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 Fall and Spring Semesters

            Monday - Thursday      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

            Friday                          8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Saturday                       9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

            Sunday                       12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


            Monday - Friday          8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

            Saturday - Sunday        CLOSED

 Intersession (January)

            Monday - Friday          8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

            Saturday - Sunday        CLOSED

Spring Break              CLOSED

 Summer Sessions

            Monday - Thursday      8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

            Friday                          8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

            Saturday                       9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

            Sunday                         CLOSED

 Media Booking Hours

            Monday - Friday          8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.







Photo ID

Circulation Staff x0475

Inquire about picture taking schedule

To know if the library has a book or audiovisual program

Reference Desk x0476

Determine if it’s available, if not, how to get it

To know the status of books on order or in process

Kathy Buta x0473

Check the files and expedite, if necessary

To know the status of audiovisual materials

Kathy Buta x0473

Place a copy on reserve, if available

Copies of your textbook in the library, when bookstore is running out

Kathy Buta x0473

Place a copy on reserve, if available

To suggest the library purchase a book or audiovisual materials.  Advice or information on audiovisual materials for classroom use.

Marianne Rough x0465

Consider for purchase, taking into account funds, demand, and other materials in collection.  Audiovisual materials are ordered on preview

To suggest the library subscribe to a new periodical

Priscilla Thompson x0468

Consider for purchase, taking into account funds, demand, and other materials in collection

To arrange to use a video or other media in your classroom

Media Booking Office x0478 or x0479

Arrange for classroom use.  You must supply dates and times.  Equipment is automatically reserved at the same time.

To rent a film/video from an off-campus source

Circulation Staff x0478 or x0479

Check availability and rent or borrow, if possible

To get a book or article on interlibrary loan

Tawana Saxon x0021

Obtain on loan, arrange for reciprocal borrowing or referral to other libraries

Material from the Maryland Documents Collection

Reference Desk x0476

Help you locate Maryland state documents from our depository collection

Material from the college’s archives

Reference Desk x0476

Help you locate the papers and photographs you need from the college’s archives

Consultation for bibliographic services

Norma Schmidt x0471

Discuss your need and recommend ways of retrieving bibliographic information

To arrange for an information literacy session for your students

Norma Schmidt x0471

Arrange for a session conducted by a library faculty member

To place print materials on reserve for required reading

Angela Abrams x0047


Bettye Jones x0043

Place behind the circulation desk for “building use only” for a specified time period

To place audiovisual materials on reserve for required viewing

Media Booking Office x0478 or x0479



Place behind the circulation desk for a 2 day period

Information on the availability of telecredit tapes in the Library/Media Center

Caroline Lopez x0048


Bettye Jones x0043

Determine if telecredit tapes are on the shelf for student use

To arrange for a special library service for a handicapped student

Norma Schmidt x0471

Work with you in meeting the student’s special needs







to reserve media equipment.

Media Operations   x-0482

reserve and arrange for pick up or delivery.

off-campus classroom use.

Extension Center Coordinator

arrange for pick-up and deliver to Extension Centers.

information on audiovisual equipment purchases.

Don Rodriguez       x-0489

provide advice concerning your needs, specifications, and possible vendors.

equipment repaired, in either

classroom or media-based lab.

Media Operations   x-0482

Don Rodriguez       x-0489

Mike Saar               x-0487

substitute a piece of equipment or provide on-site repair.

information on photocopying services in Marlboro 2066.

Don Rodriguez       x-0489

provide information, assistance, and referral.

instruction on equipment operation.

Don Rodriguez       x-0489

Mike Saar               x-0487

demonstrate how to use equipment.

information on FAX services in Marlboro Hall.

Don Rodriguez       x-0489

Mike Saar               x-0487

give you information on how to send or receive a FAX






consultation for

bibliographic services.

Norma Schmidt           x-0471

discuss your need and recommend ways of retrieving bibliographic information.

to arrange for an information literacy session for your students.

Norma Schmidt           x-0471

arrange for a session conducted by a library faculty member.

to place print materials on reserve for required reading.

Caroline Lopez           x-0046

Bettye Jones                x-0043

place behind the circulation desk for "building use only" for a specified time period.

to place audiovisual materials on reserve for required viewing.

Circulation Staff         x-0475

place behind the circulation desk for 2-day period.

information on the availability of telecredit tapes in the Library/Media Center.

Caroline Lopez           x-0046

Bettye Jones                x-0043

determine if telecredit tapes are on the shelf for student use.

to arrange for a special library service for a handicapped student.

Norma Schmidt           x-0465

work with you in meeting the student's special needs.




