Library Reopening Information
Montgomery College Library is excited to be reopening for in-person services. This page will provide regular updates during our gradual, phased reopening.
With the health and safety of library users and staff our priority, we have modified our physical spaces as follows:
- Plexiglass barriers at service desks
- Physical distancing protocols
- Hand sanitizing stations in multiple locations throughout each library
- Reduced number of public computers, tables, and/or seating to support physical distancing
- Disinfecting wipes for self-service in multiple locations throughout each library
- COVID-19 specific established cleaning protocols from MC Facilities, including frequent cleaning of all campus spaces multiple times per day
We also request that all visitors continue to follow CDC guidance on how to best protect yourself and others: maintain physical distance, wash your hands frequently, stay home and contact your doctor if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.
To view the latest information from Montgomery College’s return to campus plans and guidelines, visit the Coronavirus Response and Return to Campus page.
If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to share information about continuing 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 to know what in-person services will be available and unavailable.
- I need help from a librarian.
- I need to do research (find articles, e-books, streaming videos) from home.
- I need to know if my textbook is available online from the library.
- I need to know what to do with library materials I have checked out and whether I'll be charged fines.
- I need to know if I can borrow items from another institution.
- I'm a faculty member and I need the library to provide remote instruction to my students.
- I'm a faculty member and I want to know how to access library tools through Blackboard.
- I'm a faculty member and I need to help my students access course materials remotely.
- I need help with something else.
MC Library buildings will be open starting August 2. 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.
As of August 2, the following services will be available:
- Browsing and checkout of materials
- Textbook and course reserves
- Public computer access
- Laptop and tablet lending (MC students only)
- Printers, scanners, and charging stations
- In-person research assistance (with or without an appointment)
- Disability support equipment
- Interlibrary loan
Until further notice, the following services will not be available:
- Group study rooms
- Instruction rooms
- One Button Studio
Delivery of services will be reassessed between August 2 and August 13 to determine if adjustments are needed based on user demand and available staffing.
MC librarians are providing in-person and online research appointmentsnew window, as well as online service through text, chat, and email during designated service hoursnew window. Our subject and course research guides and distance education guide can also connect you with resources and help you learn to do research.
Our e-resources are still available to continue your research and learning. Current MC students, faculty, and staff can access our e-resources from any on or off-campus location. Before accessing them 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, e-books, 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
The library will resume purchase of print textbooks for the fall 2021 semester and will continue to buy e-textbook copies when they are available. To find out if the library offers your textbook in print or online, please check the Library Course Reserves link in the appropriate Blackboard course, following the instructions on our Finding Course Reserves Materials for Students page.
Library materials may be returned to any of the library's service desks or exterior book return boxes. 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.
All library materials that were borrowed before Montgomery College began emergency remote learning on March 14, 2020 are currently due on August 30, 2021; that due date will not be automatically extended by library staff. Fines will begin to accrue for any materials not returned or renewed by August 30, 2021. Any accrued fines will be waived for library materials returned prior to October 15, 2021. Overdue library materials that were borrowed prior to remote learning and that have not been renewed or returned by December 23, 2021 will be marked “lost” in our system and be subject to a replacement fee plus overdue fines. Please see our Borrowing, Renewing, and Fines Guidelines for more information.
Borrowing and lending of physical interlibrary loan (ILL) items will resume on August 2. To learn more about ILL or place a request, please visit our Request an Item page.
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. We are offering instruction sessions either synchronously through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate or asynchronously as a recorded lecture through PowerPoint or video.
MC Library has partnered with ELITE to integrate library resources and services into each Blackboard course at MC. Blackboard-library integrated tools are library course reserves, library research help, and for faculty: embed library instructional content. Learn more on our Library-Blackboard Integration page.
Students and faculty can access these tools by clicking on the three library links in the left course menu in their Blackboard course.
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.
You can request that items be added to any current course you are teaching. You can upload items, request that library employees pull items from the shelves or scan up to one chapter or 10% of a library-owned book, or bring materials to the library to be put on reserve.
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. Between our print and electronic collections, 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 reserves for your class. The library cannot convert DVDs – whether from our collection or personal copies provided by faculty – to streaming videos due to copyright restrictions. However, the library has access to thousands of 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 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.
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.