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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.

Assistive Technology Room

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. This room cannot be booked by others.

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.

Collaborative Workstations

If you’ve been assigned a group project that includes a presentation, the Library offers three collaborative workstations located outside the Library Instruction Classroom. Each workstation seats up to five (5) students. Instructions for using the equipment are posted at each station.

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 at least 1/2 hour in advance for groups of 2 or more.
  • No single users are permitted at the workstations.
  • Recurring reservations may be made for a period of one month at a time.
  • 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.

Computers

  • 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.
  • For questions, you may contact the IT Department (Wheaton Hall Rm 304, 343-5711).

Copier and Scanner

  • 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.

Library Instruction Classroom

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

The library houses the Pegasus Gallery which showcases the artwork of current and former students as well as local artists. Gallery hours are same as the library hours.

Study & Meeting Areas

The Library provides a number of study and meeting areas for patrons. In addition to a number of individual study tables, rooms for group study are available including two rooms with computers and one room with assistive technology equipment (see above for information).

Rooms are intended for academic use only and may be booked in advance at the Circulation Desk. The following policies apply:

  • Reservations are accepted at least 1/2 hour in advance for groups of 2 or more.
  • Singles: rooms may be used on a first come, first served basis only (no reservations allowed). If a room is reserved by a group, singles will be asked to leave. Exception: if the TV study room is needed by a single to view a film for academic use, the room may be reserved for a period of up to 2 hours.
  • Recurring reservations may be made for a period of one month at a time.
  • Reservations are accepted on the spot for groups of 2 or more only if room is free.
  • Rooms can only be reserved or occupied for a period of up to 2 hours.

Wireless (Wi-Fi) Access

We offer free wireless access (Wi-Fi) in the library at all times the library is open.

Connecting to the Library’s Wireless Network

  • You must have a computer or other device equipped with an 802.11b/g-compatible wireless card.
  • Using your computer’s network utilities, look for the wireless network named “MxCC-Public”.
  • The “MxCC-Public” wireless network requires a password to connect. If you are a current Student, Faculty or Staff member, your NetID and password will grant access to the wireless network. If you are a guest, the Library Reference desk offers temporary login accounts.

Limitations and Disclaimers Regarding Wireless Access

  • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s network.
  • We do not have printing capabilities for wireless users.
  • All use is governed by the acceptable use policies of ConnSCU (http://www.ct.edu/it/policy_list).

Viewing Room

The library has a room (708) for viewing library DVDs and videos. Headphones are available for checkout at the front desk.

Page last updated: 2013-11-01