Faculty Resources

The mission of the library system of Metropolitan Community College is to serve a diverse community of life-long learners by providing quality information resources and services and instruction in their use.

Library Services

Campus Library Locations | Library Hours | Library Use Instruction & Presentations
Library Collection | Selection of Materials

Access to Materials

Library Catalog | Circulation | Online Databases | Magazines, Newspapers & Journals
Computers | Intercampus Loan | Interlibrary Loan | Reciprocal Borrowing
Omaha Public Library | Reserve Materials

Additional Services

Copyright | Meeting Rooms | Photocopy Machines | Computer Printers
Audiovisual Equipment

I. Library Services


Campus libraries are located at each of the three main campuses:

Elkhorn Valley Campus
829 N. 204th St.
Elkhorn, NE
Telephone: 531-622-1300
Library supervisor telephone: 531-622-1324
NOTE: Library services at EVC are provided in the Academic Support Commons.

Fort Omaha Campus
30th and Fort Streets, Bldg. 8
Omaha, NE
Telephone: 531-622-2306
Library supervisor telephone: 531-622-2630

South Omaha Campus
27th and Q streets
Omaha, NE
(behind the Connector Building)
Telephone: 531-622-4506
Library supervisor telephone: 531-622-4737
NOTE: The South Omaha Library is a joint library shared by Metropolitan Community College and Omaha Public Library.

The library's website is available at www.mccneb.edu/library. The campus library supervisors can also be contacted via email at librsuprs@mccneb.edu.

In addition, the College shares the Sarpy Center with the City of La Vista Public Library which also provides service to MCC faculty, staff and currently enrolled students:

City of La Vista Public Library (Sarpy Center)
9110 Giles Road
La Vista, NE
Telephone: 531-622-3900
Website: www.cityoflavista.org

Faculty located at other MCC sites are encouraged to contact a campus library for information about class presentations or for assistance with their research needs. Library staff can visit your classroom and faculty, students and staff may request that library materials be sent to them at other MCC locations.

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Elkhorn Valley
Monday   Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Fort Omaha

Monday  Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

South Omaha
Monday  Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Library hours are posted at each library and may change when classes are not in session. Exceptions to regular hours are also listed on the library website (www.mccneb.edu/library/libraryhours.asp). Please contact a campus library if you have questions about library hours.

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Members of today's society are inundated by information and the volume of information that is available, not only on the Internet but also as print materials, increases daily. That abundance alone will not create better students or citizens, so the MCC campus libraries provide instruction in information literacy skills as well as library use instruction to familiarize students with the resources and services offered by the library, and also to help them locate and effectively use information and conduct research.

Library use instruction may consist of three parts: a tour of the library facility, instruction in general library skills and instruction in library use and research skills in a specific subject or program area.

Presentations can be designed according to faculty needs and may include any or all of the three types of instruction, at faculty request. They may take place in the campus library or arrangements can be made for library staff to visit your classroom.

In addition, library staff are available to work with faculty to design critical thinking or information literacy activities for classes. Information-literate individuals are those who have developed a set of skills and abilities that allow them to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information.

For additional information about scheduling library use instruction for your classes, contact a campus library supervisor.

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Although there are three campus libraries, the materials housed in them are considered to be one collection. Students, faculty and staff at any College site may use any MCC campus library.

The library collection at each campus is designed to support the College programs offered at that campus. A small amount of popular fiction and nonfiction (including bestsellers) is also available.

Each campus library collection consists of print materials (books, magazines, newspapers, journals) as well as audiovisual materials (DVDs,, CDs. and slides). The libraries also offer an increasing number of online resources including eBooks, streaming videos and 40+ databases containing full-text articles from magazines, newspapers and journals. As with the print and audiovisual materials, the online resources have been selected to support the programs offered at the College. The online resources are available on the library's website.

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Faculty and staff are an important part of the planned selection process of library materials. Library staff rely on faculty subject expertise when adding or removing items from the collection. Professional library and subject journals are also used in the selection process.

To provide the flexibility to support new programs or areas that need additional materials, the libraries do not budget specific amounts for divisions or departments.

Purchase requests
Faculty members may make a purchase request by contacting a campus Library Supervisor or by completing an online Purchase Request form. Requested materials are acquired as quickly as possible, depending on available funds. If materials are needed by a specific date, faculty should include this information with their request so the materials can receive priority handling. Faculty members who are members of professional associations or organizations may be able to order materials published by those groups at a discount. If so, providing a membership number along with a request will save College funds.

