GRCC is expanding the number of campus laptop vending machines, making the free technology resource available to more students.
In a pilot program last year, GRCC installed a machine that dispenses laptops for up to four hours of use without charge in the Student Community Center’s counseling area. More than 500 students checked out laptops, logging about 660 hours of use.
A vending machine remains in the counseling area. Two machines have been added:
On level G2 of the Main Building — 12 laptops available.
At Tassell M-TEC — six laptops available.
By the Counseling and Career Center — six laptops available.
“We want to remove barriers to success, and not every student has access to computers at home,” President Bill Pink said. “The laptop vending machines are one way we can eliminate barriers and ensure all students have access to resources they need.”
To use the vending machines, you enter your last name on the touchscreen and then swipe your RaiderCard. You can use them for four hours. When you’re finished with your work, insert the laptop back into the machine, where any information left on it is wiped clean and its batteries are charged for the next user.
If your textbook isn’t available at the bookstore, or you’re waiting for your copy to arrive from an online vendor, don’t fall behind in your assigned reading!
The GRCC library might have a copy of the textbook that you can use in there until yours is available. You can search by course listing or by your professor’s name. Most academic departments put one copy of their textbooks onto the library’s Course Reserve. If yours isn’t there, ask your professor to place one on Course Reserve.
Textbooks are not the only titles on Course Reserve. Faculty members often put personal copies of books, or ask that the library’s copies of books and DVDs go onto the Reserve. Questions? Contact the circulation desk at (616) 234-3872, or, take a look at the Course Reserve Subject Guide.
Get free admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the John Ball Zoo through the Go See GR program.
If you haven’t gotten your RaiderCard yet, you need to bring a photo ID and your student number to the Student Life office (room 02 in the Student Center) or the Tassell or Thompson M-TECs. The first card is free; replacements cost $10. You can also get your RaiderCard during Raider Rally: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 25 in the Student Life office.
You can put money on your RaiderCard through your eAccounts website or the RaiderCard mobile app. You can also use one of the RaiderCard machines on campus.
Whether you search the databases separately or as a component of ProQuest Central, you will discover full-text articles from some of the most popular scholarly and professional resources for users in academic, government and public research environments. (Off-campus users will log on with their last name and seven-digit Raider number.)
Titles available from ProQuest Biology Journals include:
You can get a new slant on possible careers through a recent addition to the GRCC library’s streaming video collection.
The library’s license with Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online now includes CandidCareer.com, 161 short video interviews “with industry professionals, giving students a realistic view of a particular path from college to career.” The videos cover a wide variety of industries. (Off-campus users will need to log on with their last name and 7-digit Raider number.)
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