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The center of any place of learning is the library. At AACC, the library is your one-stop shop for all your research needs – whether you’re looking for research assistance, a computer lab or just a quiet space to study by the fireplace.

What can you find at the Truxal Library?

The Library has a collection of over 150,000 books, 202,000 electronic books, 6,000 print and electronic periodicals, 9,000 audiovisual items, access to 60 electronic databases and a number of science models selected to meet the needs of our students.

Using the Library

To quickly get started with your research, use the following resources:

At the request of instructors, librarians provide specialized instruction on using Library resources to individual classes. If your instructor has not scheduled an instructional session for your class, please come to the Library's Reference Desk for help with your research needs. You can also get started with the information below.

How to Borrow and Return

AACC students, faculty and staff, county residents and workers, school children, and faculty from other colleges may all use the Truxal Library. Borrowers must present their library card in order to borrow materials.

Learn more about borrowing materials from the Library.

Borrow Items from Another Library

The Library can borrow books from other libraries and obtain copies of articles for your use. This service is called Interlibrary Loan (or ILL for short) and is usually free of charge. All you need is an AACC Student ID or Library Card and a completed ILL form.

Submit your request to the library and allow ten business days for the materials to arrive. The library will contact you to pick up your materials at the circulation desk. Articles are sometimes received in electronic form and can be e-mailed 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.

Library Web Forms

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

Forms for distance learners: 

Forms for faculty:

Research Services

The Truxal Library has a professional staff of Librarians and Reference Technicians able to assist you with your reference inquiries. The Reference Desk, located on the main floor of the library, is staffed during the hours of library operation. While students, faculty, college-affiliated patrons and residents of Anne Arundel County are our primary patrons, anyone who comes to the library may use the services of the reference staff free of charge. Whether your question is esoteric or mundane, short or lengthy, our reference staff will help you with your information quest in a timely and efficient manner!

  • Visit with a librarian in the reference area during library hours.
  • Call a librarian for research help at 410-777-2456.
  • E-mail a librarian your questions / Escribirnos un E-mail:
  • Request an appointment by calling 410-777-2456.

For Distance Learners

Many of the library’s resources and services are based online. Students who are taking classes online or at another location have access to all of these online services.

Information for distance learners.

User Obligations

Readers are expected to maintain reasonable quiet and to refrain from using cell phones, eating, drinking, smoking and using other tobacco products in the Library.

Individuals who steal or damage books, 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 the Circulation Desk staff as they leave the Library.

Privacy Expectations and Mission

Protecting the rights of library users to view and read materials without fear of intrusion, intimidation or reprisal is a core value for AACC. Truxal Library protects users’ privacy and confidentiality. Confidential records include but are not limited to circulation records, registration records, reference requests, reference and Internet searches, and interlibrary loan requests. Acceptable uses of AACC computers are defined in the Computer and Electronic Communication Access and Usage at Anne Arundel Community College Policy published in the College Catalog.

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 Policies can be found on the American Library Association's web page on privacy and confidentiality.

For information about how the College may use student information, view the College's policies.

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.

Our Staff

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)
Kim Kraus

Distance Learning
Sophie Reverdy

Library Instruction
Brandy Whitlock

Cameron Caswell

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

Library Staff

Circulation Technician

Kay Cowherd
Cataloging Technician

Marisin Dixon
Reference Technician

Barbara Faulkner
Reference Technician

Mea Lee
Reference Technician

Danielle Noble
Circulation Technician

Nina Parikh
Reference Technician

Margo Parker
Circulation Technician

Phylis Parker
Interlibrary Loan Technician

Casey Wade
Program Assistant

Elaine Donnelly
Cataloging Manager


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Visit the Library

Andrew G. Truxal Library

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

HOURS for Fall 2017

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.

Please see our Google calendar for additional hours.


Need research help?

Check out our guides for specific assignments, citations, writing college papers and more.

How to Borrow and Return

Information for Faculty