MSJC Libraries: Faculty Resources

Library Cards

Full- and part-time faculty must present a MSJC faculty ID card in order to check out materials. The ID cards are free, and can be obtained from Enrollment Services.

Class Orientations

  • Faculty may schedule library orientations for their classes at any time during the semester.
  • Orientations include an overview of library resources and services, and focus on searching the library catalog and databases, and formulating search strategies in appropriate resources.
  • Orientations may be general or customized to a special assignment, and usually last from 40 minutes to an hour.
  • Allow at least one week's notice in scheduling.

Student Learning Outcomes for Library Orientations

After attending a MSJC library orientation a student will be able to:

SLO 1: Select an appropriate database or catalog based upon identified information needs.
SLO 2: Demonstrate how to locate appropriate materials in the library catalog or databases using appropriate search techniques.
SLO 3: Distinguish between the types of resources available in the library catalog, e-book collections, databases, and the Internet.
SLO 4: Identify and locate an item in the library based on call number.
SLO 5: Recall how to access the library's online resources remotely.


Reserve Materials

  • Instructors may place their ancillary class materials (see below for textbooks) on reserve by filling out a registration form at the library circulation desk.
  • Materials are processed and cataloged before becoming available to students.  They are then shelved behind the circulation desk, and checked out to students for 2 hour library use. 
  • Duplications of copyrighted VHS tapes, DVD's and CD's will not be accepted without proof of licensing by the copyright holder.
  • The Library staff is not responsible for knowing assignments related to reserved materials.  The deadline for placing items on reserve is 3 weeks prior to the start of finals.
  • MATERIALS RECEIVED THE WEEK THAT CLASSES BEGIN MAY TAKE UP TO TWO WEEKS FOR PROCESSING, due to limited library staff.  Please forewarn your students. 
  • All notices to you regarding reserved materials are sent via MSJC e-mail addresses. In order to ensure that your reserved materials will be available to your students during the first week of classes, you must deliver them to the library at least two weeks before classes begin.
  • Library personnel are available during the breaks.  Please call ahead to schedule a time to drop off your materials. 


  • The Library does not purchase current textbooks, however, you may donate a copy of your textbook to the Library by filling out a donation form at the library circulation desk, or you may print the MVC Textbook Donation Form or SJC Textbook Donation Form, fill it out, and bring it to the library with your textbook.  Note: A separate form must accompany each textbook. Printable forms are available on the Textbooks tab of the Library website.
  • Textbooks are placed on a "self-service" shelf in the Reference section of the library, and are available to students for library use only, on a first come, first served basis.  No check out is required. 
  • You may reclaim your textbook at any time, however, unclaimed textbooks will become the property of the Library when no longer current.
  • Please Note: Textbooks received in the library the first week of classes may take up to two weeks for processing.  Please forewarn your students.
  • All notices to you regarding textbooks are sent via MSJC e-mail.

Canvas Access to Online Library Resources

Proxy Server Information: To create a permanent URL link in Canvas to one of the library's subscription databases, an article from a database, an e-book or streaming media resource, it is necessary to include the library proxy server prefix BEFORE the URL. This will allow students to access the resource off campus using their my.msjc username and password.
COPY and PASTE the following text before the URL that you wish to link to:

For assistance please contact a MSJC librarian at 951-639-5450 (MVC) or 951-487-3452 (SJC). 

Instructional Videos

Interlibrary Loans

Faculty can request items (books and articles) at no charge through the interlibrary loan service. Submit your request online using the form below.


Suggestions for Purchase of Materials

  • Librarians accept recommendations from faculty any time during the year.  However, requests received after February 15th may not be filled until the following school year.
  • Formal request forms are available, or requests may be e-mailed to librarians with at least the following information:
    • Title, ISBN or ISSN (if known)
    • Author/editor/producer
    • Requestor's name, number, e-mail address 
  • Use the online forms to request materials: MVC Request Materials Form | SJC Request Materials Form