Library Access for Remote Learning Period
Montgomery College Library will be updating this page with information about continuity of library resources and services during the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to meet student and faculty needs during this time.
To view the latest information from Montgomery College, visit the Coronavirus page.
If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to share information about library remote access with your students, please share our library remote learning flyer (PDF, ) .
How can we help?
- I need to know when the library is open.
- I need help from a librarian.
- I need to do research (find articles, ebooks, streaming videos) from home.
- I'm a faculty member and I need the library to provide remote instruction to my students.
- I need to know what to do with library materials I have checked out and whether I'll be charged fines.
- I'm a faculty member and I need to help my students access course materials and textbooks remotely.
- I need to know if I can borrow items from another institution.
- I need help with something else.
MC Library buildings will be closed until the College determines that it is safe for them to open again. To view the latest opening hours, visit our Library Hours, Locations, and Contacts page.
Research help is still available! MC librarians are providing chat research supportnew window Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for College-recognized holidays. We also have 24/7 support available through a librarian cooperative and questions can be submitted at any time.
During the period of remote learning, please use our e-resources to continue your research and learning. Current MC students, faculty, and staff can access our e-resources from any off-campus location. Before accessing from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your M number, including the M and all numbers. Learn more on our Access Library E-Resources page.
Search most of the library's e-resources at once! Find articles, ebooks, videos, and more.Access RaptorSearch
See a list of every database available through the library, with options to filter the list by subject or type.Access Databases A-Z
Locate a curated list of databases relevant to your academic subject for more targeted searching.Access Databases by Subject
During this unprecedented time in higher education, our publishing partners and vendors are providing additional temporary open access to e-resources for our faculty and students. Please use the resources on this guide for instruction, lesson planning, and assignments to enhance your online/remote learning.Access Newly-Free E-Resources
If you are a faculty member who has scheduled or requested an instruction session for your class, a librarian will be in touch with you to discussion options for offering the instruction session online in either a synchronous or asynchronous format depending on the needs of you and your students.
If you are a faculty member who would like to request an instruction session with a librarian for your class during the remote learning period, please submit the request through our Instruction Request Form and a librarian will be in touch with you to discuss options.
MC Library requests that anyone with library materials checked out keep the items until further notice. Fines and due dates will not be enforced during this period and there is no need to renew your items. The library will set a due date for these items when the College determines the date for regular operations to resume. Students, faculty, and staff with items checked out will receive an email with the due date in their MC email once that due date has been determined; community users will receive an email at the email address provided when they completed their library card application. We will also post the modified due date here at that time.
MC Library course reserves service allows faculty to make course-related materials available to students, either electronically or at one of the campus library service desks. During the period of remote learning, we encourage faculty to use the e-reserves service. More information is available on our Course Reserves page and for instructions on placing a course reserves request, please visit our Placing Items on Course Reserves page.
Click around below to learn how we can help you connect your students to different types of course-related materials. If you would like help identifying or locating items for your class, contact a librarian who specializes in your subject area through our Connect with Your Librarian page.
Because the library facilities are closed, our textbook reserves collection is not currently available and we are unable to place books on reserve at the service desk. In addition, our staff does not have access to our buildings, so we also cannot scan book chapters or excerpts of books and provide them as PDFs. However, the library has been growing our eBook collection rapidly during remote teaching and learning and we encourage faculty to consider using eBooks in their instruction.
Most traditional textbook publishers' business models prevent libraries from purchasing textbooks in electronic format. Therefore, the library is unable to purchase eBook versions of textbooks. The library can work with faculty to help identify eBook alternatives that may be adopted as a substitute for a traditional textbook or as part of a Z course. Faculty can contact Beth Thoms, collection development librarian, to explore licensed eBook options as textbook alternatives.
- RaptorSearchnew window: search for eBooks by title, author, or subject to view what the library already has in our eBook collections.
- eBook Databasesnew window: see the library's databases with eBooks.
- Request a Purchase: if the library doesn't own an eBook you'd like to use for your course, you can request a purchase.
- Placing Items on Course Reserve: once you've found the eBook(s) you'd like to use, follow the instructions on this page to request that we place it on reserve for your class. Once on reserve, your students can access it directly from your Blackboard course by clicking on Library in the left navigation menu and then Library Course Reserves.
The library can place articles on reserve for your class by providing either a PDF or a weblink in your Blackboard course. Though we do not have access to our print collections, we have millions of scholarly and popular periodicals available, including newspapers, magazines, and journals.
- RaptorSearchnew window: search for articles by title, author, or subject to view what the library already has in our collection.
- Journals by Title or Subjectnew window: if you are looking for a specific publication, use this list to see if the library has access to it. Note that we cannot place entire issues of a periodical on reserve.
- Interlibrary Loan: if the library doesn't have access to an article you'd like to use for your course, you can request that we get it from another institution.
- Placing Items on Course Reserve: once you've found the article(s) you'd like to use, follow the instructions on this page to request that we place it on reserve for your class. Once on reserve, your students can access it directly from your Blackboard course by clicking on Library in the left navigation menu and then Library Course Reserves.
Because the library facilities are closed, we cannot provide access to our physical DVDs. In addition, the library cannot convert DVDs in our collection or personal copies provided by faculty to streaming videos due to copyright restrictions. However, the library has access to over 120,000 streaming videos and we can place our streaming videos on reserve for your class, providing access to them via a weblink in your Blackboard course.
- RaptorSearchnew window: search for streaming videos by title, author, or subject to view what the library already has in our collection.
- Streaming Video Databasesnew window: see the library's databases with streaming videos.
- Request a Purchase: if the library doesn't own a streaming video you'd like to use for your course, you can request a purchase.
- Placing Items on Course Reserve: once you've found the streaming video(s) you'd like to use, follow the instructions on this page to request that we place it on reserve for your class. Once on reserve, your students can access it directly from your Blackboard course by clicking on Library in the left navigation menu and then Library Course Reserves.
Effective immediately and until further notice, borrowing and lending of physical Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items is suspended. We will continue to fulfill borrowing and lending requests for electronic items. To learn more about ILL or place a request, please visit our Request an Item page.
During this period of remote learning, the MC Library is here to support you. If you have questions or concerns about anything related to the library that are not addressed on this page, please be in touch with us via our chat servicenew window. During the hours listed above, a member of the MC Library team will get you the answers you need. Outside of those hours, a librarian at another institution will help you 24/7.