Academic Libraries and Public Libraries
An Academic Library is a library that is run by and for an academic institution such as a college or university; Long Beach City College is an Academic Library. An Academic Library:
Supports the information needs of college students and faculty
Public Libraries are run by local government (usually at city or county level) for the entire community; the Long Beach Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library have locations serving this area. A Public Library:
Supports the larger community, collecting works of general interest
Does not collect textbooks or support specific colleges
Nearby Public Libraries
Most public library catalogs are accessible by the public on their website. Public library websites typically offer their cardholders access to subscription databases as well. In California, all public libraries that take state funding are required to make library cards available to any resident that wants one, but you will have to go to a library in person to obtain a library card. Once you have a card in hand, you can access the library's complete online offerings.
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