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Insider's Guide to the CCA Libraries: Home

Overview of all the Libraries have to offer including resources, research assistance, & special collections.

Library Cheat-Sheet


What's the difference between Meyer and Simpson Library?
  • Meyer Library on the Oakland campus is the original library of the college, founded in 1907. Its collections focus on the fine arts and the general undergraduate course of study.
  • Simpson Library on the San Francisco campus was established in 1986 to support the architecture and design programs, and also has resources for fine arts, film, and writing.

What are the hours, addresses, and phone numbers?

You can find that information from the Library homepage under library Info » Hours

What are the CCA Libraries' policies about working in the library and borrowing stuff?

You can find that information from the library homepage under Library Info » Policies

How do I get a book from the other campus?

If you cannot get to the other campus, you may request up to three books per day via the circulation desk. If you need help determining the specific item to request, ask a reference librarian for advice. Delivery takes 24-72 hours. Reference books and periodicals are not usually available via this service.

Where do I return items?

Materials may be returned to either library. In San Francisco, return items to the circulation attendant at the desk next to the front door. If the library is closed there is a return box outside the front door of the library. In Oakland, place items in the circulation box slot at the front circulation desk. When the library is closed there is a return slot between the front doors of Meyer Library.



*Artwork by Meyer Library Public Services Manager, Nancy Chan

Get your library card!


Your CCA student ID card is your library card.

Take it to the circulation desk at either library to obtain a library barcode. The registration process takes about 5 minutes.

3-Minute Intro to CCA Libraries

Learn about library policies, locations and resources in our very own Library Orientation Video.

Chat with a Librarian

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Get access to library resources online!


Your CCA webmail and password gets you in!

To access online resources from home, start at the library homepage and click the link. If you are prompted to login, just type in your webmail address + password to get access.