Library Policies

Circulation Policies

Circulation is the library’s term for lending and borrowing materials from the library’s collection. The purpose of the MCC Library’s circulation policies is to encourage timely and equitable access by MCC students, faculty, staff and community borrowers to materials they need for learning, research, teaching and pleasure.

All library materials, including reserves, must be properly charged out and their prompt and safe return is the personal responsibility of the individual to whom they are loaned.

MCC students will not receive a physical library card. Current students’ information will appear in the library database and students can borrow library material by providing library staff with their name and Banner ID number. A MCC Library card is required in order for guests to borrow. Any Connecticut resident 15 years of age or older with ID containing both name and address may be issued a library card. Children under 15 who are currently enrolled in a MCC college program may be issued a library card with the consent of a parent or guardian. Under no circumstances may a guest patron borrow library resources without a current MCC Library card.

The privilege of borrowing is a personal one and may not be transferred. A patron who has lost their library card or had their library card stolen must report it immediately to the library staff. Patrons are responsible for returning library material by the due date and in the same condition as when it was borrowed. If library material is damaged, missing, lost or stolen, patrons are responsible for any assessed replacement costs.

Loan Periods

  • Books and Audiobooks: 3 weeks with a 2-week renewal on or before the due date.
  • Best Sellers: 2 weeks, no renewals.
  • DVDs and Compact Discs: 1 week with a 1-week renewal on or before the due date.
  • Laptops: Students, Faculty & Staff: 2-days, no renewals.
  • iPads: Students: 2-days, no renewals; Faculty & Staff: 1-week, no renewals.
  • Reserve Materials: 2 hours in library; 1-day, 2-day or 1-week (loan period specified by instructor). Reserve items that circulate outside of the library may be renewed only if there is another circulating copy of the same item on the shelf. All other reserve items may not be renewed. Reserve fines are $5 per day if late.

Loan Limits

  • MCC students may have up to 10 items charged out at any one time.
  • MCC faculty and staff may have up to 20 items charged out at any one time.
  • Community borrowers may have up to 5 items charged out at any one time.

The following limits apply to all patrons:

  • 3 DVDs per patron at any one time
  • 2 Best Sellers per patron at any one time
  • 5 CDs per patron at any one time

Overdue Fines

  • Overdue reserve materials are $5 per day up to a maximum of $75 per item.
  • Overdue  iPads are $5 per day up to a maximum of $75.
  • Overdue Laptops are $10 per day up to a maximum of $100.

Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy to remind forgetful borrowers that an item should be returned. Failure to receive a notice does not absolve a borrower of the responsibility to return the item to the library in a timely manner.

Replacement Costs

If library material that has been charged out to a borrower is lost or damaged, the borrower is responsible for all replacement costs, including a $10 processing fee for each item.

Those students who have unpaid fines or unpaid bills for lost/damaged materials may be blocked from registering for further courses or from receiving their degree. As soon as the materials are returned, or the bill is paid, the charge will be removed from the borrower’s record.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Any one of the following problems on a patron’s record may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges:

  • 1 lost item
  • 2 overdue items
  • $5 or more in overdue fines

A blocked borrower will not be permitted to borrow any materials, including reserves, unless the materials are returned or the bill is paid.

The Manchester Community College Library asks that borrowers be courteous to others and return materials on time.

The library reserves the right to amend policies as deemed appropriate.

General Library Policies

It is the policy of the Manchester Community College Library to offer to all library users an environment that is conducive to research, reading and study. Patrons are asked to observe the following guidelines:

  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all areas of the library.
  • Library users may bring small, odorless food items into the library; however, no food is allowed near the computers or in group study rooms.
  • Drinks are allowed but must be in spill-proof containers.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Cell phone ringers should be turned off.
  • Children under 12 may not be left unattended.

By enforcing these guidelines, the library is ensuring a pleasant and productive environment for study and research to all library users.

The following information is provided to help patrons better understand the services that the library has to offer.

Reference Services

Reference assistance is available during library hours. The reference librarian on duty will be glad to assist you with your research and to help you search our various electronic databases and the Internet. Reference staff are unable to offer individual assistance with word processing and other Microsoft Office products.

Circulation/Reserve Services

The Manchester Community College Library is open to students, faculty, staff and community residents. Any Connecticut resident aged 15 years or older with valid identification may obtain a library card and borrow library materials. Children under 15 who are currently enrolled in a MCC program may be issued a library card with the consent of a parent or guardian. Library card applications are available at the circulation desk. The library has books, CDs, audiobooks and DVDs for loan.

Reserve materials are those materials instructors have put aside for the students in their classes. Reserve items are kept at the circulation desk, and may circulate in the library or out of the library. They may be loaned to MCC faculty and MCC students. Loan periods are specified by the instructor.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary Loan is a service through which materials in other libraries can be acquired. This service is available to all Connecticut residents with a valid MCC library card. Request forms are available on the library’s website.

Periodical Services

Periodical is the library term for magazines, journals and newspapers. The library subscribes to over 400 periodicals, in either paper or online format. Please view the MCC Periodicals list to see what the library subscribes to. Note: Periodicals do not circulate outside of the library.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available for groups 1 to 4,  2 to 6, and for groups of 6 or more people. Group study rooms can be used for up to 2 hours at a time on a first come, first served basis. Study rooms can be reserved up to 2 weeks in advance using the online reservation system at libcal.manchestercc.edu.

Guest Computer Use

Community members may use 6 designated guest computers. There are 2 computers located near the print release stations that are designated specifically for use by guest borrowers/community members.  While MCC guests may use the 4 remaining computers, current MCC students, faculty and staff always have priority use.  Use of guest computers is limited to a maximum of 2 hours per day.

