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Come to AACC’s award-winning Andrew G. Truxal Library for research assistance, group study rooms and quiet spaces. You can research and study while enjoying views of the quad or the library’s green roof, or get cozy in a comfortable chair by the fireplace.

What can you find at the Truxal Library?

The library’s collection includes over 150,000 physical books, 114,000 electronic books, 15,000 online and print periodicals and 21,000 audiovisual resources available online and in house. The library provides access to more than 60 online databases, where most electronic resources can be found. You can also check out a number of anatomical and chemistry models for use in the library, as well as laptop computers, calculators, phone chargers, headphones, staplers, and more.

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Library Guides 

Get started with a step-by-step Research Process Guide, use the Citation Guide for citing in MLA and APA styles, and find Research Guides that describe how to access the best resources for a particular field of interest. Learn about Avoiding Plagiarism, Evaluating Websites, Writing College Papers, and more.

Library Catalog

Search for books, audiovisual materials, and reserve materials available in the library’s physical and online holdings. 

Library Databases

Find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, and get access to eBooks and online audiovisual materials. From off-campus sites, enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card.

Get Help with Research

Review FAQs about Truxal Library’s resources and services, ask questions by phone, text, email, or live chat, or set up an appointment to speak with a librarian online.

Learn more about using the Library

How to borrow and return

AACC students, faculty, and staff, faculty and students from other colleges, and county residents and workers age 16 and older may all use Truxal Library services and resources. These individuals can apply for Truxal Library cards or use their AACC photo IDs to borrow library materials and to access online resources from off campus. Those under age 16 can be issued a Truxal Library card with parental permission.

Learn more about how to borrow and return library materials.

Borrow items from another library

Truxal Library can borrow books from other libraries and obtain copies of articles for your use. This service is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and is usually free of charge. You need the barcode number from the back of your AACC Photo ID or Truxal Library card to complete an ILL form.

After you submit your ILL request, allow ten business days for the materials to arrive. The library will contact you to pick up your materials. Articles are sometimes received in electronic form and can be emailed to you. Circulation periods for books borrowed from other libraries are determined by the lending library.

For assistance, contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at or 410-777-2536.

Research services

Whether you are on campus or off-site, Truxal Library reference staff make it easy for you to get help! Not sure how to get started on a research assignment? Stuck in the middle of a project? Need help evaluating and citing your sources? Reference staff teach research strategies, recommend the best resources for a subject, and help find information that is hard to find, even on Google. Visit our Ask Us page to see all the ways to get in touch with a library staff member for research help.

For distance learners

The Library seeks to fulfill its mission by supporting students who are taking classes at a distance. Distance learners are students enrolled in online or hybrid classes, as well as classes at other AACC locations (Arundel Mills, GBTC, HCAT, or any other non-Arnold site).

For information on how to search for materials in our library, request materials from other libraries, order books for delivery to other AACC locations, and get help from a librarian at a distance, check out our Truxal Library for Distance Learners guide.

For faculty

Find out more about Truxal Library’s specialized resources and services for faculty, including information literacy instruction for your students whenever and wherever your classes meet, whatever the class format, even online; consultations for developing effective research assignments; reference services for faculty committee work, professional development, and research projects; course reserves, and much more

Library forms

Suggest an item to add to the library's collection.

Forms for distance learners 

Forms for faculty

User obligations and privacy expectations

Protecting the rights of users to view and read materials without fear of intrusion, intimidation or reprisal is a core value for libraries, and Truxal Library protects the privacy and confidentiality of its users in a number of ways. Confidential records include, but are not limited to: circulation records, interlibrary loan requests, registration records, reference requests, and catalog, database and internet searches. Acceptable uses of AACC computers are explained in the college’s College-wide Policies.

Library circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users are confidential and are prohibited from inspection, use, or disclosure, in accordance with Maryland law (Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article Section 23-107). Such records shall not be made available except pursuant to a lawful court order, search warrant, or subpoena. Requests for confidential library circulation records from a federal, state or local enforcement agency shall be referred to the Library Director.

Additional information related to library privacy can be found on the American Library Association's webpages on privacy and confidentiality. For more information about how AACC may use student information, view the college's policies on student records.

Library users are expected to be reasonably quiet and to refrain from cell phone use, smoking and using other tobacco products in the library.

Individuals who steal or damage books, audiovisual materials, or other library property may lose their library privileges and be legally prosecuted on misdemeanor charges according to Article ED section 23-408 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Users may be required to show all books in their possession to staff as they leave the library.

Truxal Library mission

The Andrew G. Truxal Library is committed to participating in teaching and promoting lifelong learning at Anne Arundel Community College and throughout Anne Arundel County by:

  • Providing services that foster student success and enrich student learning.
  • Establishing and maintaining access to information resources that support the college’s curriculum.
  • Teaching information literacy skills that empower students to effectively find, use and evaluate information.
  • Assisting in the assessment of student learning.
  • Collaborating in a spirit of collegiality with faculty in the process of teaching and learning.
  • Providing a source for intellectual, cultural and physical vitality in the community.
  • Creating an environment that welcomes a diverse college and community population by critically evaluating the library’s collections, programs and services on a regular basis.

Contact the Library

Do you need more answers? The library staff is here to help you!

General service numbers

Circulation Desk

Reference Desk

Library Instruction

Distance Learning

Interlibrary Loan

Collection Development

Department heads

Library Director
Cynthia Steinhoff

Access Services (Circulation, Reserves)
Christine Vasica

Distance Learning
Sophie Reverdy

Library Instruction
Brandy Whitlock

Cameron Caswell

Systems and Technical Services (Systems, Cataloging, ILL)
Michelle Robertson

Library Staff

Kay Cowherd
Cataloging Technician

Marisin Dixon
Reference Technician

Barbara Faulkner
Reference Technician

Mea Lee
Reference Technician

Jamie Myers
Circulation Technician

Danielle Noble
Circulation Technician

Nina Parikh
Reference Technician

Phylis Parker
Interlibrary Loan Technician

Casey Wade
Program Assistant

Elaine Donnelly
Cataloging Manager



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Andrew G. Truxal Library

Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012-1895

HOURS for 
March 2018*

8 a.m.-9:45 p.m.

8 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Noon-4:45 p.m.

*The college (and library) are closed Monday, March 12-Sunday, March 18 for Spring Break.

Please see our Google calendar for additional hours.