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Collections

The library provides students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges access to over 2.1 million resources in a variety of formats.

Books

The library’s sizable print collection covers topics in arts & humanities, social sciences, STEM, and interdisciplinary fields. In additional to print books, the library has a significant collection of electronic books provided on a range of platforms, most of which can be either downloaded or read online. This search will return only items held by The Claremont Colleges Library–you can change the scope of the search using the left side panel on the results page.

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Databases & Journals
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Course Readings

Books, DVDs, and other course materials are available on the second floor of the library in our Course Readings Area.

These materials are meant to be easily accessible to your entire class throughout the semester. Students can use these materials in the Course Readings Area of the library or check them out for 4 hours at a time.

Please ask at the Main Services Desk for assistance with any Course Readings.

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Government Documents

The Claremont Colleges Library is a United States Federal and California State depository library. We have been a federal depository since 1913 and a state depository since 1952.

Almost all current (since 2006) government documents are available electronically through Library Search. Records for selected documents back to 1976 are also available via Library Search. You can search by subject, title, or the Government Documents number (not a piece of information you usually have).

International Government Documents (IGO’s); California State and Local (most) are cataloged using LC classification and integrated into the library’s main collection. They can be found using Library Search.

U.S. Documents in print are filed using Sudoc (Superintendent of Documents) classification system, and about 80% of post-1976 documents are available through Library Search. Most pre-1976 documents are not available using Library Search. They are housed in the U.S. Government Publications collection on the first floor of Mudd.

California State Government Documents are classified using LC Classification, available via Library Search, but housed in a separate location, at the end of the U.S. Government Documents Collection on the first floor of Mudd.

Local Government Documents are scattered, mostly in the main stacks, available through Library Search, and not currently collected.

British Government Documents (a substantial print collection) are not classified or in Library Search. They are housed in a separate collection located at the beginning of the U.S. Government Documents collection on the first floor of Mudd. There are some finding tools shelved at the beginning of the collection.

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Archives and Special Collections
Asian Library
Digital Collections