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Roxbury Community College Library



Noise:  The library is a place designed for quiet study and research.

  • Library staff reserves the right to ask you to leave the library if the noise level is too high.
  • Please respect each person’s right to a quiet study area.
  • Use the library's Group Study rooms, or other designated student activities areas located throughout the RCC campus, to study in small groups, to visit with classmates, and for informal discussion of a personal nature.

Cell Phones:  The library allows low talking on cell phones, no use of phone speakers allowed.

  • Please put your phones on silent or vibrate while entering the library. Ring tones disturb others studying around you.
  • If your phone rings, make sure your speaker is off and talk in a low voice.
  • If you are talking too loud on the phone, staff will ask you to leave the library.

Food: Food and drink in the library causes spills, stains, and messes. Please limit your food to snacks (e.g., bag of chips or a candy bar) and covered drinks.

  • The library prohibits all food or drink at the student computers or in the library classroom.
  • If any food is present in those areas, staff will ask you to move to another part of the library or to put it away (place in backpack etc.)
  • We will ask you to put away or throw out anything that could constitute an actual meal (e.g., a pizza, takeout, etc.) throughout the library.
  • Please leave no trace, throw away trash and report spills.

Computers: Patrons may use library computers to access the HELM online catalog, to facilitate research using the library's electronic databases, and to complete related school work.

  • Patrons may not use the computers for gaming, chat rooms or any illegal activities. Patrons violating these rules must leave the library's computer area.
  • Students must sign in at a computer using their RCC email address and their password (the last 4 digits of their student ID). Students will have one hour on a computer. Students may request an additional hour if other computers are available for research time.
  • Patrons may not upload any program to the library computers or change any Library computer configuration.
  • We offer printing to students for a nominal fee. Each page (side) of black and white printing costs $.10, and each page (side) of color printing costs $.50. Students receive $20.00 worth of printing credit in their account for 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, and 16). The library may inspect your bags upon entrance and exit from the facility. RCC will charge patrons if they damage library property.

Children:  Under no circumstances may children of any age (under 18) remain in the library unattended.

  • If children enter or remain in the library unattended, a librarian will call security.
  • Children under three years of age may not use the library unless participating in a college-related activity supervised by an adult who does not intend to stay in the library for more than five minutes. 
  • Children over 3 may use the library if an adult accompanies them, and they do not cause a disturbance. 
  • RCC-enrolled minors must have an RCC student ID and present it upon request.


Personal belongings:  Please protect your belongings.

  • For your protection and ours, the library reserves the right to call security for personal items (backpacks, bags, laptops) found to be unattended for more than twenty minutes (ten minutes at the student computers).
  • All personal items found unattended at closing time will be handed over to security.

Disruptive behavior:  

  • Loud talking, yelling, use of profanity, arguing with library staff or failure to follow the instructions of library staff affect the environment of the library and the learning experience of students. Library staff reserves the right to ask you to leave the library for disruptive behavior.

If the library's security alarm system sounds as a patron exits the library, we reserve the right to recall them and inspect their belongings.

Please do not return materials to the bookshelves.Return all books and all other materials to the circulation desk or to "return stations" located throughout the library.

Copyright law protects materials in the library. Any duplication, outside of copyright fair use, without permission from the author(s) or producer(s) is subject to legal action as deemed necessary by federal law. For information about the copyright laws, inquire at the circulation desk.

Gift Policy: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 appropriate means.

The RCC Library wants to make these rooms available to as many RCC students as possible. If your request violates any of these guidelines, it will be cancelled.

· Group study rooms are for the use of current RCC students only. Faculty staff and tutors wishing to use the rooms must get prior authorization from the Library Director.

· Rooms may be reserved for a maximum of 2 hours at a time.

· Rooms may be reserved no more than 2 weeks in advance.

· You are allowed to reserve a room a maximum of 4 times within a 2-week period.

· Rooms allow one advanced reservation per person, per day.

· Room reservation may be renewed, upon room availability, at the expiration of the current session. · Rooms are only available during library hours.

· If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the reservation start time, your reservation may be cancelled.

Reserving a group study room

Please review the guidelines above before reserving. If your request violates any of the reservation guidelines above, your reservation will be cancelled.

Please visit the circulation desk and present your RCC Student ID to make a reservation.

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