Mississippi College

Leland Speed Library

Library FAQ

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What are the library’s hours?
What do I need to check out books or use other library services?
You will need your MC ID card to check out books or other library items. You will also need your MCnet password information to log-in to online library resources.

How many items can I check out and for how long?
Faculty may check out 30 items at one time.  Full-time faculty may check out regular books for 12 weeks.   Books may be renewed at the ‘My Account/Renewal’ link on the library homepage.  Books may also be renewed by phone by contacting the Circulation Desk at 925-3232.

Can I use library resources from my home or office?
Yes, Speed Library subscribes to many online research tools, including more than 32,000 full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper titles; about 600 electronic books; and a selection of research indexes.  The list may be found on the Library Database page.  Connect to these resources from off campus by logging in with your MC net password information.  For more information, see the Off-Campus Access page.

Do you have a list of all of your journals?
To access all library journals, search the library A to Z Journal List.  It can be searched by title or by subject (click the pulldown menu in box under 'Select a Subject to View').

How do I get a book or journal article that the library does not own?

The MC students, staff and faculty can use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request items not owned by Speed Library.  Request forms are found online for either a book request or a journal article request.  For more information visit the Interlibrary Loan page or call the library reference desk at 925-3916.

Can I request that the library purchase something?
We welcome faculty requests for books, videos, or CD’s for addition to Speed Library’s collection. You may use the request form on the library's website, or directly contact your liaison librarian.

Can I link to online library resources from my course web page?
Yes, we encourage instructors to link to library information provided on our website.  This includes our LibGuides that act as pathfinders for particular subject areas or disciplines.  You may also want to link to a particular journal title or a listing of journals from a particular subject area.  This is done by searching our E-journal link and simply doing a 'copy/paste' from the url address bar.

It is possible to also link to a particular journal article.  Explanation as to how to do this is found on our Speed Linking page.  "Speed Linking" allows for the creation of links from a web page (syllabi, reading lists, course packs) directly to the desired full-text articles, book reviews, editorials, etc. in a database.a

The Speed Links will be created to be routed through the proxy server, so that only MC authenticated students will access the articles. The library can assist you in identifying and creating the Speed Links. Instructions for creating the links are on attached page and are also available here.  If you have questions about Speed Linking, call Kathleen Hutchison (925-3870) or Susan Newman (925-3279).

How do I place either print or electronic items on reserve?
Library books, personal copies, or other class reading materials may be placed at the Reserves Desk for use by your students.  Reserve forms are available online.  Please allow one week lead time for preparation of materials. Shorter materials (articles, notes, brief excerpts from books) may also be placed in Electronic Reserves, making them available to students online. For additional information contact Wanda Mosley by e-mail or call 925-3429.  You may also review the Placing Materials On Reserve web page.

How can I schedule a library instruction session for my class?
We are happy to meet with your classes to instruct them in finding and using the information they need for their assignments. We tailor all our sessions to the individual needs of your students.  To schedule library instruction, faculty should contact Claudia Conklin, Reference Coordinator, by email or phone 925-3943.

Who can I ask if I have a library or research-related question?
Visit the Reference/Research Assistance Desk on the 2nd floor of the library, call the desk at 925-3916, or text us at (601)326-2031. You may schedule an individual research consultation with a specific reference librarian or your subject Liaison Librarian.   There is also a Ask A Librarian question form available on the library’s web site.