Hours and Frequently Asked Questions
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Libraries Hours

Fall & Spring Hours:

Monday - Thursday:            8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday:   8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday:    9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Sunday:   Closed


Summer Hours:

Schauerman Library:            Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30  p.m.
Music Library:   Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Both Libraries are closed:    Friday - Sunday: Closed



Schauerman Library
El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506

Telephone Information

(310) 660-3519

Periodicals & Reserve
(310) 660-3593 x3528

Bibliographic Instruction
(310) 660-3593, ext. 6006

Music Library
(310) 660-3593, ext. 5024

Reference Desk
(310) 660-6483

Library and Learning Resources Divison Office
(310) 660-3525



How do I get a library card?

The El Camino photo ID card you are issued also acts as your library card. You need to come to the Schauerman Library Circulation desk to get the card activated and into the library system before you can use it to check out materials. These cards are obtainable from the Student Development Office in the Student Activities Center.

Is the library card free?

Yes, the card is free. It is recommended that you keep the card the entire time you are at ECC, as the same card is simply renewed/updated each semester.

How can I return library books when the library is closed? 

Two options are available to return books after hours:

1)    Book return slot on the front of the library

2)    Locked book return box in front of the Campus Theatre.

Please remember, a 25-cent per day will be charged for overdue General Collection materials. The fine for overdue Reserve materials is 25 per hour.

Can I get text books in the library?

The Periodicals/Reserve desk keeps copies of some ECC text books. Please check with this desk about a particular title.

Will someone show me how to find the books and use the computer resources in the library?

Many Faculty bring their classes to the library for an orientation and bibliographic instruction - this allows students to have a brief tour and an overview of how to access the most commonly used databases and print tools. If you have not been on such an orientation,  or feel you still have questions, the Reference staff will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.

Can I check out periodicals?

No, paper copies of the periodicals are not available for checkout. You may use your library card at the Periodicals desk to have access to back issues to photocopy.

Also, printing, downloading and e-mailing of full text articles from certain periodical and newspaper databases is available.

Can I get a card if I am not a student at El Camino ?

You can join the Friends of the Library for $25 per year and get a card by virtue of your membership.

Can I get a job working at the Library?

 Yes, there are limited jobs available for student help.

Can I plug in my laptop in the library?

There are electrical outlets for laptops, and wireless Internet access from some areas within the library.

Do you have color copiers? Word processing? Scanners? Fax machines?

  • Color Copier: is available in the Microfilm room. Cost: 50 cents/page.
  • Word Processing and Scanners: are available in the Library Media Technology Center (LMTC) located in the East Wing Library basement.
  • Fax Machine: Schauerman Library does not have fax machine for student use.

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