- Who We Are
- Mission Statement
- Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing
- Library Services for MxCC@Platt
Director of Library Services & The Learning Commons
Office Location: Chapman Hall, Room 701
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 ensure 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.
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 or contact us through email 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.
- 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.
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.
Our doors are open to community members!
- Sign up for a MxCC library card & borrow fiction, nonfiction, and popular books, as well as CDs and DVDs.
- Request a guest computer password to access the Internet, MS Office, electronic books, research databases, and more.
- Consult resume writing and interviewing resources in our Jobs & Career Center.
- Attend entertaining events throughout the year.
- View our ever-changing array of educational and cultural displays.
- Enjoy the work of local artists in the Pegasus Art Gallery
Interlibrary Loan/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 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 call 860.343.5834 or 860.343.5830 or contact us via email.
Community borrowers are asked to make requests to their public library.
Enter your eight-digit Net ID number and password.
Although 32 results were found, #9 is the one I want. Click on the title.
You will receive an email when your item has arrived at MxCC and is available for pick up!
The library strives to create a physical environment that is welcoming, centered on learning, intellectually-stimulating, as well as socially-engaging. There are areas for individual and group study, use of technology, instructor-led classes, educational and culturally- stimulating events, and more. The Library, along with Distance Learning and the Academic Success Center make up MxCC’s Learning Commons, which also houses Pegasus Green.
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.
- 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; 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.
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, 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.
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.
Equipped with modern technology, rooms are designed for group project work including developing and rehearsing presentations; video recording and production; virtual orientations; training and tutoring; web conferencing; and overall green initiatives.
For more details including how to book this space, refer to this guide