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Library Reopening Information

Montgomery College Library is open for in-person services. We are here to support you, whether you are using the library on campus or from home. We are resuming most of our in-person services while still maintaining the virtual services we adopted during remote operations. Please review this page for details about library access as we return to campus.

MC Library follows all Montgomery College health and safety guidelines, including rules regarding face masks. Please see the Coronavirus Response and Return to Campus page for more information.

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Health and Safety in the Library

MC Library has implemented several measures to help protect the health and safety of our users:

  • Reduced number of public computers, tables, and seating to support physical distancing
  • Installed plexiglass barriers at service desks
  • Installed hand sanitizing stations in multiple locations throughout each library
  • Providing disinfecting wipes for self-service in multiple locations throughout each library
  • Participating in COVID-19 cleaning protocols provided by MC Facilities

MC Library follows guidance from the Maryland State Library Resource Center (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) related to the handling of library materials.  Based on this guidance, the library has discontinued quarantining returned items. We are loaning all materials as we would under normal circumstances.

Library Hours

MC Library buildings are open. To protect our users and staff, we have reduced our regular, in-person operating hours. To view our current hours, visit the Library Hours, Locations, and Contacts page.

In-Person Library Services

The following in-person library services are available, in addition to our existing virtual services:

  • Browsing and checkout of materials, including textbooks, course reserves, and laptops and tablets (MC students/in-library use only)
  • Computer access
  • Printers, scanners, and charging stations
  • In-person and phone research assistance (with or without an appointment)
  • Disability support equipment
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Librarian-led instruction

The following services are not currently available:

  • Group study rooms
  • Instruction rooms
  • One Button Studio

Research Help

MC librarians are providing in-person and online research appointmentsnew window, phone research help, and online service through text, chat, and email during designated service hoursnew window. Learn more about all the ways we can help you with research.

Online Research with Library E-Resources

Although our buildings are open, our e-resources are still available to current MC students, faculty, and staff from anywhere. Learn more about what we offer on our research page. Before accessing library resources from off campus, you will be prompted to enter your M number, including the M and all numbers.

Student Access to Textbooks

The library has resumed purchasing print textbooks and will continue to buy e-textbooks when they are available.  To find out if the library offers your textbook, please check the Library Course Reserves link in your Blackboard courses. Learn more on our Finding Course Reserves Materials for Students page

Borrowing, Fines, and Fees

All library materials that were borrowed before Montgomery College began emergency remote learning (March 14, 2020) were due on August 30, 2021. If you return these items before October 15, 2021, we will waive the overdue fines. Overdue library materials that were borrowed before remote learning and that have not been renewed or returned by October 30, 2021 will be considered lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee plus overdue fines.  Please see our Borrowing, Renewing, and Fines Guidelines for more information.

Library materials may be returned to any library service desk or exterior book return box. Book return boxes are located on each campus as follows:

  • Germantown Campusnew window (click to view map): at the Humanities and Social Sciences (HS) building entrance located on the main quad across from the Student Affairs (SA) building.
  • Rockville Campusnew window (click to view map): behind Macklin Tower (MT) and across from Lot 9, directly on the right at the entrance of the short driveway to the MT loading dock.
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campusnew window (click to view map): directly outside the Resource Center (RC) building entrance on New York Avenue.

Instruction

Faculty members who would like to request an instruction session with a librarian for your class can submit the request through our Instruction Request Form and a librarian will be in touch with you. We are offering both in-person and virtual instruction sessions. Virtual sessions may be held synchronously, through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate, or asynchronously, as a recorded lecture through PowerPoint or video. 

Course Reserves

MC Library’s course reserves service allows faculty to make course-related materials available to students, either electronically or at one of the campus library service desks. We encourage faculty to use the e-reserves service for remote courses. More information and instructions are available on our Course Reserves page.

Click 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.

MC Library purchases textbooks (print or electronic, when available) for many MC courses. If we have purchased a textbook for your course, you will see it listed when you click "Library Course Reserves" in the left menu of that course's Blackboard site.

In addition, you can request that textbooks, books, or book chapters (among other types of materials) be added to the Blackboard site for any current course you are teaching. You can upload items, request that library employees pull items from our shelves or scan items (up to one chapter or 10% of a library-owned book), or bring your own materials to the library to be put on reserve.

With the number of remote classes and the continuation of the pandemic, MC Library understands that many faculty and students prefer that the library offer e-textbooks. Most traditional textbook publishers' business models prevent libraries from purchasing textbooks in electronic format. The good news is that the library has launched a new self-service platform to help faculty locate and adopt free e-textbooks and e-books for their courses. Faculty can use our self-service platform, Faculty Select, to locate and adopt high-quality OERs, e-books the library already owns, or e-books the library can purchase. With any of these options, the e-book will be provided to you and your students, completely free of cost, as part of z-course creation.

  • Adopt E-Textbooks for Z-Courses: locate high-quality e-books and e-textbooks that you can adopt as the course text for your course. All items on the Faculty Select platform can be provided to you and your students as electronic course materials, completely free of cost. 

The library can place articles on reserve for your class by providing either a PDF or a weblink in your Blackboard course. We have millions of scholarly and popular periodical articles available from over 100,000 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.
  • 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 Reserves: 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 Course Reserves in the left navigation menu.

The library can place physical DVDs or streaming videos from our collections on reserve for your class. The library cannot convert DVDs to streaming videos due to copyright restrictions. However, the library has access to thousands of streaming videos that we can place on reserve for your class. Access is provided via a weblink in your Blackboard course.

  • RaptorSearchnew window: search for DVDs and streaming videos by title 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 DVD or streaming video you'd like to use for your course, you can request a purchase.
  • Placing Items on Course Reserves: once you've found the DVD or streaming video 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 Course Reserves in the left navigation menu. 
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