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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

WiFi & Internet Access


WiFi Connection

Network Name: MCGUEST
Password: guestaccess

Internet Access

Multiple PCs provide full internet access and are located next to the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

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, Faculty and Staff – School issued ID card
  • Dual-Credit Students – ID number, plus proof of access to Canvas
  • General Public – TexShare card
    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.

Check Out Limits

  • Students, Faculty and Staff – Up to 5 books; 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, including access to transcripts and the ability to 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 on the front porch of the LRC.

The Library provides a door-side check-out service for those who prefer contactless book borrowing instead of coming inside the Learning Resource Center. We will arrange a scheduled pickup time with you and place your specified books on a table outside the front entrance to the LRC.

To identify books you would like to borrow, access the Library Catalog and find the title, author and call number of each book.

Contact us at library@midland.edu or through Chap Chat and provide us with the necessary information so that we can pull the titles for you.

Door-side Check-out Video

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 first 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 Desk.

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 ID 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.

Online CATALOG

The online catalog is a means of searching for materials by author, title, subject, or keywords, and is available at http://midc.sirsi.net.

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.

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.

HOLDS

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

INTERLIBRARY LOANS

Interlibrary loans are available to faculty and MC students. Once located, items will usually be available within two weeks. To request a loan, complete and submit the Interlibrary Loan Request form below. If you have questions about this service, ask the Public Services Librarian in Room 120.

Interlibrary Loan Request 

GENERAL PURPOSE COMPUTER LAB (GPCL), LRC 213

Phone: (432) 685-6432
Email: 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

Rules

  • 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

Phone: (432) 685-4560
Email: library@midland.edu

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

  • Students and employees are allowed to use public computers by providing proper ID
  • 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

RULES

  • Students, faculty and staff must present a current, college issued ID and sign a login sheet before using a computer. 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, be it a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

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/scholarly activities.

We ask that you adhere to the following:

  • Covered drinks, light snacks and packaged/finger foods are allowed in the Murray Fasken LRC/Library at Midland College.
  • If a patron brings in banquet-type meals, they will be asked to eat on the second floor.
  • Absolutely no consumption of any food or drinks near any computer equipment or technologies. If a bite to eat or a drink is necessary, please step away from the area.
  • Drinks and fluids permitted in the library must have spill-proof containers or containers with secure lids.
  • 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 items and finger food items from the vending machines are highly encouraged.
  • Patrons are fully responsible for cleaning up after themselves. We ask that you dispose all of your trash when you leave a study area to maintain a clutter-free, clean environment. When food and food waste are not properly disposed of, bugs and rodents are attracted to our space.
  • Any spills or messes should be reported immediately to the library staff.

LRC/Library staff reserve 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 all buildings on campus 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 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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