The Massasoit Community College Library reflects the mission of the College by providing its diverse population with the information resources that support a wide range of transfer and career programs; by teaching the information-seeking skills needed for success in college and for lifelong learning; by preserving and making accessible the College’s historical materials; and by allowing the use of its facilities and collections to play a role in the intellectual and cultural life of the College community.
Click here for the complete Mission Statement and Goals. (PDF)
The College Libraries provide reference materials and circulating books as well as newspapers and other periodicals in current (paper), microfilm and electronic formats. Reference materials, periodicals and reserve books may be used only in the library; circulating books may be borrowed for four weeks. Professional reference assistance, reserve materials, and access to other libraries' materials through inter-library loan are available.
Click here for the complete Borrowing/Circulation Policy. (PDF)
Out of consideration for other patrons, the use of cell phones is not allowed in the library. Phones should be turned off or set to vibrate before entering.
The major purpose of the library is to participate in the educational program of the Massasoit Community college by providing materials:
- that will enrich and support the curriculum
- that will meet the informational needs of the students, staff, and community members.
- that will stimulate the development of critical thinking skills, growth in factual knowledge, literacy appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;
- that supply a background of information which will enable users to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives;
- representing diverse subjects and learning/interest levels necessary to complement the open door policy of the community college.
- We believe that the maintenance of a free society requires free access to different points of view and a conscientious effort is made to include material concerning all sides of an issue. To this end, the library affirms its acceptance of the principles enumerated in the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the American Library Association.
Click here for the complete Collection Development Policy. (PDF)
Massasoit Community College Library is committed to providing a quiet, welcoming, respectful atmosphere conducive to study and research in an environment that is comfortable, clean, and safe for both library users and staff. Any behavior that interferes with the operation of the Library or its users may be considered disruptive. Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, excessive noise, intimidation, abuse, or other disruptive actions. At the discretion of staff, disruptive users may be asked to move to another area or leave the Library entirely. If the user refuses to comply, Campus Police will be contacted for assistance.
Click here for the complete Library User Conduct Policy (PDF)
Confidentiality of Records<top>
The circulation staff of the Massasoit Community College Library will do all in its power to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of its users. The Library endorses the ALA Code of Ethics which states: We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.
Click here for the complete ALA Code of Ethics (PDF)
It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students and anyone using the facilities or resources of Massasoit Community College to read, understand and follow the Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy. Any person with questions regarding the application or meaning of this policy should seek clarification from the Chief Academic Officer. Failure to observe this policy may subject individuals to disciplinary action pursuant to applicable handbooks or collective bargaining agreements, up to and including expulsion from the College or termination of employment,. Further, failure to observe this policy may result in violation of civil and/or criminal laws.
Click here for the complete Massasoit Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy (PDF)
Food and Drink
No food items are allowed in the computer area. Only re-sealable/twist top drink containers are allowed at computer workstations – these containers must be placed under the computer table.
Library Study Areas:
Food items are limited to snacks and only re-sealable/twist top drink containers are allowed. Resulting trash must be properly disposed of when leaving.
Gifts are accepted only when they add strength to the collection and impose no significant limitations on housing, handling or disposition of duplicate or undesirable items. It shall be made clear to the donor that only those gifts meeting our selection standards will be considered for the collection. Gifts that are not suited to the library collection, because of age, format, topic, physical condition, or other factors will be disposed of according to College policies for surplus items.
Handicapped Accessibility < top >
The Massasoit Community College Libraries are committed to providing accessibility to library materials, programs, and services to all users. All staff will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests from users with disabilities. If your disability is invisible, please identify yourself as having a disability when you seek assistance.
For a complete statement of services click here: Services for Users with Disabilities (PDF)
According to ACRL, “information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information’.” In accordance with the Massasoit Community College Mission Statement and the Library Mission Statement, the Librarians are committed to supporting the educational, personal, and lifelong learning goals of our diverse community by providing Information Literacy Instruction in the Library Classrooms as well as through point-of-use Information Literacy Instruction with individual Library users.
Click here for the complete
Information Literacy Policy (PDF)
The Massasoit Community College Library is committed to fulfilling requests from Massasoit staff, faculty and students for materials otherwise not available. The Library is equally committed to the cooperative exchange of library materials among institutions.
Click here for the complete Interlibrary Loan Policy (PDF)
Massasoit Community College Library aims to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of Massasoit’s diverse community. In response to these goals, the advances in technology, and the changing needs of the community, Massasoit Library provides access to the Internet as a library reference tool. The Internet is a worldwide network of computers, which provides access to a wide range of materials for educational, recreational, and reference use. Massasoit Library does not control the content of the information that resides on the Internet nor is there an outside central control over its use or content. Massasoit Library does not use filtering software to block access to information resources and cannot protect its users from information or graphic images that they may find offensive. Internet access for research purposes is provided equally to all library users, regardless of age. Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information accessed by their children.
For a complete statement of policy and responsibilities click here: Internet Acceptable Use Policy (PDF)
Currently enrolled Massasoit Community College students and currently employed faculty and teaching academic staff are eligible to borrow laptops. All users must abide by the Library’s Check-Out Policy for Laptops and agree to its rules and regulations.
Reserves < top >
For Reserve Form please click here: Reserve Form.
Personal belongings should not be left anywhere in the Library unattended. Any such items left in the Library on
a chair, table, at a computer, on the floor, etc. will be turned over to the Campus Police. This includes: laptops, bags,
books, cell phones, etc.
The staff at Massasoit Community College understands that in some circumstances it may be necessary to bring children on campus. Thus, although not encouraged, children are not prohibited from being on the campus so long as they are under the direct supervision of a parent and/or a designated adult at all times. College staff and faculty members responsible for specific College areas reserve the right to exclude children from that area when, in their judgment, it is in the interest of health, safety, or the educational process. The College cannot be responsible for the care and supervision of unattended children. Campus police will be asked to locate and return to the custody of the parent any unattended children.