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Community User Guidelines

Those who are not current students or employees of the College, including alumni and retirees, can use the library's resources and services as “community users.” Community users must be residents of Maryland or Washington, DC. Those under the age of 18 may obtain a community user card with the permission of their parent or guardian, who must be present to sign the application.

To get a community user card, visit the service desk of any MC Library location and complete our paper community user card application. You will need a photo ID with your current address listed, such as a driver's license. Public library cards or IDs issued by other colleges or universities are not accepted.

Community user cards are valid for one semester. You can renew your card by bringing your current photo ID to the service desk at any MC Library location.


Community users may check out a total of five items at a time and are restricted from checking out certain types of items. Community users are not eligible to place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request through the MC Library but instead should place requests through their local public or school library.

Technology and Study Spaces

Community users may use a computer workstation for up to two hours per day. Community users are not permitted to reserve or use our study spaces: group study rooms, One Button Studios, collaborative workstations.


Community users are welcome to do research with the library's print or e-resources from any MC Library location. Librarians are available to help you with your research. Community users cannot use library e-resources from off-campus locations.