Library Services

The Atlanta Technical College (ATC) LIbrary is located on the south end of the campus in building G. The state-of-the-art facility spans more than 16,000 square feet and features group study pods,a film editing suite, an electronic classeoom and contemporary display cases. It also houses the Dr. Bob holmes Law Library.

The ATC library collection contains over 51,000 items including books, technical manuals, professional journals, popular periodicals, and supplements to library materials. In addition, more than 30,000 eBooks are available to users.The ATC Library is also a great resource form faculty and staff. It houses a variety of media equipment that can be used for instructional purposes.

More than 120 computer workstations available in the library. These workstations provide access to the library’s online catalog (OPAC), the Internet, Microsoft Office Suite, and research databases (GALILEO). All workstations have word processing, spreadsheet, and database software capabilities.

The Library offers a variety of instructional programs and services. Online tutorials, research related resources and research instruction are available to students, faculty and staff. Library orientation and bibliographic instruction are available to all by appointment. The library staff recommends that instructors schedule customized library instruction for their students during class sessions.

Printed instructional guides and brochures are available during library hours. However, with online capabilities, database tutorials, library orientation and search techniques instruction for research can be accessed remotely at anytime.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Electronic interlibrary loan service form

InterLibrary Loan is a free service for faculty, students and staff of Atlanta Technical College. As a member of the Georgia Online Database ( GOLD) and the Library Network LYRASIS, the library is able to access, request and borrow resources from other libraries across the region and state by means of a computer database.

A patron can request any journal or book, but not all materials requested are available. The Atlanta Technical College library is subject to the restrictions of the lending institutions regarding items requested, the loan period and renewals. Students, faculty, and staff can only use InterLibrary Loan for books, periodicals, or individual articles that cannot be obtained online in full text. Each institution has a different lending (ILL) policy. It is important to complete the necessary forms and be in contact with library staff during this process. InterLibrary Loan request forms must be completed and submitted to library staff. This is a free service and it normally takes two to three weeks for processing. All materials borrowed through the ATC InterLibrary Loan service must be returned promptly when due.

Circulation of Materials

Books from the general collection are circulated for a two week period and media items are circulated for a one week period. Only Atlanta Technical College students, faculty, and staff can borrow up to 5 books. Books in the general collection may circulate for a 2-week period. They can be renewed once. Media items circulate for one week. There are no renewals. A patron is limited to two media items. All materials circulated during each quarter are due back to the library the last day of final exams at the end of each quarter. Faculty and staff have special borrowing privileges and access to other resources upon request. In order to borrow materials, utilize the copier and computer lab in the library you will need an ATC picture identification (ID) card and a library account, which can be created by a library staff member at the circulation desk. Each patron is responsible for items checked out on his/her card.

Non-circulating Materials

Reference materials, and periodicals do not circulate for students. Reference materials include almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, maps and atlases.


Instructors can place books, periodicals, articles, and videotapes on reserve each quarter for student use. Reserve means that the requested materials are available for two-hour use in the library only. If the patron keeps the library material beyond the two hour time limit, he/she will be assessed a fine of $.50 for each hour over the time limit.

Book Returns and Fines

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure the return of the library materials by the due date and in the same condition as when they were checked out. Books may be returned at the Circulation Desk in the library or in the Book Return Drop Box (Red Mailbox) at the front entrance of the Academic Complex Building.

  • The charge for an overdue book is 20¢ per day after the initial two-week checkout period.
  • The charge for a lost book is the cost of the book. The late fee is waived.
  • All fines must be paid in full by the last day of the quarter. Students with outstanding library fines will have a hold placed on their account and will not be able to conduct school transactions such as registration.

Circulation Services

Students using library circulation services must adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Must be currently enrolled or employed by ATC. Students must have a current Atlanta Technical College Picture ID card. Present your card each time you want to borrow materials.
  2. Adhere to the two-week checkout period. (Faculty and staff may make arrangements with the librarian for longer terms).
  3. Adhere to one renewal policy if the book has not been requested by another student.
  4. Five-book checkout limit. (Faculty and staff may make special arrangements with the librarian for more books).
  5. There is a 20¢ per school day charge for overdue items. The charge for a lost item is the cost of the item. If the lost book is found and returned, a late fee of $10.00 will be charged.
  6. Unpaid fines and/or overdue books will result in the student's account being immediately placed on hold.
  7. Reference materials, periodicals and newspapers do not circulate. (Faculty and staff may make arrangements with the librarian for circulation).
  8. Irrespective of the loan period, all loaned materials are due on the last day of each quarter.

Catalog System

Atlanta Technical College Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System, which organizes information alphabetically into 20 broad subjects, which are broken into smaller topics.

Examples of this classification system can be found below.

How Library Of Congress Classification System Works

Books in the Atlanta Technical College Library Congress Call Numbers. Each letter or two letter combination represents a subject area. To find the call number of a book, use the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) on campus or off campus at this web site.

