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Looking Inside the Middlesex County College Library

By Ashtyn Gulick
On January 26, 2017

In college, students use the library  for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to relax and stay in a quiet area, or to get work done and study with other students, the library is a perfect place to spend time. In the College’s Library, there are many different resources for the students to use and enjoy. Whether that is the printers, or the vast majority of books to use as research material, the Library serves as a wonderful place to do self study, as well as study for classes.

This spring semester the library will be hosting various, unique events. For example, when the semester begins, the first two weeks will feature an event called “Pop Up Creation Stations,” which will have activity stations where students and faculty members can do puzzles, paper crafts, and button making. Today at 2 p.m. you can learn how take apart a computer. On Friday Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. you can learn how to craft a hanging paper heart. All day, every day during the event you can check out various board games like checkers, chess, Monopoly, backgammon and Upwords with your student ID. There will be more interesting activities as the semester progresses. There will be more interesting activities as the semester progresses.

Aside from these interesting events there are always the year-round resources. For example, our library has access to many databases that are available for all students. These databases can help with class assignments and research. Furthermore, there is always help if the students need it; the librarians are always happy to help. They will help you succeed and get the information you need. After all, databases can be quite tricky.

Another wonderful resource is the Reserve Collection. That is class materials that students may use, however they cannot leave the library with these items. There are textbooks in this collection, however, not all of them are there. So if one would like to use these resources, they would have to know which textbooks are available to study with. Another other amazing resource that is available to use with students study materials are the individual study cubbies. Alternatively, there is a silent study room, which is open to everyone. Now, what if there needs to be a group project done? Well, there are group study rooms that students, with a minimum of at least three per room session, can check out for two hours. The students are given a key and assigned a room downstairs. When the students are finished, everyone has to come back upstairs together to give the key back.

Our library has the biggest open-computer lab on the entire campus. There are over one hundred computers to use. The silent study room and many additional library books are located on the downstairs level. And finally, if a student needs to check out books so that they can study, or to simply enjoy them, they would need their student ID. If a student loses their ID, they can buy a new identification card for ten dollars at the Student Activities Office, located on the main floor of the College Center. The rules for checkout are quite easy to follow. There is also the policy of late fees: for every day a book is late there is a fine of twenty cents. So be sure to bring back items on time! In addition to books, there are also DVDs which have their own fines if brought back late. The library additionally has many graphic novels students may also check out. Overall, the library is a wonderful place to learn and grow. So go ahead and stop at the Middlesex County College Library today. For more information, feel free to contact Library Director Marilyn Ochoa at MOchoa@middlesexcc


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