MSJC Libraries: Library Policies

Borrowing Materials

Members of the community are welcome to use the library for research.  However, only current MSJC students, faculty or staff members have borrowing privileges. A maximum of 10 items total can be checked out at one timeA current MSJC student or staff ID Card is required to check out items.

Check out Periods:

Item Type

Check Out Period

Books

3 Weeks

Popular DVDs and CDs

1 Week

Reserve Materials

2 Hours (in-library use only)

Interlibrary Loan Books

Varies - determined by lending library

Renewals: 

Books may be renewed if they are not overdue and no hold has been placed on them. DVDs and CDs are not renewable.

Renewals may be requested in person, by phone, or online. To renew online, students must first set up a library account in the Library catalog. Haven't set up a library account yet? Click here to see how!

  • Renewal Phone Numbers:
    • MVC: 951-639-5455
    • SJC: 951-487-3455

Fines:

BORROWING PRIVILEGES WILL BE BLOCKED for overdue items and/or fines owed. Long overdue items and/or fines over $5.00 will result in a hold being placed on student records, preventing students from receiving grades, registering for classes, or requesting transcripts.

PLEASE NOTE: All notices regarding fines and overdue materials are sent to MSJC e-mail addresses.

Item Type

Fine

Books

.25 per day per item

Popular DVDs and CDs

$1.25 per day per item

Reserve Materials

Up to $1.25 per hour

Interlibrary Loan Books

$1.25 per day

Fines do not accrue on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

MVC Study Room

The MVC Library has only one study room available that is limited to groups of at least 2 and no more than 6 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. Each member of the group checks out the room for a 2-hour period, and it is not renewable by anyone in the group.
 
The room is monitored closely in order to provide the optimum access to all students. Because of this:

  • The room is designated for currently registered MSJC students only. 
  • Faculty, tutors, and administrators are not allowed to use the room for meetings.

Conduct

In order to accomplish the Library mission, the Library must ensure that each student is able to access Library resources without compromising the learning environment that all students and users presume to find in an academic library setting. Therefore the Library has set a reasonable standard of academic library decorum, and as such, expects all students, staff, and community members to conduct themselves with regard for this standard of decorum, which the following appropriate behavior denotes:
 

  • Refrain from talking on cell phones
  • Keep all audio volumes (verbal and otherwise) at a level that does not disturb other occupants
  • Use library chairs for sitting only, with one person per chair
  • Refrain from sitting or lying on the floor
  • Refrain from engaging in any behavior or act which might be construed as being offensive to others (i.e. of a sexual, violent, or religious nature)
  • Drink only from twist top bottles and containers
  • Refrain from smoking E-cigarettes, eating food, placing non-twist top bottles and cups on desks, computer pods, table tops, and the floor, and leaving trash behind
  • Wear shoes and shirt or other covering of upper body
  • Adhere to MSJC’s “Acceptable Computer Use” Policies
  • Adhere to the Library’s “Children in the Library” Policy

Library Computers

​The MSJC Libraries provide computers for student use (60 at MVC Library and 29 at SJC Library). Library computers offer free Internet access and are equipped with Microsoft Office software.
Since the Libraries’ computers are in public areas, students shall not access websites that contain any material that is deemed to be offensive to others. Students must abide by the MSJC Acceptable Use Policy and must not engage in any behavior that is not consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and/or the laws of the United States. The intent of this provision is not to limit academic freedom but to respect the sensibilities of others using these facilities. Students who are conducting legitimate academic research on a subject that may be controversial should notify library staff before using the computer to access this material. 
Students may not:

  • Use any computer for illegal purposes or to carry out any activity which is intentionally offensive or slanderous
  • Access pornographic or gratuitously violent material on the Internet
  • Send communications via any electronic means (including, but not limited to, MSJC-provided email, student personal email, or any social networking tool) to any student, faculty, or staff at MSJC containing verbally abusive or harassing language
  • Engage in unauthorized gaming
  • Violate copyright laws
  • Make any attempt to alter software configurations, install any software, or intentionally damage hardware or software.

Children/Minors in the Library

  • Children who are not current MSJC students are not allowed in the library.  If your child must briefly accompany you, please see that he/she remains in the front lobby for no longer than 30 minutes per day, is kept quiet and orderly, and does not touch or operate any equipment for student use.
  • Library Personnel take no responsibility for non-registered children left unattended in the library. If children are found to be here without an adult, the administration and/or police will be notified.

Posting Flyers

MVC Library:

  • One SGA approved (stamped) flyer, per event, may be posted on the bulletin board in the Copy Center for one month, or until the event is over, whichever comes first. 
  • Hand-outs up to 8 1/2" x 11" may be posted in the wall brochure rack next to the Copy Center doors. No SGA approval is necessary, and the hand-outs will remain up for one month, or until the event is over, whichever comes first.

SJC Library:

  • One SGA approved (stamped) flyer, per event, may be posted on the bulletin board in the lobby area for one month, or until the event is over, whichever comes first. 
  • Informational handouts or brochures may be placed in the rack near the entrance of the library. No SGA approval is necessary.

Donations/Gifts

The Library welcomes gifts or donations and accepts them with the understanding that the materials will be evaluated according to the same standards as items purchased by the Library. 

  • Gifts that are not suited to the Library collection because of age, format, topic, physical condition, or other factors will be disposed of according to College policies for surplus items. 
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse a donation if the donor specifies special conditions, including retrieval from the donor's home or special shelving requirements.
  • All gifts are acknowledged by the Library.  However, no monetary evaluation can be done, pursuant to Internal Revenue Service regulation.

Collection Development

The purpose of this policy is to provide general guidance in the selection of library materials.  Providing access to appropriate and relevant material to support the curricula and the mission of Mt. San Jacinto College are of primary importance. The library must also be responsive to student interests and strive to create a collection of materials that supports the academic, cultural, and personal information needs of the MSJC community. Read the detailed collection development polices here.