You will see the Office 365 login when you click on one of the databases off campus. Use the login you always use for 365 there. The good news is that if you are already logged in to your college email or D2L, you won't need to log in again to go from your classroom to your email to the databases! If you need assistance, contact IT Support at (515) 473-8158.
Because the majority of our services and resources are available online, the library never really closes! However, below are the hours during which you can print, use a study room, check out a book, or ask for assistance from the library staff. Call (515) 643-6613 to confirm hours during breaks, holidays, and inclement weather.
We have four study rooms in the library. Each is equipped with a white board and a VCR/DVD player. The two on the west side are “first-come, first-served," and the two east side rooms have sign-up sheets on the door. There is a 3-hour-per-day limit on the study rooms. Groups and students wishing to view a video or DVD have preference. Read more about the policies and guidelines here.
Yes, we are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We participate in Iowa's Open Access program, which allows the public to check out materials with a picture ID and a library card from a public library in Iowa. The printers/copy machines are not available for public use.
There are electrical outlets next to the study carrels on the north side of the library. For safety reasons we ask users to limit use of power cords to the study rooms, the study carrels, and the tables equipped with outlets. The library has a limited number of laptops available for in-house use.
Articles and electronic documents tare typically available in 2 to 5 days. Hard copy items (primarily books) typically arrive within 10 days. Items that are difficult to obtain may take longer. You will receive an email or a call from the library informing you that your items are ready to be picked up. Electronic documents are delivered directly to you via a link in an email.
You cannot request items that Mercy College owns, but are on reserve. You cannot request textbooks. Some items, such as movies, music, recently-published books, bestsellers, and rare materials can be difficult to obtain as many libraries do not lend them to other libraries.
Students may have 5 active requests at a time. A request is active from the time you submit it until it is returned to the lending library (for hard copy items) or delivered to your email (for PDFs). Currently, there is no "lifetime limit" on the number of requests for faculty and staff.
There is no charge for most loans. If we are not able to borrow an item free of charge, we will contact you for your approval before committing to pay for any item. Mercy College will not cover the cost for the loan itself.
Because the campus is closed, library staff are renewing all library loans which become overdue. You may receive overdue notices, but we understand that it’s impossible to return books now, and we will work with you to get them back to us when the campus opens up.