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Library Policies and Services

This page will give you an overview of the policies at the Utica and Rome Libraries.

Borrowing Privileges

A valid MVCC library card must be presented to check out library materials or to use any reserve material. A card issued at the Utica Campus Library may be used at the Rome Campus Library and vice versa. Students, staff and faculty use the College's ID Card as their library card.  You will need the card to borrow books, media, and reserve items.  College ID cards are issued at the Student Service Center on both the Utica and Rome campuses.

Members of the community may register for a library card at the Circulation desk; borrowers must present identification which includes a picture and a current address. You will need the card to borrow books, media, and reserve items.

The loan period for general materials is 21 days for all borrowers, except for MVCC faculty and staff, who may borrow materials for a semester. MVCC faculty and staff and students are allowed to borrower a maximum of 25 books.The following exceptions exist for these other materials:

Reserve items    3 hours in-library use only
Feature film DVDs    4 days
Magazines & Journals    Non-circulating
Reference books    Non-circulating

Periodicals (e.g. newspapers, magazines, journals) cannot be checked out of the library.

Photocopiers are readily available to allow library users to copy articles.

Students and MVCC Faculty and Staff may borrow up to 25 items.

Community residents, high school students (16 years or older), and students from other colleges may have a total of five (5) items checked out at any one time.

The following limits, based on format, apply to ALL borrowers:

Feature film DVDs    Two
Audio Cassettes    Two
Compact Discs    Two
Educational DVDs    Two
  • Fines on Reserve materials are $1.00 per day per item.
  • Late fees on Feature film DVDs are $1.00 per day per item.
  • There is a $10.00 fine for damaging periodicals.

All borrowed materials should be returned to the Circulation desk at either the Utica or Rome Campus Libraries. A drop box is available in the lobby of Payne Hall (Utica Campus) and the atrium of the Plumley Complex (Rome Campus) for returning items when the libraries are closed.

In general, one renewal is permitted, unless the item has been requested by another library user.

No renewals are permitted for best sellers or feature film DVDs.

All items are subject to recall if needed for reserves or requested by another library user. Notice of recall may be made by telephone or mail. Please return recalled material promptly as a courtesy to the next borrower.

Financial Responsibilities and Loss of Borrower Privileges

You are financially responsible for all materials checked out on your library card. Should you lose an item, you will be charged its replacement cost plus a $10.00 processing fee.

Your borrowing privileges will be suspended if you owe fines or have overdue material. In addition you will not be permitted to register for classes, or receive copies of your grades or transcript, until all financial obligations to the Libraries have been met. Comments and questions can be directed to Geri Sultenfuss, Senior Office Specialist.