|Visit: Circulation Desk, Library Main Floor|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
MCLA full- and part-time students, faculty, and staff
Community members, Alumni, Williams College Faculty and Students (see our community borrowers policy for more information)
HELM Library patrons
|MCLA/HELM Students||MCLA/HELM Faculty & Staff||Community Borrowers, Alumni, Williams College Students and Faculty|
|Circulating Books||28 day loan; one 14 day renewal||1 semester (fall/spring/summer) loan; 1 semester renewal||28 day loan; one 14 day renewal|
|Reserves||In-library use only||In-library use only||Non-circulating|
|Faculty Collection DVDs||In-library use only||7 days||In-library use only|
|Popular DVDs||7 days; one 7-day renewal||7 days; one 7-day renewal||7 days; one 7-day renewal|
|DVD Players||3 days||3 days||In-library use only|
|Other equipment (chargers, headphones,, etc.)||In-library use only||In-library use only||In-library use only|
|Maximum number of simultaneous checkouts||50||50||5|
Items cannot be renewed if you have any fees on your account.
Check our Interlibrary Loan page for information on how to borrow materials that MCLA does not own.
BEFORE YOU BORROW A LIBRARY LAPTOP, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Freel Library strives to create an environment where all patrons are welcomed, respected, and treated equitably. We ask that library patrons join us in this effort.
Library patrons are expected to observe MCLA policies as well as state and federal laws and to behave in a way that maintains an environment conducive to work and study.
Patrons who prefer a quieter study environment are encouraged to study upstairs.
Library staff will speak with patrons whose behavior in a given study area is disrupting others’ ability to work. Library staff reserve the right to determine what constitutes disruptive behavior. Patrons unwilling or unable to observe these policies may be asked to leave the building.
Food and drink are permitted in the library. Please respect custodial and library staff, as well as other library patrons, by cleaning up after yourself and promptly alerting library staff of any spills.
Please approach any member of the library staff if violations of these policies are affecting your ability to use and enjoy library spaces, collections, or services.
Questions and comments about these policies may be directed to the Associate Dean for Library Services.
See also the following MCLA Policies:
Three study rooms are available for student use in Freel Library. These rooms are intended to support collaborative projects and assignments. While other uses are permitted, those who are working together on a group project may receive priority.
All rooms have whiteboards and markers.
Freel Library welcomes donations of academic books and other materials that will add to the scope, depth, and relevance of our collection. Gifts have enabled us to enrich teaching, learning, and the student experience at MCLA.
We evaluate donations similarly to new purchases: items must be relevant to the MCLA curriculum, in good condition, appropriate for academic research, up-to-date in content and format, fit within available library shelf space, and not duplicate existing titles. Librarians responsible for collection development will make the final determination of whether items are appropriate for the collection.
Generally, we do not accept journal or magazine issues, older editions of textbooks, items in poor condition (e.g., highlighted, underlined, torn or yellowed pages, etc.), media in formats not currently supported by the library (e.g., LP, cassette, VHS), and copies of videos or television programs that do not comply with copyright law.
Thank you for considering donating your materials to Freel Library.