See §5-102 of the college CODE


                         1.      Statement Concerning Academic Freedom For The Library at Prince George's Community College

The Library is protected from any attempts from within or without the college to restrict the academic freedom of the center or its staff. This protection derives from the college's endorsement of the 1940 statement of principles on academic freedom of the American Association of University Professors.

The college endorses and subscribes to the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" and "Freedom To Read Statement."

Both of these documents declare that it is the responsibility of the Library:

                                 a.         To make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those which are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.

                                 b.         To oppose and challenge all attempts to impose external censorship on the Library.

                                 c.         That the Constitutional Rights of Freedom or Expression not be abridged in any way.

The Materials Selection Policy of the Library as described below is protected by, and is an endorsement of, the principles of academic freedom as stated in the documents cited above.

                         2.      Scope: Materials selection, while giving priority to those materials which meet direct curricular needs, includes representative works which might arouse intellectual curiosity, counteract parochialism, challenge current attitudes, help to develop critical thinking and cultural appreciation, or stimulate use of the resources for continuing education and personal development and recreation. One function of higher education is to develop adult citizens intellectually capable of taking their places in a changing society; provision for materials beyond curricular needs is essential for this goal.

                        3.      Level and Interest: The collection provides materials relevant to the various ages, cultural backgrounds, intellectual levels, developmental needs, and vocational goals represented in the college community.

Our students represent all strata of community and national life. To meet their needs the collection must contain materials of all kinds and at all levels. Those students who require basic remedial materials, those who seek vocational training or retraining, and those who are utilizing their retirement years for personal stimulation should each find the materials which can serve their interests and solve their problems. Special care is taken to include representative materials related to the needs of cultural or racial minorities.

                         4.      Viewpoints: All attempts should be made to select materials reflecting all divergent social, religious, political, and moral viewpoints.

                        5.      Type of Materials: Resources of all types are selected to meet curricular or individual needs. These include motion pictures, film loops, filmstrips, slides, transparencies, video discs and tapes, art reproductions, charts, posters, models, specimens, disc and tape recordings, programmed learning aids, government documents and other related materials.

                                 B.        Reference Collection: The reference collection includes a wide selection of significant subject and general bibliographies, authoritative lists, periodical indexes, CD-ROM and online databases, and standard reference works in all fields of knowledge. Every two-year college requires extensive bibliographical materials for use in locating and verifying items for purchase, for borrowing through interlibrary loan, for providing for subject needs of users, and for evaluating the collection.

                                 b.         Newspapers and Magazines: Newspapers and magazines with various geographical, political, social, and moral points of view on national and state issues are represented in the collection. They also reflect community, national, and worldwide points of view. Backfiles of several newspapers are retained in print or microfilm.

                                 (3)       Microforms: Microforms are given as high consideration as the printed originals in development of backfiles of materials. Consideration is given to the use of microforms rather than the purchase of backfiles of the printed volumes because of possible cost reduction, storage space required, and control. Monographs in microform are acceptable when originals cannot be obtained, but do not replace holdings of printed volumes as needed in the center.

                                 d.         Government Documents: The Library/Media Center is a state documents depository. These documents are received, free of charge, on a regular basis.

                                 e.         Vertical File: A vertical file of pamphlet and other ephemeral material is maintained. An effective and up-to-date pamphlet file is a strong resource in any college. Included in the vertical file are vocational and ephemeral materials developed through systematic acquisition of new materials including subscriptions to pamphlet services and requests for free materials.

                         6.      Responsibility for Selection and Production of Materials

The selection of materials is a responsibility shared by members of the teaching faculty and Library faculty. Library faculty view it as a major responsibility to encourage and provide leadership in helping the college community acquire and produce materials that will enhance the teaching and learning process.

Faculty members are encouraged to make recommendations as an instructional responsibility. Utilization of the specialists' skills in the Library for collection development is encouraged.

Materials needed for the educational program which are not available from commercial sources or which must be geared to a specific need of an individual instructor or student will be produced jointly by the Library staff and teaching faculty.

                                  a.         Gifts: Gifts are accepted only when they add strength to the collection and have no significant limitations about housing, handling, or disposition of duplicate, damaged, or undesirable items presented. Gifts frequently require more time to screen, organize, catalog, and process than new materials. Storage space and staff time requirements will be considered in accepting gift materials. In acknowledgment of gifts, attention will be called to government recognition of such contributions for tax purposes but a monetary appraisal will not be assigned by the Library.

