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Students at Texas Chiropractic College have access to a number of different library collections to support and enhance their learning experience. Each of these collections have slightly different parameters for patron access and borrowing privileges.
The library maintains an Online Public Access Catalog, or OPAC, to help locate library materials. The library’s OPAC uses the EOS software. Audiovisual materials, journals, and books are all listed in the EOS catalog. Students may access the catalog via the Internet.
The majority of TCC’s books belong to the General Collection. These resources cover a wide range of biomedical subjects, including preclinical sciences, general medicine, alternative therapies, and allied health.
This is an open-shelf, circulating collection arranged according to the National Library of Medicine classification system. Chiropractic books are marked with a yellow “Chiropractic” label.
This collection consists of current classroom textbooks and class notes placed on limited circulation by instructors. Because these materials are crucial to everyone’s studies, the library strives to balance fair access to availability and security. Some items may circulate overnight but must be returned by 9 a.m. the following day. All other items in this collection are restricted to library use only.
Materials in this collection include periodical indexes, abstracts, dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, and source books. These resources are all for library use only.
Items having historical value to the College are housed in the Special Collections. Some of the formats found here are books, photographs, portraits, and manuscripts.
The library maintains a collection of approximately 1,000 audiovisual titles, including videotapes and DVDs, CDs, slides, and anatomical models to complement the curriculum and individual studies. Some AV materials may be borrowed overnight; others are for library use only.
Current issues of journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the main reading area. Back issues are bound and arranged by title on the shelves just beyond the current periodicals. A list of print holdings is available in the reference area. The Periodicals Collection is restricted to library use only.
The library also subscribes to numerous online journals that may be accessed via the off-site database collecations.