Archives and Special Collections 

Revised 3/13

College Archives

The primary purpose of the Mesa Community College Archives collection is to acquire, preserve and facilitate access to materials that document the origin and history of the College and to provide on-going evidence of the College's development and activities.

Archival materials are shelved in Access Services on the first floor of the Paul A. Elsner Library. These materials may be unique and are often irreplaceable, therefore they do not circulate nor may they be taken from the area. Requestors can view the materials at the table in the Archives area. Upon request materials may be photocopied provided they are not confidential, restricted, nor will be damaged during the photocopying. A special loan for archives materials must have the permission of the MCC Collection Development Librarian or the Library Director.

For questions call 480-461-7266.

Borrower's Cards/Library Users

Revised 4/17

The students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCCD) may have full borrower privileges. Residents of Maricopa County who are 18 years or older may request community borrower privileges.

In order to borrow materials from the library, a library user must present a valid MCCCD photo ID, government issued photo ID, school photo ID, or credit card photo ID.

For students, MCC Student ID cards serve as library cards. MCC Student ID cards are available in the Enrollment Center, building 39, at the Southern and Dobson campus, or in the Mesquite building inside Enrollment Services at the Red Mountain campus. Student ID cards from other MCCCD colleges are also accepted by the MCC libraries for borrowing library materials.

Residents of Maricopa County who are 18 years or older may register as community borrowers in the Library by presenting government issued photo ID and proof of Maricopa County residency.

Once library users are no longer enrolled as students at a Maricopa Community College, their status changes to alumni.

MCC faculty, staff, and students may check out books from other MCCCD libraries by presenting their MCC ID card at those libraries. In all cases, the library user must abide by the guidelines and procedures of the lending library.

Library User Responsibilities

Borrower privileges are issued to individuals and cannot be transferred.

Users must keep email address and telephone number up-to-date to receive library notices. Student contact information can be updated using the Student Center. Faculty, staff, and community borrowers can notify the Library of any changes.

Users are responsible for all borrowed materials. Library cards and borrowed materials should never be loaned to others.

It is the user’s responsibility to keep track of library materials borrowed.

Notices are e-mailed only as a courtesy reminder. The Library is not responsible for notices that do not reach the addressee. Failure to receive notices does not absolve borrowers of their responsibilities.

Materials must be returned to the Library in the same physical condition as when they were checked out.

Misuse or abuse of Library privileges is a serious offense. Penalties are applied for infringement of Library regulations. Unpaid fines and fees will prohibit users from checking out library materials, registering for classes, graduating, and ordering transcripts. Debts may be transferred to the Arizona Department of Revenue for collection.

Borrowing Guidelines

Revised 4/17

Please refer to Maricopa Libraries Borrowing Guidelines.

The goal of the Library's borrowing guidelines is to provide resources to support MCC student information needs. Checkouts are permitted if the borrower has no past due items and their debts do not exceed $10.00. See Borrower Card guidelines for library card information.

Confidentiality of Borrower Records
Arizona Law, (statute 41-151.22) provides for the privacy of library user records.

The MCC Library policy regarding confidentiality of library records are designed to be consistent with this law and the "Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records" as put forth by the Council of the American Library Association.

Library general practice is to protect the patron's right to privacy. Library staff will not disclose library user identities. It is the Library's policy to maintain the confidentially of borrowers' records, however, in the case of Reserve materials, subsection B.1 of the Arizona statute 41-151.22 can be invoked when an individual borrower's abuse of library privileges infringes on the needs of other community college members.The Library Director alone may report a Reserve materials borrower's name to MCC administration or faculty.


Revised 11/14

The Mesa Community College Libraries have graphing and scientific calculators available for circulation. Maricopa Community College students, faculty and staff may check out the calculators at the services/circulation desk with a valid student or employee ID card. The check out period is 3 hours and the calculators may leave the library for in-class use only. Late fines are $0.50/hr. There is a non-refundable replacement charge for a damaged or lost calculator plus a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee.

