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STUDY ROOM A
Features a large work table suitable for either a small group or individual. This room is designed for flexible study both with and without mobile technology.
STUDY ROOM B
Features a U-shaped table bookended by a large screen supporting laptop connections. This room is designed for collaboration using a shared computer.
Network Name: MCGUEST
Multiple PCs providing Internet access are located throughout the first floor of the
Library (see related section below).
COPYING, SCANNING and Printing
A flatbed scanner is freely available for use, providing document feeding, fixed image scanning and optical character recognition conversion.
We offer free black-and-white printing for students, and offer limited free colored
printing for students as well.
Library Information Desk
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- To expedite transactions, all students and employees should provide their school issued ID cards. In the absence of a school ID, you may provide your ID number and an alternate form of photo ID or a current class schedule.
- The General Public needs their TexShare cards. 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 items from the library to obtain a TexShare card.
Check Out Limits
- Students, Faculty and Staff – Up to 20 books and up to 5 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
- General Public – No late fees, but will contact hosting library to freeze account
- Lost or Damaged Items – Per case basis
Circulating books are loaned for two weeks and may be renewed.
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 of the LRC front porch.
Collection Development Policy
This collection development policy governs the acquisition, disposition, placement, and access to materials that support the research and teaching needs of students and faculty, in accordance with the missions of Midland College (MC) and the LRC.
The LRC’s E-Resource holdings includes hundreds of databases representing hundreds of thousands of eBooks, eJournals and streaming videos. Its physical collection includes tens of thousands of print volumes arranged by Library of Congress classification. The primary focus of the collection is to support the college's instructional programs.
The online catalog provides a means of searching for materials by author, title, subject, keywords, etc.
Consists of books, photocopies, loose-leaf materials and audiovisual materials that are placed on reserve at the instructor's request. Unless otherwise specified, reserve materials do not circulate, and they may not be taken from the Library. A valid ID must be left at the Circulation Desk while using Reserve materials.
Audiovisual materials are available for students and employees to check out for one week. Resources include feature films and documentaries on many topics.
Interlibrary Loan service is available to Midland College students and employees. Once located, items will usually be available within two weeks. To request a loan, complete and submit the Interlibrary Loan Request form by clicking on the button below. If you have questions about this service, inquire at the Circulation Desk or use the "Connect With Us" form.
This collection of select resources in health related fields is located on the south end of the first floor.
The Reference Collection is housed in counter-height shelving in the northwest corner of the LRC first floor near Study Room A. It includes indexes, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias and atlases.
While most of the LRC’s periodicals are accessible online, several print magazines, journals and newspapers are also available. Current print periodicals are available on the north side of the first floor while bound periodicals can be found on the south side. These print periodicals are for in-library use only.
As a general rule, the Library does not provide copies of textbooks used in Midland College courses unless the instructor has placed copies on Reserve. You may purchase course-related textbooks in the College Bookstore. In an effort to promote Open Educational Resources, the LRC provides a series of OER textbooks published by OpenStax
The LRC provides a number of computing resources throughout the building 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, employees and community members all have access
- Students that need help understanding or completing class assignments should use departmental labs instead
- The LRC provides access to two testing rooms for students that require special testing services
Computing Resource Hours
- Accessible during all hours of LRC operation
- Refer to LRC Hours for the current schedule
- Desktops and laptop computers with Microsoft Office, Respondus LockDown Browser and Internet access
- Standard Printer
- 3D Printer
- Access to basic office equipment such as staplers, staple removers and hole-punches
- Library employees can assist with most technical issues involving computers and installed applications.
- Laptop borrowers must provide current MC Student ID to check out laptop.
- Viewing pornographic or obscene materials is prohibited
- Food and drink should be kept away from computers
- All LRC 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
The Fasken LRC / Library maintains a laptop lending program that provides laptops for use within the building. Upon checkout, users accept responsibility for safeguarding devices.
- MC students are eligible to borrow laptops and can only use them within the LRC building.
- Borrowers must provide their MC Student ID to borrow a device. The LRC will circulate the device, recording the user’s name and date of checkout in the process.
- Violations of this policy may result in the loss of lending privileges.
- Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis and should be returned 15 minutes before the LRC closes each day.
- Borrowers are expected to treat laptops with care.
- Users can only borrow one laptop at a time, should not lend the device to anyone else and should not leave the building with it.
- The library is not responsible for any lost, erased or damaged files. Deep Freeze has been installed on all devices, and therefore any files saved to laptops are unrecoverable when they restart. To prevent such data loss, users should save all files to cloud storage (such as One Drive) or external storage (such as USB flash drives).
- Laptop users must comply with library policies, college rules regarding computer use and all other applicable policies. The LRC is not responsible for any objectionable material that may be found on the Internet while using a college owned laptop. Campus Internet cannot block all questionable or illegal content and some sanctioned Library content may be challenging for some users.
- Laptop users should take appropriate steps to protect devices from damage and theft. Those that wish to leave the area or building momentarily should return them to LRC employees for safe keeping.
- Please report any problems or malfunctions with the equipment so the LRC can request service.
- By using an LRC laptop, patrons agree to adhere to the terms of this policy and user agreement.
Borrowers should return laptops to the Circulation or Help Desks 15 minutes before the LRC closes each day. Devices should be in good repair and in a condition similar to the start of the checkout period.
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 and scholarly activities.
We ask that you adhere to the following:
- Covered drinks, light snacks and packaged/finger foods are allowed in the LRC at Midland College.
- Please do not consume food or drinks near computer or electrical equipment. If you need to eat or drink, please do so away from these areas.
- Drinks and other fluids should have spill-proof containers.
- 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 and finger food items are preferred.
- Patrons are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. We ask that you dispose all of your trash when you leave a study area to help us maintain a clutter-free, clean environment. When food and food waste are not properly discarded, bugs and rodents are attracted to our space.
- Please report any spills or messes to the library staff.
The LRC staff reserves 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 the LRC building clean.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified by law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction and to make equipment available capable of producing copies. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction cannot be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.
If a user employs a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be held liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse access to reproductions and equipment if, in its judgment, the access would involve a violation of copyright law.
Our mission is to provide students, faculty, and staff of Midland College with a safe, inclusive, and collaborative space where all individuals can contribute to the academic and general knowledge of our community. We are dedicated to supporting the academic and technical offerings of Midland College by providing access to current and curated physical and online materials that align with our institution's goals.
We strive to empower our students with the skills necessary for effective use of information resources, critical evaluation, and research. Through personalized instruction and research assistance, we guide students, faculty, and staff in navigating the vast array of information sources, fostering information literacy and promoting ethical use of knowledge.
Our comprehensive services encompass a wide range of resources, including books, journals, databases, interlibrary loan, digital resources, and technology assistance. We are committed to fostering intellectual growth, lifelong learning, and personal development within an environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Together, we cultivate an enriching academic experience, empowering our community to succeed in their educational pursuits, research endeavors, and pursuit of knowledge.