| Fall and Spring Semesters
|| Summer Semester
|| In-between Semesters
Mondays – Thursdays,
8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Mondays – Thursdays,
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM;
Library is closed when the college is closed.
| Fridays, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
|| Fridays, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
| Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
||Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Circulating, Juvenile, and Oversize Collections: The materials in these three collections check out for two weeks and can be renewed indefinitely unless a hold is placed on them.
- Reference Collection: These materials must be used in the library.
- Media Collection: These materials cannot be checked out of the library, except by MECC faculty members. Students may use the materials from the Media Collection in the library study room.
- Current Magazines and Newspapers: Issues available in print format may be checked out for overnight use, but this time limit may be extended upon request.
- Reserve Materials: These items have restricted circulation periods of two-hour, overnight, or one week.
- Video-based Course Materials: Videotapes and other materials used to support video-based courses are checked out for the entire semester and are due back on the last day of exams.
Library Fine Policies
In order to encourage students and community library users to return materials promptly, fines are charged on overdue materials. Library fines are charged at the following rates per item: Circulating, Juvenile, and Oversize collections items and print newspaper and magazines issues (10 cents per day); Two-Hour Reserve items (25 cents per hour); and Overnight and One-Week Reserve items (25 cents per day). The maximum fine charged per item is five dollars. Lost materials are billed at the purchase price of the materials.
Students and community residents will receive two overdue notices by email to remind them that library materials have not been returned. When the third and final notice is mailed, students will be blocked, which means they will not be able to receive a financial aid refund, or obtain an official college transcript until the library materials have been returned and fines owed on them have been paid. In addition, students and community residents will be submitted to the Virginia Department of Taxation under the Set-Off Debt Collection Program, which means that if library materials are not returned then the value of these items will be deducted from the individual’s state income tax refund or lottery winnings. Finally, students and community residents who have unpaid library fines will not be allowed to check out additional items from the library until the fines have been paid unless special permission has been granted by the staff for them to do so.
If you need a book or magazine article that is unavailable in the Wampler Library, the library staff will place an interlibrary loan request for the item. Be sure to make interlibrary loan requests at least two weeks before an assignment is due. All interlibrary loans are free. The Wampler Library covers any charges for them.
A photocopier, microfilm reader-printers, and a computer printer are provided in the library for student use. All copies made on the photocopier, the microfilm reader-printers, and the computer printer are 5 cents each, with the exception of copies of academic work made by current MECC students. When MECC students present a current student ID at the time of making copies of academic work, there will be no charge for copies. All copying must be in compliance with the United States Copyright Act.
NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Students, faculty, and staff must have an ID card to check out materials from the Wampler Library. When MECC students present a current student ID at the time of making copies of academic work, there will be no charge for copies. ID cards are made in the library. Initial student ID cards are provided free of charge, with replacement cards at $5.00 each. Local residents who are not students at MECC are welcome to use the Wampler Library and to check out materials but must have valid photo identification to obtain a library card. Community library cards are provided free of charge.
To use the computers in the Wampler Library, all library patrons must confirm, by clicking an OK button, that they will abide by the VCCS and MECC policies regarding computer use. These policies are posted in the library and are available online here [PDF]
Due to concerns regarding copyright violation, CD burning is disabled on all library computers. With a written request to the Director of Library Services from a faculty member, a student who needs to burn a CD in the library to complete a course assignment will be allowed to do so.