Services & Policies
Learn how to borrow materials from the Libraries.
Learn about the classes offered by MVCC Librarians and schedule a session.
Get access to books and articles not available at MVCC Libraries.
MVCC librarians provide a wide range of services to support teaching and research.
Library services and resources are available for students taking courses online.
Find high-demand items required for MVCC course readings or viewings.
The Utica campus library has a number of rooms available for group study.
Find information on the availability and use of printers, photocopiers and scanners.
Learn how to access licensed electronic resources from off-campus.
If our Libraries do not have the books or journal articles you need, we may be able to get them for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), a service whereby libraries cooperate to share their collections. ILL privileges are granted to MVCC faculty, staff and students who are enrolled at MVCC.
Submitting an ILL Request
Before submitting requests, please verify that materials are not available at the MVCC Libraries.
The ILL Department is now using ILLIAD to place requests. To Interlibrary Loan an item using ILLiad for the first time, follow the "Register as a First Time User" link below to set up your account. You can then request items from within ILLIAD.
The MVCC Libraries provide a variety of services and resources to students studying off-campus.
Virtual Reference Assistance:
- Chat with a Librarian during open hours
- Email us a question: Library@mvcc.edu
- Ask 24/7: Chat with a Librarian when the Libraries are closed
MVCC Libraries' electronic resources are accessible from off-campus. To search any of the Libraries’ databases, enter your MVCC username and password in the authentication page. The Libraries also have a collection of eBooks, which are also accessible with username and password.
You may place your own personal materials on reserve or request items from the Libraries’ print or media collection to be placed on reserve for your students to use for a limited loan period. You must submit requests at least two days in advance of scheduled use to allow for sufficient processing time. Request forms are available at either Circulation Desk and here.
Textbook Reserve Policy -- Student editions of textbooks required for courses will be placed on reserve at the request of the instructor. Textbooks which are desk or review copies or instructor’s editions must include the written permission of the publisher authorizing the library to place the books on reserve, in accordance with the First Sale Doctrine (see: http://www.copyright.com/content/cc3/en/toolbar/education/get-the-facts/exceptions_and_limitations.html -- scroll down to the bottom of the page).
The library abides by the Copyright Law and only places one copy of an article on Reserve under “Fair Use”. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to initiate copyright clearance if multiple copies are to be placed on Reserve.
Library purchase of books, ebooks, and audiovisual materials: Librarians are responsible for selecting purchases for the libraries’ collections. Suggestions from faculty, staff, and students are welcome, but the ultimate decision of whether or not to purchase rests with the librarians and the Director. Donations from faculty, staff, and students are accepted under the condition that the librarians are not obligated to add them to the collections, and if not adding them the librarians will decide on how to dispose of them. Donations not accepted include items that are damaged, outdated, heavily underlined or highlighted, soiled, water stained, or odorous.
Textbooks: Student editions of textbooks required for courses may be purchased for the library’s collection at the request of an instructor or at the discretion of the librarians. Donated textbooks which are desk or review copies or instructor’s editions must include the written permission of the publisher allowing those books to be added to and circulated from the libraries’ collections, in accordance with the First Sale Doctrine (see: http://www.copyright.com/content/cc3/en/toolbar/education/get-the-facts/exceptions_and_limitations.html -- scroll down to the bottom of the page).
Students and members of the faculty are welcome to use the Utica Campus Library’s group study rooms. The study rooms are intended for academic purposes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the larger rooms, priority is given to study groups of two or more people. We also have a Quiet Study area for students seeking a quiet place to study and complete assignments and large tables for group study.
The Libraries offer a variety of services, which include printing, photocopying and scanning. Each of these services is self-serve, but staff members are available for assistance.
Each library has a computer lab with black-and-white printers for printing on letter-sized pages, free of charge.
The Libraries have photocopiers available that copy single-sided, black-and-white only. Copies cost $.15 a page and payment is accepted in coins and single dollar bills, or by purchasing a Vendacard for $1 ($.70 cash value), which reduces each copy to $.12 1/2 per page.
A scanner is located in the Reference area, behind the Reference desk, in the Utica Campus Library. Scanned images can be printed (black and white) or saved to a flash drive or MVCC account as a PDF or JPEG document. Instructions are available and the Reference Librarian can assist with using the scanner.