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HCTM First Year Survival Guide


Introduction to Campus Libraries

Durham College has two libraries spread across two campuses:

  • North Oshawa Library
  • Whitby Library

Most books, technical papers, standards, and any other physical resources for students in the HCTM program will be located at the North Oshawa Library (50 Founders Drive).

Note that you are not allowed to eat food of any kind in the library due to past issues with maintenance and pests.

The library provides access to carrels, group study tables, 160 PC workstations, a 3D printer, recording room and three accessible workstations. You can check out ear plugs, phone/laptop chargers, calculators, and various other supplies at the Circulation Desk.

Group Study Rooms

There are 10 bookable study rooms in the North Oshawa Library that vary in capacity and size.

Guidelines for room booking:

  • You can only book room in advance for the current day and following day
  • You can only make 20 bookings per term
  • Rooms are only available for 2 hours per day
  • Rooms will only be booked successfully when the minimum number of people have signed up for that booking

You can book the rooms through the room booking tool on the library website.

Study Spaces

There are all sorts of different spaces in the North Oshawa Library to match every study need and style. The library is divided up into zones which dictate the level of noise permitted.

  • Green zones: regular level noise is allowed. This includes all areas of the first floor, the library den, enclosed stairwells, and group study rooms.
  • Yellow zones: only low-level noise (quiet talking) is allowed. This includes open stairwells and most areas on the second and third floors.
  • Red zones: absolutely no noise is allowed. This includes the silent study room on the third floor and the entire fourth floor.

Floor plans for each floor, along with its noise zone designations, can be found here:

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