Children and Youth

Revised 08/09

Children will not be allowed in the library unless participating in an authorized college program or under the supervision of an adult.


Revised 4/17

Closing procedures begin 15 minutes before the stated closing time. For example, if the library closes at 9:00, then closing procedures begin at 8:45. At that time lights will be momentarily dimmed. The dimming of lights may be repeated to signify to library users that the library is closing.

Because clocks may vary throughout the building, the clock behind the Access Services Desk is designated as the "official" clock, unless malfunctioning.

Computer usage, including printing, must be completed 5 minutes prior to the stated closing time of the library.

Campus Public Safety is responsible for closing the library building at the designated closing time.

Hours may vary during holidays, intercessions, and summer semester.

Food and Drink

Revised 3/13

Snacks and drinks are allowed in the Mesa Community College Libraries (excluding classrooms)

  • Drinks are welcomed in covered containers.
  • Please be mindful of others and avoid food with strong odors, messy foods and noisy snacks (i.e., fish, pizza, corn nuts, etc).  These types of snacks may be consumed in the corridor/breezeway outside of the library.
  • Please dispose of any leftovers or trash in trash cans and recycle whenever possible.
  • Remember to report spills immediately at the nearest service desk for easy clean-up.
  • Be mindful and considerate of other library users. This is your library; please help to keep it clean and comfortable.

Group Study Rooms

Revised 9/16

Study rooms are available in the Library at Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain Library to enable small and medium sized groups to confer and study together in an enclosed environment so as not to disturb others in the Library.

Reservations are required for all study rooms.
All currently enrolled Maricopa Community College students may reserve the study rooms, however, during busy times of the semester preference may be given to currently enrolled Mesa Community College students.
Reservations are made and cancelled via D!bs (reservation system) with your MEID and password.  You may reserve a room from your mobile device or online at
A limited number of study rooms are available for single use in addition to group use.
Rooms are not to be used for functions such as committee meetings, classes, seminars or lectures as other facilities are available for these activities.
The study rooms are only available for non-commercial scholarly use.

All currently enrolled Maricopa Community College students may reserve the study rooms.
Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance. Reservations may be made for one, two or three hours at a time.
Students can make a maximum of one reservation per day.
Room reservations are held for 15 minutes after the start time and if no one is present, the room will be considered open and available for use by others.
Placing a backpack or other items in the room does not hold or reserve the room for you.
Rooms are not sound proof; conversations and discussions should be held at acceptable levels.
The libraries reserve the right to inspect study rooms at any time and to remove unauthorized materials or prohibited items.
The Library assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any personal property left in a study room.
Personal belongings left unattended may be removed and taken to Public Safety. Items can be claimed by the owner at Public Safety.
Windows may not be obstructed and doors must be accessible at all times.
All equipment, periodicals, reference books, and other library materials should be removed from the study room after use.
Other applicable library and campus policies apply to the group study rooms.

Interlibrary Loans

Revised 4/14

Patrons in good standing may request print resources from local, regional and national library collections.

IDL Requests

Intra-District Loans involve obtaining library materials from other Maricopa Community College District Libraries.

  • Books may be requested through the library catalog by either the patron or a staff member.
  • Copies of articles may be requested by completing a form available from the Reference or Circulation desk.
  • Some of the requests may not be filled because of restrictions in place by the owning library.
  • Delivery usually takes between three and five working days
  • If not picked up, items are returned to the lending library after 10 days.
  • There is a limit of 10 requests per patron at one time.

ILL Requests

Inter-Library loans involve obtaining library materials from outside the Maricopa Community College District.

  • Books and copies of articles are requested by completing the online request form through the ILLiad database.
  • All ILL requests must be verified by a staff member.
  • Some requests may not be filled because of restrictions in place by the owning library.
  • Services are offered free of charge unless the lending library imposes a service charge or a photocopying fee.
  • If not picked up after 10 days, the items are returned to the lending library and the requester is responsible for all charges.

