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The mission of the HCC Library is to inspire, promote, and strengthen lifelong learning throughout the HCC community by providing current collections and technology in support of the College’s institutional vision, mission, strategic plans, and educational programs.

Library Resources

NC Live features resources such as virtual workshops, online learning opportunities, articles, test prep, and more. This service is provided by the statewide library cooperative. 

HCC Library Videos provides a host of videos explaining the resources available to you presented by our Library Director which offers a first-hand look into what our library has to offer from a general overview to finding books and videos. 

Library Catalog

Online Catalog Resources provides students the ability to search other library resources in our region to find what they need. With partnerships established across Western North Carolina, students can find what they need at another educational institution.

Conduct a real-time search of publications available at our library. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please reach out to us as we can work with every NC community college library to get you what you need. 

Search the Catalog

If you’re interested in searching by subject, check out our Subject Guide search option 

Subject Guides


Online Databases & Journals

NC LIVE is North Carolina’s statewide library cooperative, supporting 200+ public and academic libraries across North Carolina. Since its founding in 1997, NC LIVE has saved the state millions through innovation and collaborative efforts.

Gale Pages offers an additional research opportunity for students with the ability to search by subject 

Academic Video Online provides video resources for students in a comprehensive collection with over 66,000 titles spanning numerous subject areas 

CREDO Reference provides students with a good base to start your research with background information available on practically any topic. 

TDS Health is on online resource for students in the healthcare field that are looking for library information specific to the healthcare industry, medical dictionaries, calculators, and more. 

Other E-Resources This collection of journals and online periodicals provides the capability to search a breadth of publications featuring in-depth articles from trusted sources. 

Citation Resources

Our citation resource page provides guidance for you to properly cite your sources. From MLA and APA styles for books and publications to referencing journals, this provides a master list of how to properly cite your references in your papers. 

Plagiarism & Copyright guidance is an important awareness as you build your reports for coursework. Understand what it means to plagiarize and the implications it could have on your assignments. 

Library FAQs

All patrons wishing to check out materials must present a valid library ID. Students, faculty and staff may register for a free library barcode sticker for their campus ID. Community members may register for a free Community Borrower's Card. The HCC Library reserves the right to suspend or revoke library privileges for any patron guilty of theft or misuse of library materials. A student found guilty of theft, mutilation or defacement of materials is subject to suspension from the college.

There is no limit on books or periodicals for HCC students, faculty and staff. Community borrowers may check out up to 10 books or periodicals. All patrons are limited to 3 DVDs at one time. Patrons are responsible for the safety, proper use and return of all materials.

Books may be checked out for 3 weeks, except for Reference materials, which do not circulate except by special permission from a librarian. Periodicals and equipment may be checked out for 1 week. Please see a librarian for more details. For more information about checking out equipment click on the Equipment Resources link on the left side of this page.

The library is no longer charging overdue fines for books and DVDs. Fines for overdue equipment are $.10 per day per piece of equipment. However, see below for charges related to lost or damaged items. All accounts must be cleared before a student is allowed to register for the following semester, to graduate, or to receive a transcript.

Patrons are charged the replacement cost for lost or damaged items.

Click the Library Catalog tab located near the top of the Library home page. Patrons may also access the catalog through the OPAC Online Catalog Resources page. This page contains additional links to the catalogs of a number of regional and state institutions including UNC-Asheville, Western Carolina University, the State Library of North Carolina and Haywood County Public Libraries.

Due to events surrounding the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the HCC Interlibrary Loan service may be more delayed than usual, and some libraries within the ILL system may not provide materials requested. Please contact the HCC Library staff for further questions regarding ILL requests.

If the HCC Library does not have a particular resource we can try to find it for you at another institution via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). All patrons in good standing are eligible to use ILL and the process generally takes between 5 to 10 business days for books, and 1-3 days for journal articles. For more information please see the Interlibrary Loan page.

You may also suggest a book for purchase.. Though we are not able to honor every request we are committed to building a diverse collection that serves the needs of our patrons and we welcome suggestions from all of our community members.

Course reserves are library materials that are placed on hold by an instructor for use by students in a particular class. This allows equal access to certain resources by all students who need them. Most reserves are for library use only though some may be checked out and taken home. Please ask for Reserve items at the Circulation Desk.