A: General Works

  • AE: Encyclopedias
  • AG: Dictionaries

B: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

  • BF: Psychology
  • BJ: Ethics

C: Auxiliary Sciences of History

  • CB: History of Civilization
  • CT: Biography

D: History (General) and History of Europe

  • DA: Great Britain
  • DS: Asia
  • DT: Africa

E: History: America

  • E184.5-185.98: Afro-Americans
  • E337 – 738: Nineteenth Century
  • E740-889: Twentieth Century

F: History: America

  • F: Local, Regional
  • F281-295: Georgia

G: Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

  • G: Atlas & Maps
  • GE: Environment
  • GN: Race & Culture
  • GT: Church
  • GV: Sports & Games

H: Social Sciences

  • HG: Finance
  • HM: Sociology
  • HN: Social History

J: Political Science

  • JS: Local government
  • JV: Emigration & Immigration

K: Law

  • K85-89: Legal research
  • K3154-3370: Constitutional law
  • K3615-3622: Food, Drugs, Cosmetics

K: Law

  • K85-89: Legal research
  • K3154-3370: Constitutional law
  • K3615-3622: Food, Drugs, Cosmetics

L: Education

  • LB1139.2-1139.9: Early childhood education
  • LB3011-3095: School management and discipline

M: Music, Books on Music

  • ML: Literature on music

N: Fine Arts

  • N: Visual Arts
  • NA: Architecture

P: Language, Literature

  • PE: English, grammar
  • PN: American literature
  • PN1008.2-1009.5: Juvenile literature
  • PS: American literature
  • PZ: Fiction & Juvenile

Q: Science

  • QA75-76: Computer Software
  • QA150-272: Mathematics - Algebra
  • QM: Human Anatomy

R: Medicine

  • RA: Public Health
  • RC:  Internal Medicine
  • RK: Dentistry
  • RM: Pharmacology
  • RT: Nursing

S: Agriculture

  • SF: Pharmacology

T: Technology

  • TH: Building Construction
  • TL: Motor Vehicles
  • TX: Home Economics - Culinary

U: Military Science

  • UA: Army: Organization, distribution, military situation

V: Naval Science

  • VA: Navies: Organization, distribution, naval situation

Z: Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources (General)

  • ZA: Information resources

Shelving and Locating

Items are shelved by call numbers - in both alphabetical and numerical order. The letters at the beginning of the call number are alphabetical. The numbers immediately following are in basic numerical order, i.e. 5 then 6, 50 is after 49 and before 51, and 100 is after 99. Thus,

QD 1
  QD 2
A 31
  QD 3
Z 4
  QD 29
C 3
  QD 30
A 2

The cutter numbers (A3, A31, Z4, C3, and A2 in the above example) are sorted first by the letter and then by the number as a decimal. For QD 1 A5 think of it as being QD 1 A 0.5, for QD 1 A332 read QD 1 A 0.332. Therefore,

QD 1
  QD 1
A 31
  QD 1
A 311
  QD 1
A 4
  QD 1
A 41
  QD 1
A 415
  QD 1
A 42

Dates, volume and issue numbers, copy numbers, and other annotations are like an additional cutter number but are shelved by basic alphabetization (numbers alone come before letters):

Q 10
C 3
  Q 10
C 3
  Q 10
C 3
  Q 10
C 3
copy 1
  Q 10
C 3
copy 2
  QD 1
A 5
Vol. 1
  QD 1
A 5
  QD 1
A 5
Vol. 2
  QD 1
A 5
Vol. 2

Tips for Finding Books on the Shelf

Read call  numbers line by line.

Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...

The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, e.g.: .C65 = .65 .C724 = .724

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1985, 1991, 1992..

.M before .Y    .34 before .55    .554 before .63





QA before QB       .B before .C     .55 before .554    1987 before 1991


The Atlanta Tech library subscribes to about 190 periodicals. Additionally, through GALILEO access to more than 250 databases, GALILEO provides links to hundreds of journals, government documents and other materials. Some journals and government documents have web links to full text of the content.

Hardcopy Periodicals (Magazines, journals, etc.) owned by the library cannot be checked out. They are categorized alphabetically in a special area. The library has both current and back issues periodicals/magazines to support all programs of study. Listed below are a few examples.

  • American Journal of Nursing
  • Automotive Body Repair News
  • Electronic Design
  • Legal Assistant Today
  • Appliance Service News
  • Builder
  • Art Culinaire
  • Modern Health Care
  • Transmission Digest
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Journal


The library subscribes to newspapers that support some programs of study. In addition to print editions, there is access to other newspapers through the GALILEO databases. Some online local news sources are listed below.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Fulton County Daily Report
Macon Telegraph Atlanta Business Chronicle
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Atlanta Voice
Atlanta Nation USA Today
Daily Herald - Henry County Los Angeles Times
Decatur - The Champion New York Times
Marietta Daily Journal Chicago Tribune
Clayton Daily News Fayetteville Citizen

Printer and Copier Services

The ATC Library uses the Pharos system for payment of all printing from the computer labs and for all students photocopying. Library printing and photocopying are fee-based, self-serve services available through your ATC student ID and library account

Charging to Print and Photocopy using Library Accounts

Students may add credit to their library account by using the ADD/Value machine located by the circulation desk on the wall. The ATC picture ID card may be credited and re-credited as long as the card is in good condition. The ADD/Value machine accepts $1, $ 5, $10, $20 bills and coins but it does not give change. It credits your account for the amount deposited. Refunds are not available.

