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Study Areas

Our study rooms/collaboration labs offer the latest in plug-in technology and whiteboard tables. Each room should be utilized by at least two patrons and may be reserved for two hours on a first come, first served basis. If no other parties have reserved the room, the time can be extended and patrons may request these spaces for individual study.

STUDY ROOM A

An enclosed study area with a large work table, designed as a collaborative group think tank and brainstorming conference room.

Picture of room with students sitting at the table

STUDY ROOM B

Features high chairs and a large screen TV that connects easily to a laptop for enlarged visuals and work sharing.

Students sitting at the table looking at the big screen on the wall

WiFi & Internet Access


WiFi Connection

Network Name: MCGUEST
Password: guestaccess

Internet Access

Multiple PCs providing Internet access are located next to the Circulation Desk on the first floor and in the General Purpose Computer Lab upstairs (see related section below).

COPYING & SCANNING

A coin, bill, debit card, and credit card-operated photocopier is located near the southwest stairwell on the first floor for $0.10/page. Scanning is available from hard copies or USB flash Drives for $0.05/page.

Library Information Desk

(432) 685-4560
library@midland.edu

Building Layout

LRC Floor Plan


VIDEO INTRODUCTION to the Library

Getting Started

Identification 

  • Students (including dual credit) and employees need their school issued ID cards. In the absence of a school ID, you may provide your ID number and an alternative form of photo ID or a current class schedule.
  • The General Public needs their TexShare cards. Residents of Midland County who are 18 years or older may apply for a TexShare card from their public library. The card may be presented at the Circulation Desk when checking out materials. We encourage all non-students who would like to check out items from the library to obtain a TexShare card.

Check Out Limits

  • Students, Faculty and Staff – Up to 5 books and up to 2 DVD discs
  • Dual-Credit Students – Up to 3 books
  • General Public – Up to 2 items
  • Books are checked out for 14 days with ability to renew at library
  • DVDs are checked out for 7 days with ability to renew at library
  • No over-the-phone renewals

Overdue and/or Lost Items

  • Students, Faculty and Staff – No late fees, but holds will be placed on accounts, resulting in their inability to access transcripts and register for classes
  • General Public – No late fees, but will contact hosting library to freeze account
  • Lost or Damaged Items - $45 per item, no exceptions

LOAN PERIODS

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

BOOK RETURNS

A book drop is located at the Circulation Desk. When the LRC is closed, books may be returned through the outside book drop, located on the south pillar of the LRC front porch.

General Collection

The LRC’s E-Resource holdings include over 200 databases, 370,000 eBooks, 67,000 serial titles, and 67,000 streaming videos. Its physical collection includes approximately 60,000 print volumes arranged by Library of Congress classification. The primary focus of the collection is to support the college's instructional program.

Special Collections

Online CATALOG

The online catalog provides a means of searching for materials by author, title, subject, keywords, etc.

Online Catalog

RESERVES

Consists of books, photocopies, loose-leaf materials and audiovisual materials that are placed on reserve at the instructor's request. Unless otherwise specified, reserve materials do not circulate, and they may not be taken from the Library. A valid ID must be left at the Circulation Desk while using Reserve materials.

MEDIA COLLECTION

Audiovisual materials are available for students and employees to check out for one week. Resources include feature films and documentaries on many topics.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS

Interlibrary Loan service is available to Midland College employees and students. Once located, items will usually be available within two weeks. To request a loan, complete and submit the Interlibrary Loan Request form by clicking on the button below. If you have questions about this service, inquire at the Circulation Desk or send an email message to library@midland.edu.

Interlibrary Loan Request 

HOLDS

When books, articles or audiovisual materials needed are already in use, holds may be placed on the items at the Circulation Desk. We will notify requestors when the materials are returned and available for use.

Health Sciences

This collection of select resources in health related fields is located on the south end of the first floor.

REFERENCE

The Reference Collection is housed in counter-height shelving in the northwest corner of the LRC first floor near Study Room A. It includes indexes, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias and atlases.

PERIODICALS

While most of the LRC’s periodicals are accessible online, several magazines, journals and newspapers are available. Current periodicals are available on the north side of the first floor while bound periodicals can be found on the south side. These materials are for in-library use only. 

TEXTBOOKS

As a matter of policy, the Library does not provide copies of textbooks used in Midland College courses unless the instructor has placed copies on Reserve. Course-related textbooks should be purchased in the College Bookstore. In an effort to promote Open Educational Resources, the LRC provides a series of OER textbooks published by OpenStax.

GENERAL PURPOSE COMPUTER LAB (GPCL), LRC 213

(432) 685-6432
gpcl@midland.edu

The GPCL is an open-access computer lab located on the second floor of the LRC in room 213 and is available to users from all departments and programs of study. It provides access to computers and the Internet so that users can complete assignments, conduct online research, access college online resources and conduct general business requiring computer access.

