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General Information

The Fasken Learning Resource Center (LRC) consists of two primary service units: the Library, occupying the ground floor, and Media Services, located on the second floor in Room 224. LRC staff are always available to assist the user.

Operating hours are subject to change. During Fall and Spring semesters, they are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, and Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM-10:00 PM. When Winter and Spring classes are in session, the LRC is open to students from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, except on campus holidays.

Borrowers' Cards
Students: A Midland College I.D. card, validated for the current semester, serves as the library card. It must be presented at the Circulation Desk at time of checkout of materials.

Special Patrons: Residents of Midland County who are 18 years or older may apply for a special patron library card at the Circulation Desk. The application process takes five working days. Cards may be renewed annually in August. The card must be presented at the Circulation Desk at time of checkout of books.

Loan Periods
Circulating books are loaned for two weeks and may be renewed.

Book Collection
General Collection:
The Library has a collection of over 62,000 volumes arranged by Library of Congress classification. The primary focus of the collection is to support the college's instructional program.

Special Collections: The Library has two special collections, Health Sciences (HSL) and Law. Law materials are not included in the catalog. Both collections are located near Room 125 in the southeast corner of the main floor.

The Reference Desk is centrally located on the ground floor. The Reference Collection is housed in the counter-height shelving in the main reading area of the Library, and includes indexes, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, bibliographies, atlases, and other materials for in-house use. Please ask for assistance at the Reference or Circulation Desks.

The Reserve Collection, adjacent to the Circulation Desk, consists of books, photocopies, loose-leaf materials, and audiovisual materials which are placed on reserve at the instructor's request. These materials may not be taken from the Library except at the expressed request of the instructor. A valid I.D. card must be left at the Circulation Desk while using Reserve materials.

Media Collection
Many audiovisual materials are available for students to check out for a period of one week. Other materials are reserved for viewing in study carrels in the library. Among the many resources are DVDs, compact discs, and videocassettes which include both feature films and documentaries on many topics.

Computer Catalog
The Library's online catalog, "WebCat", is a means of searching for materials by author, title, subject, or keywords. It is available at the following Internet address:

Internet Access
To assist students in instructional research, 12 PCs with networked printer provide full Internet access adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

The Library subscribes to over 300 magazines, journals, and newspapers. Current and bound periodicals are shelved on the northwest side of the Library; microform back-files are located in the Periodicals Room 105. Please refer to the Midland College Serials Holdings List for our complete holdings. Periodicals do not circulate.

A coin and bill-operated photocopier is located near the southeast stairwell on the main floor. Microform reader-printers are provided in the Periodicals Room for copying magazine articles in microfiche or microfilm formats.

When the book, article(s), or audiovisual material you need is already in use, you may place a hold on the item at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified when the material is returned and available for your use.

Interlibrary loans are available to faculty and students of Midland College. Once located, items will usually be available within two weeks. Please ask about this service in the Periodicals Room 105.

Book Return
A book drop is located at the Circulation Desk. When the LRC is closed, books may be returned through outside book drops, located in both pillars on the front porch of the LRC

The Library does not provide copies of textbooks selected for use in courses at Midland College, unless the instructor has placed copies on Reserve. Course- related textbooks must be purchased in the College Bookstore.

Word Processing & CAI
In the General Purpose Student Lab Rm. 213, students have access to e-mail, word processing software, and the Internet. In addition many computer assisted instruction (CAI) programs are provided on a wide range of academic subjects and disciplines.

Food & Drinks
Food and drinks are not allowed in the LRC.

Smoking is not allowed in the LRC.

A public telephone is located in the front foyer on the ground floor.

Unreturned Material
Unreturned books or other material at semester's end will be cause for the withholding of transcripts.



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