Library Handbook


The Mendocino College Library supports the educational needs of the students, faculty, and staff at Mendocino College. The new Mendocino College Library was completed in 2012 and houses a collection of over 36,000 volumes with other media. Faculty and librarians select materials to meet the curricular needs of the college and to build upon the collection. If there is a title that we do not have that you would like to access, you may suggest that the librarian buy the item or ask for an Interlibrary Loan. There is a link on the library web site for completing a library material request:

As a student, faculty member, or staff member at Mendocino College, you have access to the resources made available through the library.  This handbook will guide you in learning what materials and services are available to you and how to use them. Emeritus faculty and staff also have privileges, as well as members of the Friends of the Mendocino College Library.

Checking out Library materials
Your ID card is also your library card. It is required for all transactions at the Circulation Desk. Note: Student ID cards can be issued the first day a student is active in a class. 
Loan Periods:

  • Circulating Books: 21 days and 1 renewal
  • DVDs: 7 days no renewal
  • Audio books: 21 days and 1 renewal

If there is a Hold, Recall, or Advanced Booking placed on an item by another patron, the item may not be renewed. To place a hold, you can either call the circulation desk at (707) 468-3158 or do so online: The total number of items that can be checked out is 10 items with a maximum of 10 circulating books and audio books (with only 5 from the same call number area) and a maximum of 5 DVDs as part of the ten items at any given time.

Renewals: You may renew regular circulation books by logging into the library catalog and completing a renewal online, by phone (468-3158), or in person. You may not renew any item on which a Hold, Recall, or Advance Booking has been placed.

Missing Books: If the library catalog (Koha) indicates that an item is checked in, but you do not find it on the shelf, ask for a trace at the Circulation Desk.

Electronic Resources:  EBSCO (our most general and largest database), SIRS (Social Issues Resources Series is good for social issues and controversial topics), CQ Researcher (good for government, history and English writing projects), Britannica Online (an online encyclopedia in both English and Spanish), Country Watch (geographicaland political information on countries around the world), College Source (a resource for college catalogs), and Films on Demand (Streaming Digital Education Video). 

Library Acquisitions: The Mendocino College Library relies on reference librarians to help keep the library materials updated through acquisitions along with routinely withrawing outdated materials to keep the collections relevant. Materials are typically selected by using current review sources such as Library Journal, Booklist, and other major review sources available to academic libraries.  The library staff also asks for input from faculty through regular email communication and it takes requests from all students, faculty, and staff for materials that will help support student learning. Faculty, students, and staff may request library materials by filling out the request form

Holds, Recalls and Advance Bookings: If a book you want to borrow is checked out to someone else, you may place a Hold or Recall on the item. A Hold will reserve the book for you when it is returned to the library on its regular due date. A Recall shortens the loan period for the original borrower to a date set by the librarian. Recall provides a quicker means for obtaining an item currently checked out. An Advance Booking is made when you need particular materials for a presentation or a special project and you know it is so far in the future that you must ensure the availability of the material.

Fines and Replacement Costs: The charge for lost/damaged books is replacement price as found on Ingram’s or Books in Print. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $5. If the book is no longer in print, a standard replacement cost for a book in the circulating collection is $50 and $10-12 for the paperback recreational reading with a $5.00 processing fee. Fines for Books, CDs and Audio Books are $.50 a day. DVDs and reference books have fines of $1 per day. (Items over 6 months overdue are considered lost and full replacement cost is charged to the student’s account along with overdue fines and a $5.00 processing fee. Additionally, these charges must be paid before registration in a successive semester, and they may be deducted from any financial aid at time of re-registration at the college).

Reserve materials: These items are placed at the Circulation Desk by the Instructor. They may be textbooks, workbooks, solutions manuals, media materials or supplemental readings for any course. You can also do a search in our catalog by doing an advanced search, selecting Material Type and then indicating Reserve Textbooks. When you come to the Circulation Desk, ask for the book by course number and title. Please have your Mendocino College ID ready.

Mendocino College Library Hours:

Closed holidays and weekends

Finding your way around
Circulation Desk: When you want to check out a book, video, DVD, music CD, or read reserve materials for course work, stop here. You can also place a hold on books that are checked out to another borrower, ask for a trace for an item you can’t find, and pay fines. Your Mendocino College ID with a barcode is your library card; please show it for all transactions. The Circulation Desk is also the location for making ID Cards. (You must be in a class that is currently meeting in order to check out library materials. Library privileges are only extended during the duration of a class. One-day or two-day short-term classes must use materials in the library or use the electronic resources.)

Copiers and printing: There are two photocopy machines in the library copy room. They are located in the room opposite from the Circulation Desk. Single sided copies are $.10 each for black and white copies and $.25 each for color copies. Additionally, there is counter space near the copiers that holds a stapler, hole-punch, paper clips, scissors, tape, paper cutter, and other materials.

Periodical storage: The library has open stacks for old copies of magazines and other periodicals. They are arranged alphabetically by title in the stacks in the southeast corner of the library near the patio. This is also where the newest periodicals are displayed.

Computer use: There are sixty-nine computers in the library (8 desktop computers in the media viewing area for viewing and listening to media) for searching the library’s electronic resources, the Internet and for completing writing and research projects. There are six terminals for the library catalog that are closest to the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk. Printing from the computers is 10 cents a page for black and white and twenty-five cents a page for color prints. You must log onto the computers using your Webadvisor user name and password.  Prior to printing, you must put money on your print account.  To do this, go to the Circulation Desk where a staff member will help you.  Guest users are allotted half an hour of computer usage a day as long as computers are available. Guests users are limited during midterm and final exam periods.