General IDL/ILL Guidelines

Patrons have the responsibility of keeping themselves informed of the status of their requests.

Any requests for renewal of material should be made prior to the date due. This must be done in person. The lending library may or may not grant the request.

If material obtained through IDL or ILL is overdue, the patron's borrowing privileges from this library will be immediately suspended until the material is returned.

If the item is lost, the patron is responsible for the replacement cost of the book plus a $10.00 processing fee.

ILL is not offered for Community Borrowers. ILL requests for these patrons should be made through their local public library.

Helpful Hints for Successful Borrowing:

  1. Be thorough - Before we can ask another library to share its time and materials with us, we must have exhausted the resources of our own system. Reference librarians will help you use this library to your best advantage, and can assist you with identifying what you need to request on ILL.
  2. Be accurate - partial (or incorrect) citations are virtually impossible to locate. The more information, the better the chances of completing the loan. You will find it valuable to keep careful notes of where you found your original references to needed books and articles. We may need to furnish a potential lending library with your source, and you may need to refer back to it. Keeping a record of each ILL request will aid you to plan, follow up, and avoid duplication.
  3. Be patient - as noted above the time period from request to delivery is usually measured in weeks. Plan ahead. You must determine your needs in advance, and time your requests both to allow for delays and to avoid receiving more than you can use in the time allowed for loans.
  4. Be persistent - at this time we are unable to contact every borrower when there materials arrive. Please continue to check back with Access Services on the status of your request.
  5. Be prompt - pick up your materials as soon as you can. You will be allowed only one renewal on items from other District libraries. Items borrowed from outside the District are generally only loaned for the standard two weeks and then must be returned. Renewals are usually not possible on these materials.

Lactation Room

Revised 2/16

The purpose of this policy is to provide nursing mothers who are employees with a private place and reasonable break time to express breast milk for her nursing child for up to one year after the child’s birth. This policy is in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

The Mesa Community College Library is committed to meeting the needs of mothers returning to MCC, both employees and students. This includes ensuring the availability of a lactation room, located at LB204. 

This room contains a lockable door, electrical outlets, chair, table, and sink. A refrigerator is located in the room next door. The room is available during Library business hours and can be reserved using a write-in calendar on the inner door. The employee or student must provide her own pump, adapter, and accessories as well as a small cooler or insulated bag.

Library Classrooms

Revised 3/13

For classroom computer usage see the Computer Use policy.

Please return furniture to its original arrangement if any changes are made and be sure to turn off the overhead projector.

No food or drink is allowed in the classrooms except for water in a secure container. 

Classroom LB144:

The primary use of library classroom LB144 is to provide facilities for LBT courses, non-credit library instruction and library workshops. 

Library classroom LB144 can be reserved for occasional use for courses where computers are needed to demonstrate academic software or other electronic instructional resources. Other requests are reviewed on a case by case basis. With exception of the LBT Program, this classroom is not designed or intended for use for ongoing courses. 

Reservations are required for the use of library classroom LB144. To make a reservation, please contact Marjorie Leta at 480-461-7663 or

When requesting a reservation, please include:

  • your name
  • contact information
  • day and time the room is needed
  • why you need the room
  • any other special needs you may have

Please note: The library reserves the right to cancel a room reservation if it conflicts with the scheduling of library instruction. Because library instruction scheduling is ongoing throughout the semester, advanced and recurring room reservation requests will not be honored. Room reservations should be requested approximately one week prior to your needed time.

Classroom LB245:

The second floor library classroom LB245 is not available to reserve. This classroom is utilized exclusively for LBT courses, library instruction, and library workshops.

Library Community Room

Revised 11/07

This policy applies to the library community room located on the first floor of the
Paul. A. Elsner Library.

LB 145:

The Library Community Room is available for use by groups of the Maricopa County Community College District and community organizations engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual or charitable activities. A group scheduled for Community Room use does not constitute an endorsement by the Library, college or community college district of the group’s policies or stated beliefs. 

Please review our complete policies before scheduling this room.

