The mission of the Middlesex Community College Library is to support activities that are integral to the college’s mission. To this end, the mission of the library is to support teaching and learning for Middlesex Community College’s on-campus and distance learning programs by providing proactive and customer-focused service and a nurturing environment that promotes rigorous academic inquiry and lifelong learning among a diverse population.

The mission is fulfilled by the following:

The library supports students by providing training in information literacy skills through collaboration with faculty so that students can become discerning, autonomous, and efficient users of information; access to sufficient, high quality materials in all formats so that they can complete their assignments in as thorough, timely, and expeditious a manner as possible; and a full range of technical and public services so that they can have every chance of succeeding in their studies. The library provides faculty with the materials and services necessary to support their curriculum, and administrators, managers, and staff with the materials and services needed to further the growth and development of the college.

The library strives to meet the general information needs of the college as well as the general community. The library facilitates access to the collections of system and regional libraries in order to enhance service levels and provide our patrons with materials beyond our collection. The library also actively solicits advice and guidance from all its patrons with respect to collection development, new products, and offered services. The library makes every effort to insure that materials selected for the collection represent a balanced spectrum of opposing sides of an issue without regard to an author’s gender, race, color, creed, nationality or political beliefs.

The library aims to utilize the most current technology to optimize service. Many of the library’s resources, including its online catalog, web site, full-text electronic databases, and live reference services, are available remotely 24 hours a day.

The library abides by the Intellectual Freedom Policies of the American Library Association, the Library Bill of Rights adopted in 1980, and the Freedom To Read Statement, a joint statement adopted by the American Library Association and the Association of American Publishers.
The library strives to create a physical environment that is welcoming, centered on learning, intellectually-stimulating, as well as socially- engaging.

Page last updated: 2013-11-04

Borrow Policies

  • A MxCC library card is required to borrow materials. MxCC students, faculty, and staff may use their MxCC ID as their library card. With a valid photo I.D., community members may apply for a library card at the main library desk.
  • Use the online catalog to search for items. Loan periods for books are 3 weeks and DVDs and videos 1 week. Items may be renewed for an additional loan period as long as no one has requested the item. You can view your library account, renew items or place holds online (https://cscu-mxcc-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/login?vid=MXCC_V1&lang=en_US) or contact us through email (mx-library@mxcc.commnet.edu) or phone (860.343.5830).
  • Materials should be returned to the library main desk or in the book drop outside the library staff door in Chapman Hall. Late fees are $0.10/day for books and $0.50/day for DVDs and videos. Loan periods and fees for other materials vary; for example, overdue equipment such as calculators and netbooks accrue higher fines. Please ask a Librarian.

Resource Sharing

MxCC students, faculty, and staff: there are two ways you may request items from other libraries. Within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities’ (CSCU) system, search for items through the online catalog (https://cscu-mxcc-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=MXCC_V1&lang=en_US&search_scope=MXCC) and request items directly. (see example below)

If you do not find what you need within the 17 CSCU libraries, we may be able to find the item elsewhere. Please use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Community borrowers are asked to make requests to their public library.

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Enter your eight-digit Net ID number and password.

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Although 32 results were found, #9 is the one I want. Click on the title.

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You will receive an email when your item has arrived at MxCC and is available for pick up!

Interlibrary Loan

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to borrow items from us that we obtain for you from other libraries. If you have questions regarding ILL, please call 860.343.5834 or 860.343.5830 or contact us via email.
  • Students, faculty and staff may request items. Community borrowers are asked to make requests to their public library.
  • We always try to obtain items from libraries that do not charge. If we are unable to do so, we will obtain your permission before incurring any fees.
  • Requests are limited to 3 items at a time. The library we are borrowing from determines how long materials may be borrowed. Please make requests for renewals early, as permission must be obtained from the lending library.
  • Requests can be made in person in the library; they can also be done online using our Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Course Reserves

  • MxCC Students: Copies of textbooks (and other materials) for many of the courses taught on-ground have been placed on reserve behind the main desk in the Library. Borrowing periods are set by your professor but typically you may use textbooks in the library for two (2) hours at a time. Course reserves may be searched through the online catalog.
  • MxCC Faculty/Staff: Faculty and staff may place materials (from the library’s collection or personal copies) on reserve in the library. Bring materials to the front desk in the library.

