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Study Areas

Our study rooms/collaboration labs offer the latest in plug-in technology and whiteboard tables. Each room must be utilized by at least two patrons and may be reserved for two hours on a first come, first served basis. If there is nobody waiting, the time can be extended for one more hour.

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 has a Smartboard TV that connects easily to a laptop for large screen display and sharing work.

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

General Information

BORROWER'S 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.

General Public

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 certain items from the library to obtain a TexShare card from their home library. We honor the card from all state libraries in the TexShare program.

LOAN PERIODS

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

BOOK COLLECTIONS

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 Health Sciences (HSL), located near Room 125 in the southeast corner of the main floor.

REFERENCE

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.

RESERVES

Consists of books, photocopies, loose-leaf materials, and audiovisual materials, which are placed on reserve at the instructor's request. Unless otherwise specified, reserve material does not circulate and these materials may not be taken from the Library. A valid I.D. card must be left at the Circulation Desk while using Reserve materials.

MEDIA COLLECTION

Audiovisual materials are available for students to check out for one week. Among the many resources are DVDs, and compact discs, including 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, and is available at http://midc.sirsi.net.

WIFI & INTERNET ACCESS

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

WiFi Connection
Network Name: MCGUEST
Password: guestaccess

PERIODICALS

The Library subscribes to over 300 magazines, journals, and newspapers. Current and bound periodicals are shelved on the northwest side of the Library. Please refer to the Midland College Serials Holdings List for our complete holdings. Periodicals cannot be checked out.

COPYING & SCANNING

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

HOLDS

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

Interlibrary loans are available to faculty and MC students. Once located, items will usually be available within two weeks. Please ask about this service from the Public Services Librarian, room 120.

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 on the front porch of the LRC.

TEXTBOOKS

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.

GENERAL PURPOSE COMPUTER LAB (GPCL)

LOCATED UPSTAIRS, IN ROOM 213
Students and Community members are allowed to use the GPCL, and all must provide proper I.D. Only  students are allowed to print.

Things to do in the lab:  homework, check email, access Canvas and My MC Portal, write papers, submit assignments, and other computer related tasks.

GENERAL RULES

Smoking and vaping are not allowed in the library
Covered drinks, snacks and packaged/finger foods are allowed. No banquet meals, please.
Unreturned books or other materials at semester's end will result in withholding transcripts.

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 to support the curriculum. Staff will assist students in locating information and in becoming competent and self-sufficient users of library resources of the LRC and of other libraries.

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

The LRC serves the entire community of Midland and the service area, 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.

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