Library Conduct

Revised 4/17

The Library is a shared area for study, research, learning assistance, and computer use. Please treat staff and fellow users with respect and courtesy. Ensuring a pleasant and productive environment for all users requires that each user of the facility follow these guidelines:

  • Student academic work takes precedence over all other use of these facilities.

  • As a courtesy to others, please turn cell phones off or to vibrate. If you receive or place a call, please complete it in a study room or stairwell.

  • No animals are allowed except service animals.

  • Disruptive behavior or behavior that can be interpreted as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment will not be tolerated.

  • When listening to audio, please use headphones and keep the volume at a moderate level at which others cannot hear it.

  • Please do not sit on tables or put feet on furniture.

  • Mutilating library materials by marking, removing pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft devices or in any way injuring or defacing materials is not allowed. (ARS 13-1602)

  • Patrons must wear shoes, shirts, and attire appropriate for a public place.

Library users are responsible for personal belongings and should not leave textbooks, electronic devices, backpacks, and other valuable items unattended. Lost and found items may be claimed at Public Safety.

Uncooperative violators of these policies, MCC Student Responsibilities, or MCCCD Administrative Regulations will be asked to leave the Library. If deemed necessary, College Safety Officers will be called for assistance. Library staff members are authorized to interpret and apply these rules of patron behavior as the situation warrants.
The conduct of students, employees, and visitors at MCC is governed by the District's Administrative Regulations. For a full listing of Maricopa Community College District administrative regulations please see:

Mac Adapters

Posted 4/15

The Paul. A. Elsner Library has mac adapters available for circulation. Maricopa Community College students, faculty and staff may check out the mac adapters at the services/circulation desk with a valid student or employee ID card. The checkout period is 4 hours and the mac adapters are for library use only. Late fines are $0.50/hr. There is a non-refundable replacement charge for a damaged or lost mac adapter plus a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee. HDMI cables are available in the group study rooms with TVs.

For assistance with mac adapters and HDMI cables at the Red Mountain (RM) Library, please speak with one of the RM Library staff.


Revised 4/17

DVDs and other curriculum supporting media are located behind the access services counter.  Media items may be checked out for 7 days to current students, staff, faculty and community borrowers with valid MCCCD photo ID, other photo ID, or community borrower card.

Faculty requests for media purchases can be submitted via the Material Request Form. Both DVD and streaming video formats are an option, based on availability. Purchase requests will be reviewed against current library collection development policy selection criteria.

Film screenings for cultural programs or entertainment, whether a fee is charged or not, is copyright infringement and will not be allowed unless a public performance license is acquired from the copyright owner. Faculty may use DVDs in class, but may not stream DVDs unless a streaming or digital rights  license is in place. Please consult a librarian to determine DVD licensing status. Streaming video collections, Kanopy Films, Films on Demand, and Filmakers Library Online have public performance rights for MCC students, staff, and faculty provided no admission or other fees are charged for public viewing.

Library Patio Guidelines

Posted 5/09

This policy applies to the south facing patio on the 3rd floor of the library. The Library patio is available for use all the hours the library is open. The patio is designated as a student space and is not available for special events or available for reservation. The patio furniture is permanent and cannot be moved to another area of the library or to the other patio. Inquiries may be made to the President´s Office for reserving the President´s north facing patio. The same general rules of behavior for the library also apply to the patio area.

No smoking is permitted in this area.

Patron Assistance

Revised 2/05

The main task of all the MCC Libraries' staff is to provide assistance and service to library users. The staff each provide assistance in difference ways, but all efforts are directed toward helping the user get started toward obtaining needed information. Library staff will assist in any way they can. Staff time is limited since they must continue at all times to provide services to others.

Reference services

--are provided to answer specific questions while teaching the patron skills to locate information in the future. Assistance is provided to patrons with more involved research needs by offering instruction on the use of library resources such as the online catalog, indexes, databases and reference tools.

