The RCC Library strives to promote student learning and
faculty instruction in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Library programs include computer technologies, print and
media materials, and information literacy instruction essential
to lifelong learning. We invite you to visit the Library
We believe that all RCC students are capable of excellence
if given the skills necessary to succeed. In the new millennium,
more than ever, library staff must teach information literacy
and learning skills to empower students to take a proactive
role in their own education. The more the Library can respond
to changes in the information society, the better we can
provide programs essential to preparing students for careers
and continued learning.
||To promote quality education for a diverse,
non-traditional, multi-cultural population using information
literacy skills development, on-line services, and the
use of library collections to support classroom instruction
and provide resources and instruction for those pursuing
learning on their own.
||To take a leadership role in the development and use
of instruction and information technology essential to
effective teaching and learning.
||To initiate and develop partnerships with faculty,
staff and colleagues in other institutions to expand
learning opportunities for our students.
||To empower students to develop research skills essential
to college level work and lifelong learning and to help
students develop an appreciation for different cultures
and lifestyles and a natural curiosity about the world
in which we all live.
||To assess the effectiveness of library programs using
current library assessment tools and to maintain a profile
of library users to provide appropriate, high quality
||To assess the collection in relationship to the curriculum,
student learning needs, standards for community colleges
and planned methods of instruction.
||To manage effectively a dynamic and flexible library
capable of anticipating and responding to the evolving
needs and responsibilities of the college.
Food, drinks and smoking are not permitted in the
Patrons caught with food or drink in the library will be
required to leave for the rest of the day. Rodents, insects
and spilled food are very destructive to Library materials.
Patrons are encouraged to visit the food service areas or
designated lounge areas.
The Library is reserved for
quiet study. Due to the nature of our open
study spaces, we do not support group study efforts, except
in the Group Study room . Use the library's group study
room (you must sign up for the room at the circulation desk)
or other designated student activities areas located throughout
the RCC campus in order to study in small groups, to visit
with classmates, and for informal discussion of a personal
nature. Please respect each patron's right to a quiet study
area. Please refrain from talking when using the photocopy
machines as they are adjacent to study areas. The RCC Security
Officer will handle situations involving patrons who repeatedly
disrupt other students. In order to maintain a quiet study
environment, the use of IPod's/MP3 players
and cell phones are prohibited.
Library computers are to be
used to access the Polaris online catalog and to facilitate
research through use of the Library's electronic databases.
Patrons are not allowed to use the computers for gaming,
chat rooms or any illegal activities. Patrons violating
these rules initially will be asked to leave the Library's
computer area. Repeated violations will result in an RCC
Security Officer being called to the scene. Students must
sign in at a computer using their student ID # as the user name and the intitials of their first, middle and last name + their student ID# as their password.. Students
are then allotted a one-hour period on a computer. Students
may request an additional hour if no other student has signed
up for research time. Patrons are not allowed to upload
any program to the Library computers or change any Library
computer configuration. A printer is available for student
use. Every student gets $20.00 placed into their account for printing each semester.
The Library upholds policies outlined in the RCC Student
Manual regarding plagiarism and defacement/damage
to college property. It also upholds Article III: Proscribed Conduct
of the Massachusetts Community Colleges Model Student Disciplinary
Code (i.e. specifically Item B sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
15, 16). The Library may inspect your bags upon entrance
and exit from the facility. Damage done to Library property
will be charged to the patron responsible.
Children under three years of age are not allowed
in the Library unless participating in a college related activity
supervised by two adults or accompanied by an adult who
does not intend to stay in the Library more than five minutes. Under no circumstances are children of any age to be left unattended in the library. Security will be called.
If the Library's security alarm system sounds as a Library
patron exits the Library, we reserve the right to recall
the patron and inspect his or her belongings.
Please do not return materials to the bookshelves.
Return all books and all other materials to the Circulation
or to "Return Stations" located throughout the
Materials in the Library are protected under the copyright
laws. Any duplication, outside of copyright specifications,
without permission from the author(s), producers is subject
to legal action as deemed necessary by federal law. For
information about the copyright laws, inquire at the Circulation
The Library is easily accessible to physically challenged
persons. We have an internal elevator, space between stacks
to permit wheelchair access and a carrel designed for wheelchairs.
We also have special equipment for the sight impaired.
Beginning September 3, 2003, there will be a $1.00 replacement
fee charged for anyone who loses his RCC Library barcode.
Beginning September 3, 2003,
the processing fee for a lost book or lost AV material
will be increased to $15.00.
The RCC staff gratefully acknowledges those wishing to
donate materials to the library. We reserve
the right to select only those materials that will enhance
the curricula of the college and to dispose of any remaining
material by way of donations to area booksellers or other
Your Feedback is Important! Please share your ideas, comments
and suggestions with us through the use of the Feedback Notebook
at the Help Station or reach us by email at Library1@rcc.mass.edu.