DVDs and other audiovisual materials with a list price over $250 may be ordered on a preview basis by the library if the instructor is unsure whether or not the item should be purchased (due to a lack of published reviews, uncertainty about the item's content or suitability, or unfamiliarity with the producer). Items ordered on a preview basis are reviewed by the requestor and the campus Library Supervisor before a decision is made to keep them.

Preview copies of both print and audiovisual materials should be requested through the library. The College Board of Governors policy requires that all College acquisitions be made on a College purchase order. Preview requests that are made by individuals without a purchase order may become the financial responsibility of the individual.

De-selection or weeding of materials that are outdated, damaged or have been updated by more recent editions is an important part of the overall development of the collection. Faculty recommendations play an important part in this process and library staff will ask departments to review collections in their areas frequently.

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WebPAC, MCC's library catalog, lists the print books, eBooks and audiovisual materials (DVDs, VHS tapes, etc.) available in the three campus libraries as well as MCC-owned materials housed in the City of La Vista Public Library at the Sarpy Center.

Because MCC shares WebPAC with Omaha Public Library it also includes the books, DVDs and other materials available in Omaha Public Library's branches and locations.

WebPAC is linked on the library website and can be searched from any computer with Internet access. Please contact library staff if you have questions about using it.

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Most materials in the campus libraries may be checked out but the loan period varies depending the material type:

  • Books are generally checked out to faculty and staff for the current quarter.
  • Loan periods for DVDs and other audiovisual materials vary from three to 28 days and may differ from campus library to campus library.
  • Magazines and journals are loaned for two weeks.
  • Reference books are usually checked out for one day or overnight with prior approval from the Library Supervisor.

Any of these materials may be renewed and longer loan periods may be requested.

Instructors who wish to use library materials in class should reserve them well in advance, especially if they plan to use them on a specific date. This will ensure that the materials are available on that date.

All borrowers, including faculty and staff, are charged the replacement cost for lost (long overdue) or damaged materials and equipment. Faculty and staff who have overdue materials may have their records blocked at the Business Office and their accounts may be turned over to a collection agency. Because the MCC library shares a circulation system with Omaha Public Library, MCC faculty and staff with overdue MCC materials may lose their borrowing privileges at Omaha Public Library.

Faculty/staff who terminate their employment with the College are required, as part of the employee checkout procedure, to either return borrowed library materials or pay for them with funds withheld from their final paycheck.

Additional information about the circulation of library materials is available in Procedures Memorandum IX-3.

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The MCC libraries subscribe to more than 30 online databases containing a wide variety of materials including eBooks; full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; online encyclopedias; digital art, architecture and photography images; practice exams; online dictionaries; company reports; career profiles; legal cases and codes; automotive repair manuals.

The databases can be accessed from any MCC computer and most can also be searched for, off-campus:

  1. Go to the library website at www.mccneb.edu/library

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Print copies
A list of the print copies of magazines, newspapers and journals available in the campus libraries is published each fall. This list includes titles grouped by academic program area.

In addition, WebPAC (the library catalog) can be searched for specific magazine, newspaper, journals and the issues available at each campus library.

Print and online copies
Full Text Finder lists not only the print magazines, newspapers, journals available in the campus libraries but also the titles available in the library's online databases. Full Text Finder is linked on the library website.

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Each campus library has a number of computers available for public use. The computers can be used to access the library's online resources, the Internet, email and other software programs including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access, Excel). Printers are also available (see Computer Printers below).

Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha
Computer users must log on with their MCC username and password and are expected to abide by the library's Computer Use and Copyright Guidelines.

South Omaha
Because the South Omaha Library is a joint library shared by MCC and Omaha Public Library, computers in that facility are governed by OPL policies. Computer users must log on with their OPL card (available to all MCC faculty, staff and students) and must abide by the library's Internet Use and Safety Policy.

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Materials available at one campus library or the City of La Vista Public Library may be requested by faculty and staff for temporary use at another campus or location. Library staff will arrange to have the materials sent to the other location within two working days, if they are available.

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Materials that are not available at the College can often be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Requests for these materials should be made with library staff or by completing an Interlibrary Loan request form (available on the library website).

