December 1, 2014

Library Noise Policy

Now that finals are quickly approaching, it is a good time to review and remember the noise policy in the library. This policy is an effort to help promote a quieter space for the MCU community.

Library Noise Policy

As part of its mission, the Library strives to create a welcoming environment where community members can study, work on individual projects and reflect.

The library functions as a teaching space, where community members can consult a librarian to locate and use research materials, and a service location, where community members and staff conduct business typical of library operations. It is expected that the normal conduct of business in the Library will produce some noise, simply due to the small size of the facility.

We expect that community members are mature enough to maintain respectful behavior while in the library. In those instances where necessary, please seek out a librarian for assistance in requesting lower tones in conversation and addressing inappropriate conduct.

Examples of inappropriate conduct include:
  • Loud and obnoxious conversations in large groups.
  • Loud conversations on smart/cell phones.
  • Inappropriate and offensive language.

In an effort to reduce noise, group study is encouraged outside of the library, primarily using the Commons. Group tables are being replaced in the library with more individualized furniture.  Students will be encouraged to use outside facilities when seeking to conduct group activity in the library.

Students who repeatedly violate the Library noise policy may be:

  • Asked to leave the Library.
  • Reported to the Student Judicial System for disorderly conduct, violation of a college policy, and/or failure to cooperate.

As always, we invite you to come into the library, we just ask that you keep others in mind while in the space.

Good Luck During Finals!

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Attention Please!!!

The library will be closed from 
Nov. 26th to 29th

We will reopen Sunday
 Nov. 30th from 11am to 5pm.

Enjoy your break.

Happy Thanksgiving!

--The MCU Library Team

September 23, 2014

Celebrate Banned Books Week!


This week the library will be celebrating the nationally recognized
Banned Books Week.

Why Banned Books Week?

Held during the last week of September since 1982, Banned Books Week not only encourages readers to examine challenged literary works, but also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Its goal is "to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society."

Often book challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:

1.     The material was considered to be "sexually explicit"

2.     The material contained "offensive language"

3.     The materials was "unsuited to any age group"
American libraries are one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere.

Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.

Stop by and check out the list of the Top 10 Banned Books of 2013 at our Banned Books Display!




August 18, 2014

Welcome to Fall 2014

Welcome back, MCU students! We hope you're as fired up as the Library is to start the new academic year. To get the most out of your classes, be sure to visit the Library often throughout the semester. The Library is the place to:
  • Get individual research assistance from librarians
  • Borrow a textbook from course reserves (books your professors require you to read for class)
  • Find print books and e-books that will help you in writing great papers
  • Discover articles from scholarly sources on your topics
  • Watch informative films about the subjects you are researching
  • Keep up to date with the latest news locally, nationally, and globally
  • Find a quiet place to study (for group study, we encourage you to use the Commons)
  • Check out something fun to read from our recreational reading and graphic novel collections 
New Fall Hours:
See you in the Library!

May 22, 2014

Summer at Marymount California University Library

While you are studying abroad in Greece or just on vacation, the library will remain open for Summer session. We will be open all Summer long, so be sure to stop by and say hello! 

New Summer Hours:

Also, be sure to greet Katie when you see her in the library. Katie is our student-worker for the Summer. She will be managing multiple projects throughout the Summer months for the library. Below, Katie can be seen advertising our Summer reading display in the library.

Enjoy your Summer, we will see you in the Fall!

May 1, 2014

Finals Week @ MCU Library

Finals week is upon us once again at Marymount California University
The library would like to wish our students the best of luck on their upcoming final exams. We also want to be the first to give best wishes to the graduating seniors. We wish you more than luck in your future professional and academic pursuits and have enjoyed your presence over the past four years. The library also wants to wish good luck to our students who are planning to transfer to other institutions, we know you will go on to do great things! Finally, we want to acknowledge the great work that our student workers have done this year, without them none of our success would be possible.

 In reference to finals week, the library will be keeping these hours:
Mon - Thur 8-8
Friday 8-4
Saturday 11-5
Sunday 11-8

The library would also like to thank you for your participation in the annual library survey. We received  a record number of responses this year and we are already using your feedback to improve library services going forward into the future.

As noted by your responses to this year's survey, our small library can get noisy from time to time. We realize due to the nature of the library's size this can be inescapable at times. That being said, we ask all of our students to be considerate of noise levels and respectful of others during this stressful time. If you have plans for collaborative and/or group study sessions, feel free to utilize the student commons and empty classrooms in Cecilia Hall for studying purposes. In accordance with your requests the library hopes to provide an atmosphere and environment that ensures all are well-prepared for finals, and we appreciate your help in keeping the noise levels down so that everyone has an opportunity to properly study and ready themselves for their end of term exams.

Thanks again from your friends in the library and good luck with finals!

March 31, 2014

Annual Library Services Student Survey

Hello Marymount Students:

We need your help!  Please take a few minutes to click on the following link and complete the annual Library Services Survey:

                              Marymount Library Survey 2013-14

We use this information to improve library services, so your input is extremely valuable.

Once you complete the survey, you can enter to win ONE of TWO Amazon Gift Cards!  

Simply follow these instructions to enter:

1.     Print the survey completion page.

2.     Put your Name and Student ID on this printed page.

3.     Return this printed page with your Name and Student ID to the Library front desk by April 30, 2014.

Winners will be announced during Finals week.  Only Marymount students may enter.

It’s as simple as that.  Help us to help you by completing this short survey.