Collection Development

  • Materials are added to the library collection either through purchase or donation. Selection is based upon the library’s Collection Development Policy, which considers many factors such as relevancy to the curriculum, accuracy of the information and cost. This policy also governs the removal of materials from the collection.
  • Donations are accepted; however please contact us first to discuss.
  • Suggesting Titles to Purchase: Faculty and staff suggestions for purchase of new materials are welcomed. Please contact a library liaison use the suggestion form.

Netbook Lending Program

A very popular service, netbooks are available for current MxCC students to borrow from the Library for a period of 14 days, no renewals. They are equipped with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2016, can access the Internet wirelessly, have USB ports, and may be used with AC power or battery. Overdue fines are $10/day and students are required to sign a Netbook Borrower’s Agreement form outlining their responsibilities if the netbooks are not returned on time and in good condition. Additional details about the program are found in the brochure.

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The library is a place for study.

While in the library, we ask that:

  • Conversations are kept short and quiet.
  • Phones are put on silent, and long calls are taken outside the library.
  • Users utilize headphones (available for checkout at the main desk).
  • Children are supervised according to college policy.
  • Drink containers are covered, and trash is placed in wastebaskets.

One library study room (707) is equipped with assistive technology for people with disabilities. The room may be reserved at the front desk. Priority is given to individuals needing assistive technology equipment.

Equipment includes:

  • Two computers, one with a large monitor, keyboard, and trackball mouse.
  • A scanner, adjustable desk for computer, and low vision reader station.

A computer with a large keyboard has the following software installed:

  • Zoomtext (screen and font enlarger)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 (speech recognition program for composing and editing text)
  • Kurzweil 3000 (reading, writing, and learning software for those with learning difficulties)
  • WindowEyes (screen reader for navigating the computer by sound)

Headphones and a microphone may be checked out at the front desk. For help with equipment or software, ask at the front desk.

If you’ve been assigned a group project that includes a presentation, the Library offers a total of four (4) collaborative workstations (Mac and PC). Each workstation seats up to five (5) students.

These workstations are intended for academic use only and may be booked in advance at the front desk. The following policies apply to the workstations:

  • Reservations are accepted on the spot for groups of 2 or more only if a station is free.
  • Workstations can only be reserved or occupied for a period of up to 2 hours.
  • Walk-up groups of 2 or more may use the workstations – if they are not booked – for a period of up to 2 hours.
  • If there is no one waiting to use a station after 2 hours, groups are permitted to stay longer.
  • Reasonable low-level talking is permitted at the workstations.
  • Covered drinks are permitted; however, no food allowed.

  • The library has several computers with Microsoft Office suite and Internet access. Priority is given to students engaged in academic work.
  • Students, faculty, and staff must sign-in with their NetID and password. Members of the public must obtain a temporary username and password at the main desk.
  • Printing is limited to 200 pages per semester and 25 pages for a single job without charge.
  • The library is equipped with a self-service photocopier for public use. Copies are $.10/ page; unfortunately, two-sided copies cannot be made at this time. The copier will accept coins and dollar bills; ask at the main desk for change.
  • The library also has a self-serve scanning station, located across from the Main Desk. Instructions for use are on the desk.
Scheduling Policies and Procedures

The Library Instruction Classroom seats 25 at computers, with room for additional laptops and seating. It is primarily intended to support the Library’s instruction and information literacy programs. When the room is not in use by library staff, the computers within the classroom will be made available for use by library patrons, and MxCC faculty and staff may reserve the room.

Considerations for use of the Library Instruction Classroom are made on a case-by-case basis by our librarians using the following guidelines:

  • The classroom is intended for library instruction and librarian-assisted research sessions.
  • As this is not a general-purpose classroom, no classes or meetings will be scheduled on an ongoing (recurring) basis.
  • During peak library instruction periods (Fall: Oct. and Nov.; Spring: March and April), MxCC faculty teaching credit classes as well as individuals teaching non-credit classes may reserve the room (if available) up to five days prior to the actual class session.
  • During nonpeak times, reservations by MxCC faculty, staff, and noncredit instructors are made on a first come, first served basis.
  • Requests for reservation are made by contacting the Library, either through email (mx-library@mxcc.edu), phone (860.343.5830), or in person.
  • Special arrangements for other programs and classroom use will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Library Director.