  • Students and employees are allowed to use the GPCL by providing proper ID
  • Students that need help understanding or completing class assignments should use departmental labs instead of the GPCL
  • Lab Monitors are not authorized proctors. Students should use the Testing Center instead when taking proctored exams

GCPL Hours

  • Opens no later than thirty minutes after the LRC opens
  • Closes no earlier than thirty minutes before the LRC closes
  • Closed during in-service weeks
  • Refer to LRC Hours for the current schedule

Features

  • Thirteen Windows OS workstations with Microsoft Office Suite applications and Internet connections
  • Two black and white networked printers accessible from all GPCL workstations
  • One flatbed scanner accessible through a single GPCL workstation.
  • Access to basic office supplies such as staplers, staple removers and hole-punches
  • Lab Monitors can assist with most technical issues involving computers and installed applications. They are not able to help students complete class assignments
  • Respondus LockDown Browser is installed on all workstations

Policies

  • Students, faculty and staff must present a current, college issued ID and register with the Lab Monitor before using a computer. First come, first served
  • In the event that demand exceeds capacity, MC students will be given priority over other users
  • Printing is limited to 30 sheets of paper per day, per user
  • Viewing pornographic or obscene materials is strictly prohibited
  • Food, drink or smokeless tobacco products are not allowed at the computer workstations
  • All GPCL users are subject to current local, state and federal laws as well as the College’s code of conduct as outlined in student and employee handbooks

FIRST FLOOR COMPUTERS

(432) 685-4560
library@midland.edu

Several desktop computers are located on the first floor near the circulation desk and are available for students and employees of Midland College.

  • Students that need help understanding or completing class assignments should use departmental labs instead of LRC computers
  • Library employees are not authorized proctors. Students should use the Testing Center instead when taking proctored exams

AVAILABLE HOURS

  • Accessible for all hours of LRC operation
  • Refer to LRC Hours for the current schedule

FEATURES

  • Six Windows OS workstations with Microsoft Office Suite applications and Internet connections
  • One black and white networked printer accessible from all workstations
  • Library employees can assist with most technical issues involving computers and installed applications. They are not able to help students complete class assignments
  • Respondus LockDown Browser is installed on all workstations

Policies

  • Workstations are first come, first served
  • Printing is limited to 30 sheets of paper per day, per user
  • Viewing pornographic or obscene materials is strictly prohibited
  • Food, drink or smokeless tobacco products are not allowed at the computer workstations
  • All users are subject to current local, state and federal laws as well as the College’s code of conduct as outlined in student and employee handbooks

CHARGING POLICY AND USER AGREEMENT

The complimentary laptop charging service at the Murray Fasken LRC/Library provides students, faculty and staff with the ability to charge their devices (e.g. laptop, table, smartphone, etc.) at a central location located next to the LRC’s front circulation desk. Users must utilize their own power cords compatible with standard US electrical outlets.

Users maintain responsibility for their devices when using the charging service, and the LRC accepts no liability for damage or theft to user equipment.

Availability and time limits

Users are allowed to freely charge their own devices through the cart’s connective capacity. There are currently no time limits.

User Agreement

The LRC is not liable for any theft of equipment, damage to devices or virus transmission. The library is also not liable for any equipment left unattended in the cart. The charging station can hold up to 20 devices. As a gentle reminder, please do not leave your personal devices unattended while charging. Thank you.

Food & Drink Policy

It is the policy of the Murray Fasken Learning Resources Center (LRC)/Library at Midland College to maintain an environment appropriate for the overall protection of library materials and conducive to study and scholarly activities.

We ask that you adhere to the following:

  • Covered drinks, light snacks and packaged/finger foods are allowed in the LRC at Midland College.
  • Please do not consume food or drinks near computer or electrical equipment. If you need to eat or drink, please do so away from these areas.
  • Drinks and other fluids should have spill-proof containers.
  • Patrons are encouraged to be mindful of food brought into the LRC. Strong odors and noisy foods can be distracting to others. Sticky or greasy items can ruin library materials and furniture. Therefore, prepackaged snack and finger food items are preferred.
  • Patrons are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. We ask that you dispose all of your trash when you leave a study area to help us maintain a clutter-free, clean environment. When food and food waste are not properly discarded, bugs and rodents are attracted to our space.
  • Please report any spills or messes to the library staff.

The LRC staff reserves the right to ask any patron to remove food and/or beverages from the premises if it constitutes a violation of this policy.

We all share responsibility to keep the LRC building clean.

Mission Statement

The mission of the LRC is to facilitate the achievement of the educational goals of Midland College students, faculty and staff as reflected in the institution's Mission Statement.

A primary objective is to provide and maintain an organized collection of the best materials and information sources in diverse formats that support the curriculum. Staff will assist students in locating information and in becoming competent and self-sufficient users of library resources in the LRC and other libraries.

A secondary objective is the support of faculty and staff of Midland College through provision of the best possible instruction and support services for our students, both on- and off-campus.

The LRC serves the entire community of Midland College and its service area, including both student and non-student populations, as an educational conduit and information clearinghouse. It participates in library networks and consortia for resource sharing and other collaborative activities in pursuit of its mission. 

 Midland College Mission Statement

 

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