The HCC Library offers to its online learners all of the services that it does for its on-campus patrons. We are committed to making online and distance learning as convenient and informative as possible. For more information please see the online learning services page.

Students may also access many online databases and services, including NCLive and NCKnows, from their home computers. Please see our E-Research Tools for a list of online resources and remote login information.

The HCC Library has a wide selection of audiovisual materials and equipment available for check out by patrons in good standing. Certain materials are for classroom use only. Please see a librarian for more information, or click on the Electronic Resources link on the left side of this page.

Patrons may print from any computer or request photocopies at the circulation desk. The cost is 10 cents per page, 25 cents per page for color. Laminating is also available at a cost of 25 cents per foot. Work and school-related lamination is free for HCC faculty, staff, and students.

The HCC Library has computer stations and a computer lab with access to the Internet, online catalog, Microsoft Office, and NC LIVE. Scanners and a microfilm/microfiche reader are available for student use.

Library cardholders may check out any of the library's available equipment. Most equipment can be checked out for 7 days, with one renewal unless the item is on hold for another patron. More than one renewal may be granted under special circumstances; these exceptions are rare and never during times of high demand.

Certain equipment - such as laptops, iPads, hotspots, webcams, and headsets - may be needed for an entire semester in order for a student to take and complete classes. In these cases the equipment will, upon request, be checked out until the end of the current semester. Such equipment must be returned immediately upon the completion of that semester.

Overdue fines are $.10 per item per day for all equipment. Certain items are available for classroom use only. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the library staff at 828-627-4550 or via email at

HCC Library Equipment List

  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • WiFi Hotspots
  • Webcams
  • Headseats
  • Digital video projectors
  • Projection screens
  • DVD player
  • External DVD drives
  • Audio players
  • Overhead projector
  • Slide projector

Information Technology Services has created a set of tutorials to help configure your device for HCC wireless access. If you need further assistance please contact the I.T. Department at 828.565.4009.

You may bring library-friendly drinks and snacks to the HCC Library. Covered drinks--travel mugs, bottled drinks with caps, lidded cups--are library-friendly. You may also drink coffee purchased at the library’s coffee bar. Snack items such as packaged crackers, cookies, pretzels, granola bars, nuts, raisins, M&Ms, etc. are allowed when consumed responsibly. Fast food items or meals from any outside vendor, including the Sunrise Cafe, must be eaten outside or at the place of purchase. Because we want to promote sustainability and operate in an environmentally-friendly manner, we respectfully request that you leave no trace. When you leave, throw away or pack out your trash from food and drinks. You can also recycle your plastic drink bottles and aluminum cans in containers located around the library.

The HCC Library Internet Guidelines are provided for HCC students to support their educational needs and for HCC faculty and staff to support their professional activities. All HCC users are responsible for using the Internet in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner and are expected to adhere to applicable copyright and fair use laws. Internet access is a privilege, not a right, and as such can be withdrawn from those who use it irresponsibly.


  1. Acceptance of Internet configuration and software files constitutes agreement with the policies outlined below.
  2. Users have access to a wide variety of information via the Internet. The availability of such information does not imply that HCC approves or endorses its content. Additionally, there is no guarantee of the validity or accuracy of information accessed.
  3. Users of HCC Internet services should be aware that files and electronic mail are not private.

Allowed Uses of the Internet

  • Research
  • Online assignments

Disallowed Uses of the Internet

  • Illegal, illicit or inappropriate purposes
  • Commercial purposes
  • Altering system files, utilities or features

Internet Resource User Priorities

  1. HCC Curriculum Students
  2. HCC Faculty and Staff
  3. Affiliated Institution Users
  4. Community Users (includes Continuing Education)

HCC Library staff monitor all electronic activities to ensure computers are available to meet student research needs.

The primary purpose of the HCC Library's public access computers is for library-related research and/or study. Priority will always be given to HCC students needing computers for research purposes.

During busy periods, library staff maintain the right to ask anyone using computer network resources for non-classroom purposes to relinquish the computer to students who need it for research purposes.

Failure to follow the HCC Computing Services policy may result in disciplinary action or loss of library privileges.


Contact Us

M-Th: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
The HCC Library will be CLOSED May 23rd thru May 30th

Chat with a Librarian - available evenings, weekends, and during unexpected closures