New Off-Campus Login Screen

January 29, 2016

The way you login for off-campus Library resource access is changing! See the new screen below.

All users will use their BlackBoard/MyUHV (UHV) or Pirate Portal (VC) login. Though it looks different, it works the same. UHV login works the same way it always has; the VC login button will take you to the Pirate Portal login screen, where you will login. Once you click the login button there, you should be passed through to the resource you need.

It will take us about a week to get all of our resources switched over so for a little bit, you might see a combination of the old and new login screens – depending on what resource you need to use. We will try to make this process as easy for you as possible.

The end result will be a faster, more secure login.

Questions or problems with your login? Call the Library at 361-570-4166.


Go Set a Watchman

January 21, 2016

Media Item of the Month:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Harper Lee is most known for her Pulitzer Prize winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird. In 61lFywIUwzL._AA300_2015, Lee published a new novel called Go Set a Watchman.

Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman in the mid-1950s but did not publish it until recently. Go Set a Watchman tells the story of 26 year old Jean Louise Finch (more commonly known as Scout) when she returns to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father. In the book, Jean Louise learns some hard truths about her family & friends and she must learn to face a transforming South.

Go Set a Watchman is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, and humor. Although it was written in the 1950s, many of the lessons of the book are still relevant today.

Go Set a Watchman is available as an audiobook in our Media Center.


Proxy Server Reboot

January 21, 2016

UPDATE: The proxy server reboot is complete. If you have any problems access the online databases from on or off campus, please call the Reference Desk at 361-570-4166.


The VC/UHV Library needs to reboot the proxy server on the morning of Thursday, January 21, 2016. While we are rebooting the proxy server, you will not be able to access any online databases. This is a necessary reboot and the estimated down time is 10 minutes. 

An update to the proxy server reboot will be posted on this blog and on the VC/UHV Library Facebook page.

Please let us know if you have any questions or have any issues accessing the databases once the reboot is complete. You can call the VC/UHV Library at 361-570-4166 or contact us through out Ask A Librarian page.

Do we have your textbook?

January 19, 2016

We understand the cost of higher education is high. Students, rightly so, want to keep their costs as low as possible. At the beginning of every semester, we have students coming to the VC/UHV Library asking if they can borrow their textbook from us. We do not college-textbookspurchase textbooks for the courses at VC & UHV. We can’t keep up and our budget can’t either.

There are, however, different online companies available that offer students an alternative to purchasing their textbook at the bookstore. Many of these online companies give students the option to rent their textbook. Yes, rent! That means students can order their textbook at the beginning of the semester for a price much lower than purchasing it, use it for the semester, and then send it back when they are finished.

If you are interested in renting your textbook instead of buying it, check out some of these websites below. This list represents a small percent of the companies available – you can also search the internet for more options.

Or if you do want to purchase your textbook, many of the websites listed will allow you to purchase them at a discounted price.

The Victoria College Bookstore does have a limited selection of textbooks available for rent. You can contact them for more information at (361) 572-6430.

Links to the websites above do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content. We strongly recommend that you review the policies of any outside websites you visit from this site, since you will be subject to the privacy, security, and accessibility policies of those other sites.

Scheduled Network Upgrade

December 17, 2015

MaintenanceThe library website will be unavailable due to a scheduled UHV network upgrade from December 28-30. During this time, the library web resources will be unavailable as our web server and proxy server will be affected.

2015 Holiday Hours

December 15, 2015


Holiday cheer is in the air. People are baking cookies, wrapping presents, and getting ready for the new year.

With the festive spirit comes the end of the fall term (yay!) which means the VC/UHV Library will be adjusting its hours for a short time. Our adjusted hours will be:

  • Thursday, December 17: 7:45 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 18: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, January 3: Closed
  • Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 9: Closed
  • Sunday, January 10: Closed
  • Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 16: Closed
  • Sunday, January 17: Closed
  • Monday, January 18: Closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The VC/UHV Library will resume Spring Semester hours on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:45 AM. All of our hours are posted on the library’s online calendar.


New Library Guides

December 7, 2015

Throughout the fall semester, the VC/UHV Library has added some new Library Guides to assist you with your research. You can find the new guides in the list of all guides or you can click on the individual links below.

Kinesiology – This subject guide is filled with resources for you to explore the world of kinesiology. You’ll find links SPORTDiscus and Academic Search Complete – important databases for finding scholarly articles. There are also links to professional organizations like the American Kinesiology Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Newspapers – If you need current or historical newspapers, this is the guide for you. We have links to local newspapers along with links to our newspaper databases so you can access national and international newspapers. You’ll also find links to large collections of digitized historical newspapers.

Political Science – The next presidential election is in 2016 so check out this guide to stay informed on political events and topics. There are links to databases for you to search for scholarly articles, electronic book databases, and videos. Additionally, the guide has links to resources to find political data and statistics.

World Music – Do you want to learn about music from countries and cultures around the world? If so, this is the perfect research guide for you. We have links to print and electronic books to get you started. You’ll also find a link to Naxos Music Library – a database where you can listen to your favorite world music.


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