Fireside Commons

The Fireside Commons is designated as the library’s quiet study room. However, there are times when functions are scheduled for this room. During those times, every attempt will be made by the group scheduling the function to post signage indicating the day/time of the function.

Donations

The MCC Library reserves the right to accept or decline offers of donated materials. Donated materials will be assessed for their relevance to the library’s collections and may be added to the collection or given away at the library’s discretion.

Library Garden

The Library Garden is available during warmer months for patrons to enjoy. The library asks that patrons be courteous, bring in any library materials they have taken out to the garden area and to dispose of all trash. Smoking is prohibited in the garden.

Library Conduct Policies

It is the policy of the Manchester Community College Library to offer to all library users an environment that is conducive to research, reading and study. To maintain this environment, the following behavior policies have been adopted and will be enforced by library staff.

Behavior Policy

Unacceptable behavior is disruptive behavior that impinges on the rights and needs of others. Examples of unacceptable behavior are:

  • Excessive noise (loud talking, singing, cell phones, rowdiness, playing a musical instrument, radio or computer games).
  • Mutilation or theft of library materials or property.
  • Disorderly, disruptive or threatening behavior (approaching patrons or staff and engaging in unwanted or inappropriate interaction, threats to personal safety of patrons or staff, disorderly or destructive behavior, violent behavior).
  • Consumption of messy food or tobacco products in the library.
  • Sexual offenses (indecent exposure, inappropriate sexual advances or harassment, either physical or verbal).
  • Remaining in the library after closing or when requested to leave at closing time or during emergency situations or drills.

Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices Policy

  • Please turn off cell phone ringers while in the library.
  • iPods, Laptops, CD/DVD players, radios and must be used with headphones. If others can still hear it, it is too loud. Headphones are available for checkout at the circulation desk if needed.

Food and Drink Policy

  • Library users may bring small, odorless food items into the library; however, no food is allowed near the computers or in group study rooms.
  • Food will be permitted for college functions held in the Fireside Commons and in staff areas.
  • Drinks are allowed but must be in spill-proof containers with lids.

Dress Code Policy

  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.

Under Age Policy

  • Children under 12 may not be left unattended in the library.
  • Children under 12 are not allowed to use the library computers or A-V equipment without the assistance of a parent or guardian.
  • Children, as all patrons, are asked to keep voices down while in the library.
  • Children must be 15 years of age or older to obtain a library card, or must be enrolled in an MCC program.
  • The library does not censor library materials. Therefore, it is the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility to determine whether the material their child is reading, viewing or listening to is appropriate for their child.

Group Study Room Policy

The library has five group study rooms available for use by individuals and groups. Group study rooms are intended for academic use. The BLUE and MAGENTA group study rooms are available for groups of 1 to 4 people, the GREEN and ORANGE group study rooms are available for groups of 2 to 6 people, and the large group study room (A121) is available for groups of 6 or more people.

Study room use by individuals or groups is limited to a 2-hour maximum per day; individuals or groups may use the rooms more than once in a day as long as the total time for the day does not exceed two hours.

  1. All study rooms can be reserved ahead of time. Reservations can be made online up to 2 weeks in advance. When not reserved, these rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Individuals and groups MUST check in at the circulation desk to obtain a room pass before entering the rooms. Failure to check in may result in reservation cancellation after the 10 minute grace period.
  3. Reserved group study rooms will be held for 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes a group has failed to show up to use a reserved room, the reservation is forfeited and the room may be used by another group.
  4. Abuse of the group study room policy by making multiple bookings on the same day for the same core members of a group, and by using multiple and varied Banner numbers and/or email addresses will result in all members of the group being banned from using the group study rooms for the remainder of the semester. By these actions group members are intentionally ignoring the spirit of these policies and are preventing other groups from having a fair chance to use the rooms. This includes multiple individuals who, in cooperation with each other, book consecutive 2-hour blocks of time to extend their stay beyond the 2-hour daily limit.
  5. There will be a one warning policy. If Library staff have to speak to a group/individual more than once concerning violation of study room policies, all members of the group shall be banned from use of the study rooms for the remainder of the semester.
  6. The large group study room (A-121) is kept locked and is only opened for booked groups. This room may be used for up to two hours at a time, unless booked for a college-sponsored activity, in which case it may be booked for a longer period of time.
  7. Library policies on food, drink, cell phones, electronic devices, dress, behavior and children apply to all group study rooms.

Closing Policy

The library will close to the public at posted times. It is necessary for patrons to exit the library at these closing times. While library staff may give verbal reminders shortly before closing, the absence of a reminder does not absolve patrons of the responsibility for exiting the library in a timely manner. In order to facilitate the smooth closing of the library, library staff requests the following:

  • Patrons using computers must save and/or print 15 minutes prior to closing to ensure that they get the material they need and that there is time to address any computer or printer problems that might arise.
  • All items to be charged out must be brought to the circulation desk 15 minutes prior to closing.
  • All photocopying should be completed 15 minutes prior to closing.

If in Violation of Library Policies…

  • Any individual identified by Manchester Community College Library staff as exhibiting unacceptable behavior will be asked to cease the offending behavior or to leave the library.
  • If, after a request to cease their unacceptable behavior, a patron continues to behave in an unacceptable way, the patron may be asked to leave with no further requests to cease such behavior.
  • If an individual refuses to comply with a request to cease unacceptable behavior or to leave the library, the campus police will be called to handle the situations.

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