Usage Guidelines for Faculty & Other Teaching Staff

  • Please do not keep your class over the time you have scheduled unless you have confirmed that there is no class following yours. If necessary, allow for a little extra time before and after your class when booking.
  • Please cancel unneeded reservations as soon as possible with the Library.
  • An instructor must be present and is responsible at all times.
  • If you anticipate that you will need a librarian’s assistance during your class, please be sure to make this arrangement well in advance of the class.
  • When leaving the classroom, please log off and turn off all computers. Generally leave the room as you found it. Report any malfunctioning equipment to Library Staff.

Pegasus Gallery is housed within the Jean Burr Smith Library and curated by Art professor, Matt Weber. Exhibits are changed on an ongoing basis showcasing the works of local professional artists as well as those by MxCC students and faculty.

The gallery is open the same hours as the Library.

Pegasus Green is a learning space with six rooms supported by Connecticut Board of Regents’ 21stCentury Classroom Funds.

For more details including how to book this space, refer to this guide (link to http://mxcc.libguides.com/bookpegasus).

General Information

Check the library homepage for current hours and closings.
Phone: 860-343-5830

Email: mx-library@mxcc.edu

In Person: Chapman Hall, Middletown Campus

Unfortunately, this service is not available at this time. However, we do have a large collection of online resources, including eBooks and article databases, which can be accessed from off-campus. Another option is to use your local public library’s Interlibrary Loan service to request items from us. Contact them for details.
Several different ways:

The library owns some of the textbooks required for classes. You can check here to see what is available. Please note: many books are for in-library use only, for a 2 hour period. 
You may request items from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Research Help

Certainly! You may drop by the library at any time to ask questions. If you would like a more in-depth research session with a librarian, we encourage you to make an appointment by calling 860.343.5830 or emailing mx-library@mxcc.edu so time can be reserved just for you.
The library has compiled a list of recommended websites to use in your research and organized them by subject. When you search the web on your own, remember to evaluate for accuracy and currency. Not all the information on the web is trustworthy.
  1. Go to scholar.google.com. If you are off-campus, you will need to set up remote access.
  2. Perform a search. If the library has access to the full-text online, you will see “Full Text @ MxCC Library” appear next to the citation. (Note: You will be asked to login with your NetID and password to access the full-text.)
A library database is a searchable online collection of materials (mostly articles) from scholarly journals, popular magazines, books, newspapers, and other sources. Some databases are subject-specific (e.g., Business Source Premier); others include a variety of subjects (Academic Search Premier). Some articles within the databases are provided in full-text; others are ‘abstract only’ (summaries). As a student, your research will predominantly come from library databases.
Check here under ‘Identify Keywords.’
“Peer-reviewed”articles, also known as “scholarly” or “refereed” articles, are written by researchers or professionals, have been reviewed by scholars, and are found in academic and research journals. These are generally considered more academic than articles in popular magazines (check here for information on the differences between the two types). Many databases allow you to narrow or limit your search to ‘peer-reviewed or‘refereed journals’, which will retrieve only scholarly journals matching your search terms.
The standard definition is: a bibliography includes all sources consulted when compiling a paper (even background research), while a works cited page includes only those sources you actually used.A works cited page is typically shorter than a bibliography. To create either one, you must use a standard style guide such as APA or MLA found here. Be sure to confirm with your instructor which one he or she requires.
Check here under ‘Using Proper Citation’.

General Contact Information

Middletown Campus:
Chapman Hall, 860-343-5830
mx-library@mxcc.edu

Meriden Learning Center:
203-608-3072

Library Staff

Lan Liu

Director of Library Services & The Learning Commons
Phone: 860-343-5833
Email: lliu@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701

Wei Cen

Librarian
Phone: 860-343-5834
Email: wcen@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701
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Joy Hansen

Librarian/Instruction Team Leader
Phone: 860-343-5832
Email: jhansen@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701
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Cindy Li

Digital Services/Systems Librarian
860-343-5835
lli@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701
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Lisa Gangone

Library Assistant
Phone: 860-343-5829
Email: lgangone@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701