Printing and Photocopying Costs
Black/white printing is available for .05¢ per page.
Color printing is available for .50¢ per page.
Photocopies are .10¢ per page and/or per side.

Fax Services

The library provides free FAX services to Atlanta Technical College students to local and toll free telephone numbers. For services, please come to the circulation desk.


An orientation to the library and library services is available for all students and staff. The ATC Faculty Orientation Procedures Manual contains a section outlining library and library services for faculty and staff. The Library participates in quarterly new student orientation. Additionally, a User Guide to ATC's Library Services is disseminated to all new students. A PowerPoint presentation is used to acquaint online students with the library and library services. The library provides bibliographic instruction to classes as requested by faculty.

ATC faculty who wish to schedule classes for bibliographic instruction or an orientation should complete the Bibliographic Instruction and/or Library Orientation Request Form. It is available at the circulation desk.

Library User Computer Guidelines

The ATC library provides computers for patron’s use. All workstations in the library computer lab are connected to the Internet. Students must adhere to the Atlanta Technical College Computer Acceptable Use Policy and the ATC Library Acceptable Computer/Internet Use Guidelines. The policy and guidelines are posted in the library lab area.

Students are encouraged to make the greatest possible use of these computers within the following guidelines.

  1. No food or drink allowed.
  2. Silence pagers and cell telephones. Cell telephone use is not permitted.
  3. Class assigned projects have priority. Be courteous.
  4. The workstations can be used for personal and recreational web browsing. The library staff recognizes the educational value of this activity and encourages it, but requires that any workstation in use for this purpose be relinquished to any student needing to perform research or class related activities if no other workstation is available.
  5. Do not change the configuration settings or the library set up or software.
  6. Report hardware problems and viruses quickly.
  7. Workstations must not be used to interfere with the work of other students, faculty or staff or to interfere with the normal operation of the college information systems or connecting networks.
  8. Ordinary e-mail usage is permitted but definitely not the use of real time chat, e-mail chain letters or automated bulk mailing programs.
  9. Messages that are lewd, obscene, abusive, derogatory or otherwise harassing are not allowed.
  10. Any activity that would violate laws of the United States or the State of Georgia is not allowed.
  11. With your library privileges you agree to abide by the acceptable use policy and avoid using the computers to access internet sites which may be considered pornographic, lewd, obscene, abusive, derogatory or otherwise harassing.

All computer users should be aware that it is possible to trace all links to the Internet from Atlanta Technical College computers and computer facilities. Atlanta Technical College reserves the right to monitor and record the usage of all computer resources if prohibited, threatening, or abusive behavior has been observed or reported. Failure to adhere to this standard of behavior could result in suspension of usage privileges, or other discipline as appropriate.

Library Forms and Request

Library and Media Requisition Recommendation Form

The purpose of this form is to gather information for new collection materials for the library at Atlanta Technical College. Students, staff, and faculty at Atlanta Technical College may use this form. The librarian reviews all requests with consultation from respective division heads. Other considerations include budget and availability of resources through other means such as GALILEO or electronic libraries.

Computer and Media Equipment

Only faculty and staff with a library account are allowed to check out the library's computer and media equipment. An account can be created at the Circulation desk by library staff during business hours.

Equipment is not allowed to be checked out for longer than two business days. If equipment is needed longer than the permitted time, please specify the reason. When submitting your request, please provide the following information: contact information (name, phone number and email address), type of equipment needed, purpose for equipment, and the date and time for pick up and return.

Available Equipment:

  • Dell Laptop computers
  • LCD Projectors
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Slide Projector
  • TV/VCR Combo
  • DVD
  • Televisions
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Cassette Recorders
  • Flipper port (visual apparatus)
  • Projector Screen
  • Digital Cameras

Email computer or media equipment request as an attachment to

Cooperative Agreement with Atlanta Metropolitan College

Atlanta Technical College students, faculty, and staff may use the Atlanta Metropolitan College Library. You must present a valid Atlanta Technical College Student I.D. card and adhere to the policies and guidelines of Atlanta Metropolitan College Library. Library instruction is not available to Atlanta Technical College students. If there is a need to schedule a general orientation of their facility, a minimum group of five must complete the necessary forms here at the Atlanta Technical College Library.

TCSG Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement

It is the policy of the technical college libraries to permit borrowing of materials by currently or employed faculty, students, and staff of other TCSG colleges. Each technical college assumes fiscal responsibility for materials not returned by their constituent members.