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Library Policies



Items in the circulation collection can be loaned to any Massasoit student, staff, or faculty member, as well as members of the HELM library network. 

  • Books are due four weeks from checkout date.
  • Library use only: reference books, magazines, and items on reserve.
  • Massasoit offers Interlibrary loan services for hard to find books and articles for research purposes.

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.

If you cannot find the items you want or need through HELM, consider using the Commonwealth Catalog or Interlibrary Loan.

Technology Loans

The library has calculators, Chromebooks, Laptops, and Hotspots available for extended checkout each semester to MCC students.

General Procedure: 

  1. Make an appointment and complete the online contract to pick up the item of your choice.
  2. The fee is added to your student bill for payment.
  3. See the Technology Loan page for details.


What are Reserves?

  • Reserves are books or other materials that instructors have selected for students. These materials provide supplemental information and data. The library provides a place where all students in a given class can access the material.
  • Items on Reserve may not leave the library. 

Where are Reserves located?

  • Reserves are kept behind the circulation desk at both libraries.

How long can a student have a reserve item? 

  • Reserve items can be checked out for two hours at a times. Items may not leave the library. 


Confidentiality of Records

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.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also known as FERPA) protects the privacy of students’ educational records, including student library financial records. In compliance with FERPA, the Library does not disclose information about a student’s record to any third party, including parents, faculty, or other individuals.

Policy for Donors

The library accepts gifts or donations [books, media and in-kind materials*] at the discretion of the Director, and only when they strengthen our collections in support of the institutional mission and goals. The donor should be aware of the following caveats:

  • The library will supply or confirm an itemized list of approved gifts/donations that acknowledges receipt, but does not appraise value.
  • Through acceptance, the donor acknowledges that a gift/donation in its entirety becomes part of the collections and will be managed solely by the department through its curatorial standards. Criteria for removal include: format, subject matter, and physical condition.
  • The department is not obligated to acknowledge or retain any unsolicited items.


*Monetary donations to the college are managed through Institutional Advancement.