Library Staff 

--will assist users in accessing electronic information resources as service demands permit. Staff cannot offer extensive explanations about the Internet or personal computer use as part of reference assistance. Staff can answer specific questions about the Internet and will offer suggestions for effective searching. Each user is, however, ultimately responsible for conducting his or her own search.

Assistance is not provided for computer problems involving programs not supported by MCC College Technology Services nor is staff time available for in-depth individual training in the use of personal computers. Patrons who need in-depth instruction and training are encouraged to enroll in specific application courses which are offered by the college in the use of computers and the Internet.

Print Periodical Use

Revised 1/17

In addition to subscribing to online databases, the MCC Library subscribes to a print collection of about 250 magazines, journals and newspapers. Alphabetical and subject listings of MCC periodical titles are available using the Journal Finder on the Library eResources webpage. Articles from periodicals not available at MCC can be requested through Interlibrary Loan Services.

Damaged Periodicals 

The unauthorized removal, mutilation or abuse of library materials is prohibited by law. Violators will be charged for the cost of the material plus a processing fee and library privileges will be suspended.


Revised 6/15

Printing in support of academic research only is available from all workstations within the MCC Libraries.  All printing costs $.10 per page for black and white copies and $1.00 per page for color. Patrons are required to make responsible choices when using printing facilities.

  • Use of the Library's computer facilities for academic purposes is of top priority and printing is provided to support those activities.
  • Whenever possible download needed data in lieu of printing.
  • Print only those items you need for your research.
  • Be aware that when printing a page from the Internet there is usually more to the page than you see on your screen. Printing one page from the Internet could result in large numbers of pages being printed. Ask for assistance in using Notepad or Wordpad to select and print only the portion of the document you need.
  • Printing of highly graphic pages is prohibited.
  • Printers are preset, changing any settings on the printers or computers is prohibited. If you have other printing needs ask for assistance at the Reference desk or Services desk.


  1. Go to a Card Center machine located on the first and second floors of the library 
  2. At the Card Center machine, press the + button 
  3. Insert your card into the slot below the + and then 
  4. Insert your money ($1, $5, $10, and $20 bills ONLY ) into the black bill acceptor box
  5.  To retrieve your card press the down arrow key


  • The Card Center only accepts bills ($1, $5, $10, and $20 )
  • The Card Center does not give change
  • Library staff cannot make change

Reflection Room

Revised 10/16

The purpose of this room is to provide a quiet, information free space for students to prepare for the day ahead or to unwind after a long day.

The Mesa Community College Library is committed to meeting the needs of students and employees. This includes ensuring the availability of a reflection space for quiet contemplation, meditation, reflection, or prayer located in room LB371. The room is available first-come, first-served without reservations. Different individuals and groups may occupy the room at the same time. Please refrain from any activities that could potentially distract from the serenity of this environment, including:

  • food and drink
  • conversation
  • studying and electronic devices

Reserve Materials

Revised 6/15

Materials placed on reserve in the Library are those items identified by faculty as being essential or important to the needs of courses they are teaching. Also on reserve are those materials requested by an official college organization or those identified by library faculty for general reserve. This collection is maintained as a service to students and faculty. Checkout periods for items on reserve will vary as they are designated by the faculty placing the item on reserve.

The Access Services staff organizes and maintains the reserve collection as a service to students and faculty. The intent is to make the often limited number of needed materials available to an entire class. Items for the reserve collection may be library or non-library materials. The Reserve collection includes the following types of materials:

  • Textbooks (occasionally)
  • Required and/or supplementary reading materials
  • Past exams
  • Non-course related materials

These items are placed on reserve by written request of faculty only. The faculty member designates the circulation period (1 hour, 2 hours, 3 day, etc.) for each item.

Click here for information about fines and overdue reserve items.

Mesa Community College Libraries Reserve Materials Form

Silent Study Room

Revised 2/16

The silent study room is a designated quiet zone for individual study.