Audio/video materials:  DVDs circulate for seven days and may not be renewed. Fines for DVDs are $1.00 per day with a maximum of $10 in fines and full replacement cost if the item is not returned or is returned with enough damage that we cannot repair it. CDs and audio books circulate for three weeks and have a fine of $.50 a day. Students, staff and faculty also have access to over 4,000 streaming videos with Films on Demand. There is a link on the library home page and remote access is through the off-campus link to the Library Databases.

Listening /viewing area: In the southwest corner of the library you will find 8 media viewing station computers that are for viewing/listening to videos, DVDs, CDs and audio books. THERE ARE NO FACILITIES FOR DUPLICATING MEDIA IN THE LIBRARY. These items are usually protected by copyright laws.

Services for Students with Disabilities: In the media viewing area there are two computers with Kurzweil software and every attempt has been made to provide a barrier-free environment for students with disabilities. In the Listening/viewing area there is a CCTV which lights and magnifies books and periodicals. Special Services:  Reference Librarians are the primary “interpreters” of services for the disabled in the sense that they will help the student take advantage of what is available. To the extent that they are able, reference librarians will give individualized assistance, including retrieving reference books from shelves. Circulation Department staff will assist in retrieving materials from the general stacks and help with photocopying.

Reference Desk: Ask your questions here. You can receive directions on planning a research project, have your questions answered on style manuals, and learn how to navigate the Databases and eBooks. There is a Reference Librarian on duty during all the hours that the library is open. Please take into consideration that our Reference Librarians may be busy and unavailable during certain times.  If your time is limited, you may wish to schedule an appointment.

Catalog Terminals: These are the six computer screens closest to the Circulation Desk and they are for locating library materials. They are not used for regular computing.

Periodicals Reading area:  Current issues of the periodicals that we subscribe to are displayed on shelves in alphabetical order. There is comfortable seating for you to read, relax and perhaps rest a little.

Book stacks: Mendocino College Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System. The tall stacks contain the circulating books which may be checked out for an initial three weeks and renewed for an additional three weeks. The letters start at A in the northeast corner of the Library and continue to Z near the shorter magazine stacks in the southeast corner.  Reference books and encyclopedias are located near the Library Catalog terminals in the short stacks closest to the Circulation Desk.


Study areas: On the outside edges of the library stacks are study tables and group study rooms. If you choose to study with a group, please sign up for a group study room at the reference desk. (Note: Study groups have priority for using group study rooms. If the library is not busy, individuals may use a group study room, but if demand is high, priority is given to groups to use the rooms.). The library wishes to maintain a quiet area for study. This also means PLEASE TURN OFF OR SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONES AND OTHER NOISY ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT. This is basic library etiquette. In addition, it will keep the other patrons and the librarians happy. Special note: There is a two-hour time limit on group study rooms to allow more students access to them.

Special Collections: The purpose of this collection is to preserve rare, out-of-print, autographed, or very expensive books from the wear and damage to which items in the regular circulating collection may be subjected. Books will be chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
1 Rarity- books from small presses, or great age, with fine bindings or exceptional illustrations, or autographed by the author.
2 Irreplaceable- books of exceptional quality that are no longer in print
3 Edition- first editions of literary works.
4 Cost- Books valued at $150 or more in Books in Print or Bookman’s Price Index. 

The Special Collections are housed in the back and must be requested at the Circulation Desk. Special Collection books do not get checked out of the library.

Restrooms and Water Fountains: You will have to exit the library and turn right in the corridor. The restrooms are halfway down the corridor on the right. The drinking fountain is nearby. Responsible food use is allowed in the library.  You may bring in a bottled drink if the cap is firmly on. Books, computers, maps and printers do not appreciate water or any other moisture.

Children in the library: Children must be accompanied by an adult and must not be left unattended. Parents should help their children follow good library etiquette and be part of a quiet environment. According to Mendocino College Board Policy 319, children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by and supervised by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Interlibrary Loan: If you are looking for a magazine article or book that we do not have, we may be able to borrow it for you from another library.  Please request an ILL form at the Circulation Desk or go to the Interlibrary Loan page of the library web site and fill in as much information as possible. You may request up to 3 items at a time. The borrower is liable for any charges from the lending library. On the ILL request form you will find a place to set the maximum you are willing to pay for a loan. If there are any charges from the lending library, you must pay them before the material is released to you. If you request an item and do not pick it up, and there are charges, these charges will be added to your library account. All books are subject to the same rules and fines as Mendocino College Library books. If you need to request a renewal on an ILL loan, please do so before the book is due. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.

Wireless Network: The Mendocino College Library has a wireless network. If you have any problems with getting on the portal, etc., you should have the questions directed to or call them at 468-3000 ext. 4100. Be certain to give your name and your Mendocino College Student ID number.

Instructional Technology Specialist: The Instructional Technology Specialist assists students and faculty on a number of technical issues that are supported through the library department. They are:
• Provides support for technology in the library such as our desktop terminals, student email, online classes, printing issues, and library software.
• Assists students and faculty with electronic research tools and the automated catalog.
• Helps students and faculty with basic online class tech support issues such as logging in.
• Assists faculty and staff in getting and setting up sites on the portal.
• Maintains and provides tech support for student email.
Contact: (707)468-3054 or

Community Users: The Mendocino College Library has the Friends of the Mendocino College Library community users’ library card. Get a brochure on membership. It is typically $25.00 a year to join for a full year.