Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I log into the databases, e-books or streaming video from home?

1035 views   |   Last updated on Jan 20, 2015    login e-books streaming video databases

When the login page comes up login with the same user name and password you would use for MVConnect or Blackboard.  Once logged in your browser will keep you logged in as long as the browser is open.  You will be able to navigate through multiple library online resources during the same session.  To find out what your username and password is use the Account Lookup page If you’re still having tro... read more


How long can I check out a book or video (or any library materials)?

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Check out periods vary.  See the Lending Policies page for more details. ... read more


Can I print (color and b/w), copy or scan in the library?

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See the Computers, Printing, and Copying page for information on available printing (color and b/w) and copying (b/w). We also have public scanners. Ask for directions at the reference/information desk. Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using the equipment is liable for ... read more


What do librarians do?

594 views   |   Last updated on May 26, 2016    librarians information literacy

Most of the staff that you encounter in the library are not librarians.  The helpful library staff and student aids provide the check-out services, shelve the materials, process new materials and monitor behavior. Librarians have a master's degree in Library Science (MLS) or Library and Information Science (MLIS).  In academic libraries most librarians also have additional graduate degrees to supp... read more


Can I check out textbooks for my class?

573 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    textbooks reserves

The library has many, but not all, course textbooks on reserve, usually for 2 hour check out.  Textbook availability for a course varies by instructor and course section.  Search the library class reserves to see if we have your textbook.  It is helpful to know your instructor's name as well as the title, author and edition of your textbooks.    The MVCC bookstore’s online look up can help determi... read more


How do I get help citing sources?

554 views   |   Last updated on May 26, 2016    MLA citing APA

Need help with citing sources? Our Citing Sources Guide provides help and links to citation resources like the Purdue OWL and Easybib.  The guide focuses on help for APA and MLA styles.  Librarians are valuable resources for citation help in all styles.  If you need help understanding a citation style or have trouble with a particularly tough citation contact the librarians at the reference desk. ... read more


What are the fines for overdue or lost library materials?

502 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    fines overdue

Fines vary.  See the Lending Policies page for more details.  ... read more


Can I check out a calculator?

469 views   |   Last updated on Oct 29, 2015    calculators

TI-83, TI-84, TI-89 and some non-graphing calculators are available at the library circulation desk. Calculator check-out is either 4 hours or 2 days. If you would like to borrow a calculator for longer, consider borrowing a calculator from the math department. For more information on how you can borrow a calculator for a semester, look under Student Support on the Math Department page. ... read more


Where can I get an exam or test proctored?

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The library doesn’t offer any proctoring, but you can get an exam proctored at the Testing Center for a small fee. See the Testing Services page for more information on the Testing Center’s proctoring services. ... read more


How do I reserve a group study room?

438 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    group study rooms

The library has eight (8) study rooms (A,B,C,D,G,H,I,J) on the main floor of the library. Study rooms can facilitate 5 (Room A) or 8 users per room and are for group use only. A group is classified as two (2) or more people. Rooms may not be used by only one (1) person.  The Study Rooms may be reserved by students online from our Self Service Scheduling page.  Reservations can be made no more than... read more


Where is the Testing Center and what are its hours?

416 views   |   Last updated on Aug 22, 2016    directions testing center

The Testing Center is located in Building G, Room 231 (Campus maps).  The Testing Services page has hours and contact information. ... read more


What events are happening in the library?

408 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    podcasts events

The Upcoming Events page has the schedule of library events and presentations.  If you missed an event or presentation, the library Events Podcast page has podcasts of past library events. ... read more


If an article database does not have the full-text of an article, is there another way to get the full text?

407 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    interlibrary loan full-text articles databases

You can ask a librarian to help you see if we have the article in another database or in print or microfilm. If we don't have it, or even if you are not sure, fill out a request form on the Interlibrary Loan page and the article will be ordered from another library and arrive at our circulation desk in a week or so.  You will be notified by phone and e-mail when the article arrives. Usually there ... read more


Do you have e-books and streaming video?

404 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    e-books streaming video

We have a growing number of e-books and streaming online videos.  The E-book page gives links to our e-book collections and e-book catalog search.  Use this link to a catalog search that lists all of our streaming videos.  To view these online resources from off campus you will need to sign in with the directions on the sign-in page.... read more


Does the library have a fax machine?

394 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    fax

Unfortunately there are no public use fax machines on campus. The Computers, Printing, and Copying page has more information.   ... read more


Where is the Speaking and Writing Center?

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The Speaking and Writing Center is located in Building A, room A258. For schedule, services and more information see the Speaking and Writing Center page. ... read more


How can faculty put a book, video, article or other item on course reserve?

381 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    reserves

Information on reserves can be found on the Reserves page. ... read more


Where is the bookstore?

371 views   |   Last updated on Oct 29, 2015    directions bookstore

The bookstore is located in the D building on the first floor.  See the Bookstore web page for more information. ... read more


Can I make a book or video suggestion for the library?

361 views   |   Last updated on May 25, 2016    request suggestion

Yes, please use the online request form. ... read more


Where can I get a book, video, model, or article my teacher put on reserve for my class?

359 views   |   Last updated on May 26, 2016    reserves

Ask for the item by name and course number at the circulation desk by the front door.  If you don't know the name or title of the item you can use this catalog link: Search Class Reserve Materials . Search by your instructor’s last name or course number (i.e. COL 101). Librarians at the reference desk can also help with your search.... read more


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