operation to assist you with your research assignments. You may consult with a librarian in person at the Reference Desk, on the phone at (510) 436-2557, or online by clicking on the blue LibChat tab on the right side of the screen.

Citation Guides

Learn how to properly document and cite your information sources. The Library’s citation guides will show you how to format your references in appropriate academic styles such as APA or MLA.