There are other spaces in the library for:

  • Group Study - Group study rooms are available on the 2nd and 3rd floors via the DiBs reservation system.
  • Snacking – Food is permitted anywhere in the library except the silent study room.
  • Phones - Set phones to silent or vibrate. Take conversations outside the silent study room.

Southwest Studies Reading Room

Revised 8/08

The Southwest Studies Reading Room is a unique environment which provides an aesthetic and scholarly atmosphere for programs with an academic purpose. It is used for Southwest Studies related programs as well as other events that significantly contribute to the academic dialogue of the college. The events scheduled for the Southwest Reading Room must reflect an academic purpose which significantly contributes to this goal. Please review our complete policies before scheduling this room.

Click here to read the entire policy.

Technology Resources in MCC Libraries

Revised 12/14

Mesa Community College libraries provides students, employees and community members with access to technology resources consisting of computer software, workstations and peripherals, and local and wide area networks which include access to the Internet and electronic communications systems such as audio and video capability.  The statements in this policy are all-inclusive and extend to all forms of technology resources available within the Libraries.

The primary use of electronic technology in the MCC Libraries is to access resources available in the Libraries’ electronic databases and through the Internet to perform research for academic purposes.

The MCC Libraries are not responsible for the materials found in the provided electronic resources, especially on the Internet, nor for the occurrence of information that might be considered offensive. The user is responsible for determining that the accessed information is acceptable, reliable, and suitable for their needs and complies with the policies and the guidelines established in this document.

Guidelines for Computer Use

The MCC Libraries endorses the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statement of the American Library Association and, in doing so, does not practice censorship.

The MCC Libraries adhere to the MCCCD Technology Resource Standards, which have been established for computers at all MCCCD campuses.

The following Arizona Statutes are applicable to the above Conditions of Use:

ARS 13-2316

Damaging, destroying, or altering any computer or electronic equipment, software or data belonging to the Libraries, other persons or organizations, without authorization.

ARS 13-350113-350613-3507

Using the Libraries' electronic information resources for the public display of explicit sexual materials, or to view, access, download or copy items that are obscene or "harmful to minors."

Guidelines for Internet Use

No Internet sites are intentionally blocked. Users should be aware that the Internet is an unregulated information source. The MCC Libraries do not monitor and have no control over the information accessed and cannot be held responsible for the content, quality or accuracy of the information retrieved.

It is not acceptable to use the Internet access at MCC Libraries for business, illegal or abusive purposes, including, but not limited to:

  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials in any format.
  • Transmission of threatening, obscene, or harassing materials.
  • Transmission of computer viruses.
  • Unauthorized access to local and remote computer systems.
  • Online games and/or chat.
  • Violation of software license agreements.
  • Conducting personal business activities.

Conditions of Use

Use of MCC's Libraries' technology resources signifies that the user understands this policy and will comply with it in all aspects. Violations of these "Conditions of Use" may result in loss of library use and/or computer access privileges. Serious violations will be handled in accordance with appropriate disciplinary codes, laws and regulations.

Users are expected to use the computer resources in an appropriate, ethical and legal manner. Any activity that violates local, state or federal laws, including copyright laws, is prohibited.

Each user is entirely responsible for anything done through his/her account.

Users are allowed to use only one computer at a time.

Users must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Libraries' network, computer systems or to any other network.

Users must use earphones when accessing audio files. The user is responsible for providing their own, as the Libraries do not supply earphones.

Users will not change or modify hardware, software configurations, or install software on the computers.

Users must take all reasonable precautions, including responsible password maintenance and file access protection measures to prevent use by unauthorized persons.

Users are prohibited from accessing any chat sessions, including instant messaging or playing online games.

Users may not send, receive, or display inappropriate materials that may reasonably be defined as obscene.

Users may download or send data via email, if it is not deemed obscene. All data must be downloaded to a storage media. (Anything saved to the computer hard drive, including bookmarks, will be deleted.)

Users are not allowed to upload any programs to the Libraries' computers.

Community borrowers may use community use computers up to 3 hours per day with valid community borrower card.