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GRCC expands laptop vending machine program

The laptop vending machine at Tassell M-TEC.
The laptop vending machine at Tassell M-TEC.

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.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation provided funding to purchase the additional equipment.

“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.

A student uses her RaiderCard to check out a laptop from the library circulation desk.You can also borrow laptops from the GRCC library’s circulation desk.

If you need use of a computer for more than four hours, head to one of our computer labs:

  • ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab, room 215 in the ATC, is open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Sneden Computer Lab, room 215, is open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:30 a.m. to noon Fridays.

GRCC students may read New York Times for free

GRCC students have complimentary access to The New York Times online!  It’s a $110 value.

If you signed up last year, you’ll need to reaffirm your logon for this academic year’s access.  Whether you’re a returning or a new user – activate your logon today – for free:

  • Enter Grand Rapids Community College in the “Find school” field.
  • Click “Go” and then click “Create Account,” using your GRCC email address and a password of your choice.
  • Follow the screen prompts to activate your Group Pass.

After your Group Pass has been activated, you may enjoy access to NYTimes.com from any internet-connected network or location.

Mobile users may download free New York Times apps.

For more on New York Times Online, see the GRCC library’s NYT Subject Guide.

Check GRCC library for copies of textbooks for temporary use

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.

Your RaiderCard has many uses

All GRCC students get a RaiderCard — and it’s more than just your college ID!

You can use your RaiderCard to:

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.

Library starts fall schedule on Aug. 27

The library will have adjusted hours in the upcoming weeks before starting its fall semester schedule.

Adjusted hours:

  • Aug. 16 and 17 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 20 to 24 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall semester hours, from Aug. 27 through Dec. 4:

  • Mondays through Thursdays — 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Fridays — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays (starting Sept. 8) — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 2 and for Thanksgiving from Nov. 21 to 25.

Library offers new biology database

GRCC’s library now offers access to more than 325 full-text biology journals through ProQuest Biology Journals!

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:

For more biology resources, see the Biological Sciences Subject Guide.

Library adds CandidCareer.com interviews to collection

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.)