Library - Sidney Silverman Library


Main Building/Pitkin Education Center, L-Wing, 2nd Floor

Paramus Library Hours: (201) 447-7131 or visit

Paramus Service Desk: (201) 447-7970

Meadowlands Location: 1280 Wall Street, Lyndhurst, 2nd Floor

Meadowlands Library Hours:

Meadowlands Service Desk: (201) 301-9692

Computer Services

The Library offers networked computers with high-speed Internet access, wireless access (non-networked), and specialized student computer labs. Students may borrow mobile devices from Media Services. Priority on Library computers is given to Bergen Community College students engaged in course-related work. Printers and photocopiers are available. Currently, scanners are available at the Paramus location.

Help for Students

Experienced library staff is available during regularly scheduled hours to help students and to offer guidance in using the Library’s extensive collection of print and electronic resources.

Library Instruction

The Library works in partnership with classroom faculty to provide students with instruction in basic research techniques and database searching.

Library Collection

Library materials are selected with consideration for the diverse educational needs and interests of students, faculty and staff. The collection contains books, ebooks, streaming video, newspapers, journals, and extensive electronic holdings available 24/7, via the Library’s website. The Library collection also includes a full range of DVDs and CDs on a variety of subjects. Textbooks and multimedia materials are available on reserve at the Service Desk.

Media Services

Students are encouraged to visit Media Services for tablets, e-readers, and other equipment to support academic pursuits.

Other Services

Adaptive equipment is available for students with special needs and includes text magnifiers and workstations equipped with screen magnification and screen reading software. The Library also has an extensive collection of close-captioned videos.

Multimedia Labs

The West Hall Multimedia Labs, located in Rooms W-211 and W317 on the College’s main campus in Paramus, are high-tech multimedia centers for teaching computer animation, video editing, electronic music, audio mixing and orchestration, and video game design. The Multimedia Labs provide art, music and broadcasting students with exciting opportunities for cutting-edge experimentation in 2D and 3D computer animation, video post production, DVD authoring, and in all areas of computer generated music composition and performance. The HP xw8400 workstations are loaded with Avid Softimage XSI, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Video Production Studio, Macromedia Flash, Corel Painter, Avid ProTools, Sound Forge, Reason, and Cakewalk Sonar. Each station is connected to the College’s Avid ISIS media server and has access to Avid Mojo and M-Powered equipment. The labs each contain synthesizers/samplers in which music students create their own compositions using the latest technology involving sequencing, editing, and mixing, to a final CD of their own music.