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The mission of the Library and Learning Resources Division is to empower every student, and the ECC Community, with the knowledge, tools and life skills necessary to ensure success - through academic guidance, compassion, and encouragement.
We provide academic resources and services to all students, faculty, staff, and other members of the El Camino College community. Please visit us online, in person on campus, or give us a call to discover how we can help you be as successful as possible in your academic endeavors.
The history of El Camino College and its library spans half a century. The following is a list of important milestones:
- October 17, 1946, the Board of Trustees of El Camino College approved a request to recondition empty barracks vacated at the close of World War II. In September, 1948, the temporary library opened with 27 seats, four tiers of bookstacks and 861 donated volumes. Miss Helen Rodgers, who had been librarian at Torrance High School, was hired as the first librarian. By the end of 1949, the collection had grown to 8,872 volumes, 75 periodicals and four newspapers.
- March 4, 1952, the first permanent library was completed.
- In 1961, the library was enlarged and a third floor was added.
- In 1987, the library was reorganized.
- November 9, 1992, official groundbreaking ceremonies took place for new construction, completely renovating the existing library and adding much needed square footage. The new building was dedicated on September 8, 1994 and renamed the Sam Schauerman Library, after a past college president.
- August 17, 1998, the Library Media Technology Center (LMTC) opened. The LMTC's Computer Commons has about 170 new computers with full Internet access. The Computer Commons is also equipped with standard office applications, graphics, and a broad range of computer-assisted instructional software.
Today the Schauerman Library is part of the Library and Learning Resources Division of the college. This unit is comprised of the Online and Digital Education, Media Services, Learning Resources Center, LMTC, and the Schauerman and Music Libraries, all of which are responsible for instructional support at El Camino College.
The Schauerman Library is an excellent facility with more than 100,000 volumes, many periodicals, and digital resources such as information databases, making it the campus research center. Materials are organized throughout the facilities for easy use. Open stacks are maintained to give students direct access to all books, except those on Reserve. Librarians are available to assist users in their research and provide one-on-one and class instruction on the effective use of information resources.
Library Learning Resources Policies
- Library Conduct Policy (2017)
- Library Borrowing Policies for Students (2018)
- Library Course Reserves Policies (2013)
- Library Display Policies (2009)
- Library Reference Philosophy & Mission Statement (2011)
- Library Room Use Policies (2009)
- Library Study Room Use Policies (2019)
- Materials Selections/collection Development (2013)
- Music Library Browsing Policy (2019)
Learning Resources Center (LRC) Policies
Tutoring and LRC Policies (2017)
LIbrary 154 - 8 people max, reservation required.
Library 166 (also known as DE 166 and the Distance Education Center) - 60-80 people max, reservation is reuired. The entrance to the room is on the outside of the library. A Map to the Location from inside the library is available here.
Library 202 - 30 people max with conference table configuration, 60 people max in theater set up, reservation required.
All extensions must be preceded by: (310) 660-3593
Fall & Spring Hours:
El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
Circulation & Reserves
(310) 660-3593, ext. 6006
Learning Resources Center
(310) 660-3593, ext. 3511
(310) 660-3593, ext. 5024
Library and Learning Resources Divison Office
Program Level SAO
The El Camino College Library fosters the academic and personal success of the ECC community through collections that support the curriculum and different learning modalities, through seamless access to library collections, services and facilities, and through instruction of information literacy skills. APPROVED
LIBRARY AREA SAOs
Library Reference and Instruction sessions will aid students in developing their information literacy and research skills in identifying, locating, evaluating the credibility of, and effectively using information for their academic and personal needs. APPROVED
Public Services SAO:
Public Services will provide responsive and service-oriented support to the El Camino College learning community. Students and faculty will demonstrate awareness of and satisfaction with the range of services and resources available online and in-person via the Library Public Service desk, including Circulation and Reserves, in the Schauerman Library. APPROVED
The Library will continue to raise awareness of its resources through partnerships with ECC programs, discovering the information needs of students, and matching library services to the specific needs of our campus population via outreach work. APPROVED
The library supports and is responsive to campus programs, curriculum, and students’ research needs by developing and providing a robust and equitable collection in both print and online formats that is current, diverse, and accessible. APPROVED
The Library facilitates access to library accounts, collections and resources via the library’s service platform (LSP), discovery tools, and website supporting on-campus and remote users. - APPROVED
GENERAL SAO Projects (ALL Departments contribute):
- Assessment of general Satisfaction (traditionally assessed via a survey every second Fall semester)
- Web page improvement s/updates/additions done on an as-needed basis and measured via usage statistics
- Facilities and Emergency response planning (training, safety meetings, plans, signage) to be reviewed annually to ensure patron safety in the LLR
- Student Focus Groups on various topics/issues/areas