                                 b.         Limitations:

                                             (1)              Number of Copies : The number of copies of an item the Library will purchase depends primarily on the amount of projected use, a decision to be made jointly by faculty and library staff. Obviously budget as well as special requirements will be considered. In general, it is considered undesirable as well as uneconomical to invest library funds in large numbers of copies of a single item.

                                             (2)              Expensive Items: These items, which generally fall in the media area, should be justified on the basis of (a) the way the materials fit into the general objectives of the course or program; (b) quantitative use, and (c) quality. Since many of these items generate costly equipment acquisitions, a systems approach should be utilized for both materials of this type and equipment needs. A systems approach means a methodology, a framework for design and implementation and means materials are purchased in view of purpose, and process content. Decisions on these purchases will be made jointly by the faculty and library staff.

                                             (3)              Priorities: The final decision as to the order in which materials are to be purchased or produced is the responsibility of the dean of the Learning Resources in consultation with the Library staff and the teaching faculty.

Many factors enter into priority ranking of purchases or production. The decision must be based upon knowledge of total commitments, provision for similar materials in the existing collection, needs of academic departments, and the development of new curricula. Purchase and production of materials as determined by the allowed budget and special funds available in accordance with acquisition policies.

Primary concern, of course, is given to faculty needs relating to their courses and to the suitable balance of expenditures among departments, but final determination of priorities has to be centralized.

B.                    INTERLIBRARY LOANS

                        1.      General Policy: Interlibrary loans will be made for the faculty in order to make available for research specialized library materials not in our library. This service is a courtesy and a privilege, not a right, and dependent on the cooperation of many libraries. Because of the cost of the service (mailing, clerical, searching, etc.) and the conflict in demand for certain kinds of material, this service will be restricted to requests that cannot be filled by other means.

                                 a.         Materials considered appropriate for loan include:

                                             (1)              Material on a specific subject not available in the LRC.

                                             (2)              Out-of-print materials.

                                             (3)              Articles (xeroxed) from periodicals not in our collection.

                                             (4)              Dissertation theses, if not on microfilm. (Microfilm dissertations must be purchased from University of Microfilms or other sources since libraries will not send them through interlibrary loan.)

                                 b.         Materials considered inappropriate are:

                                             (1)              Materials on order for our collection.

                                             (2)              Books for reserve or class assignments. These items will not be supplied through interlibrary loan. For reserve or classroom use, materials should be ordered well in advance of the period for which they are needed. In special cases the Library can order an item "rush" and give it priority in the ordering procedure.

                                             (3)              A large number of books basic for a thesis at one time.

                                             (4)              Basic reference materials.

                                             (5)              Books for examination to determine appropriateness for purchase; a good review; or appearance on a standardized list is considered sufficient justification for purchase.

                                             (6)              U.S. books in print of moderate cost.

                                             (7)              Current fiction and generally current books for which there is anticipated a recurring demand.

These regulations conform to the National Inter-library Loan Code of 1968 which has been approved by the executive bodies and membership of the major library associations including the Association of College and Research Libraries.

                        2.      Procedures

                                 a.         Loans requested can be placed with the reference librarian on duty. Faculty are asked to fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form providing the most complete information available as to author, title, publisher (or periodical title, volume, date, and pages), and source of information (bibliography, etc.).

                                 b.         The time for filling a request usually ranges from a week to as long as a few months, depending on the availability of the material. On occasion, the staff must try a number of libraries before filling the request. Faculty are informed immediately when the material arrives. The due date is determined by the lending library; for more fragile materials the lending library may also specify use restricted to the building.

                                 c.         Clerical and mailing charges will be absorbed by the Library budget, generally to a limit of $10 total per person for the academic year.

                        3.      Sources Of Materials Outside The Library

                                 (1)       The Prince George's County Memorial Library. We can get materials on interlibrary loan, but it is usually quicker to deal directly with the county system.

                                 (2)       The Maryland Inter-library Loan Network (MILO), which draws upon the resources of Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, with various other libraries as needed.

                                 (3)       Maryland academic libraries, under the Guidelines for Reciprocal Library Borrowing for Faculty as passed by the State Board for Higher Education in 1977. This enables faculty to borrow directly from other Maryland academic libraries, but a special form is needed for each visit. Contact the interlibrary loan librarian at the LRC for details.

                                 (4)       Special libraries in the greater Washington area, and libraries outside Maryland, through direct interlibrary loan.

                                 (5)       The Library Of Congress: Since we are located too close to the Library of Congress to qualify for regular interlibrary loan service, we have a special permit which allows books to be withdrawn "for faculty use only." Contact the interlibrary loan librarian for details.