Materials requested through interlibrary loan require an average of two weeks to receive and will be checked out for a period stipulated by the lending library. Renewal requests should be made through the Interlibrary Loan department at the Elkhorn Valley campus library (telephone 531-622-1320). Renewals are subject to the approval of the lending library.

There is no charge for interlibrary loan but materials that are returned late are subject to an overdue fine of $1.00 per item, per day. The borrower will be charged replacement cost plus a service fee for lost non-returned items.

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MCC faculty, staff and students may check out materials from other academic libraries participating in the Nebraska Library Association's Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Faculty, students and staff who wish to take advantage of this service must have a current MCC identification card. They must contact the circulation department at the borrowing library to determine what materials they are eligible to check out, the loan period and any restrictions. MCC's library staff will assist the Reciprocal Borrowing library in collecting any overdue fines or materials as needed and may place a block on the MCC faculty, staff or student's Business Office account.

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MCC faculty, staff and students may also check out materials from Omaha Public Library. A public library card is required and may be obtained at any MCC campus library (NOTE: The South Omaha Library is a joint library shared by Metropolitan Community College and Omaha Public Library).

Omaha Public Library materials listed in Horizon (MCC and OPL's shared library catalog) may be requested for pickup at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha or South Omaha campus libraries.

Faculty, staff and students with overdue OPL materials will be assessed overdue fines by OPL and their accounts may be turned over to a collection agency.

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Faculty reserves
Instructors who use DVDs or other library materials in class on an ongoing basis may ask that those materials be placed on reserve, limiting circulation to MCC faculty and staff. This will prevent other library patrons (students or community members) from checking those items out when needed by an instructor.

Instructors who plan to use library materials on a certain date should notify library staff in advance in order to ensure that the item is available on that date. A Course Reserve form must be completed.

Student reserves
Instructors may also request that library materials be placed on reserve for student use. The loan period may vary and is set by the instructor with assistance from library staff. Usual loan periods are two or 24 hours, although longer time periods can be arranged, depending on faculty perception of student needs. Instructors may also request that reserve materials be restricted to in-library use only.

Faculty members may also place their personal or departmental copies of materials on reserve. The library is not responsible for these copies if they are lost or damaged. Instructors may also place copies of course textbooks on reserve for students. The library does not have current course textbooks available in the collection.

Materials obtained by interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve.

Photocopies of articles may be placed on reserve, providing certain copyright restrictions are observed. These restrictions include:

  • A single photocopy may be placed on reserve, providing that the instructor has made the copy and that the copy remains the property of the instructor. The instructor must determine whether the copying has been done according to copyright guidelines; if you have copyright questions, ask the campus library supervisor. The single copy shall be on reserve for one quarter and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the quarter.
  • Multiple photocopies of materials may be placed on reserve, providing that the instructor provides written proof that copyright permission has been obtained or, in the case of spontaneous copying, that permission has been sought. Multiple photocopies remain on reserve for one quarter.
  • If photocopied materials are to remain on reserve for more than one quarter, the faculty member must request permission from the copyright owner and provide written proof of such permission to library staff.
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Other services available through the campus libraries include:


Information about copyright is available on the library website.

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Meeting rooms are available at each campus library. The location and room size vary with each library. Reservations must be made in advance with library staff.

The meeting rooms may also be used to preview or watch DVDs or other audiovisual materials.

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Coin-operated copy machines for the use of faculty, staff, students and the general public are available at the Fort Omaha and South Omaha campus libraries. At Elkhorn Valley a copy machine is available in the student commons area. Copies may be made for a reasonable fee. The copyright laws of the United States govern the use of the copiers, and users must accept responsibility for complying with copyright laws.

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Computer printers are available in each campus library. Printing at the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha campus libraries is free for faculty and staff. Students are charged $0.05 a page. At the beginning of each quarter, the College adds $0.10 to each student's printing account.

By default, the printers at Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha print in duplex (doubled-sided) mode.

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Most classrooms have a networked multimedia computer with the standard College software load, a DVD player, document camera, ceiling-mounted projector, custom-built instructor podium and a screen. Instructional Design Services (IDS) provides orientation and training and maintains the equipment in these rooms (see the IDS site in MyWay for more information). For technical assistance while in a technology classroom, call the Help Desk at extension 2-2900.

The campus libraries also provide a limited amount of audiovisual equipment for faculty use. The selection varies from campus to campus. Contact a campus library for more information about the availability of equipment at that campus.

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Revised 9/21/16