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Library Policies

Mission Statement of the Manhattan Christian College Library

The mission of the Manhattan Christian College Library is to provide the services and resources necessary to help educate, equip, and enrich the students, faculty, administration, and staff of Manhattan Christian College, as well as to the surrounding local community. This mission is primarily centered on the instructional tasks of the college, focusing on the curricular support of the students and teaching faculty of the college. The library’s mission includes providing the following:

  • Materials (print and non-print media) to support the curriculum of the college.
  • Materials (print and non-print media) to help support faculty research.
  • Staff assistance
  • Library orientation
  • Research Instruction

In addition, it supports personal growth, providing a place and media for non-technical and recreational reading and other activities, as appropriate and feasible.


The library is committed to the free exchange of ideas. To meet the curricular needs of the college, materials will be purchased to reflect a wide variety of viewpoints and modes of expression, even those of a controversial nature. No materials shall be excluded from the collection because of the race or nationality of the authors, or the political, moral, or religious views expressed therein.
Criticism or attempts at censorship of library-owned materials shall be submitted in writing to the Library Director. They shall reply by sending a copy of the above policy. Cases of continued criticism shall be referred to the Learning Resources Committee.


  • Students – Their needs for study and research are the library’s first priority.
  • Faculty – The library endeavors to obtain, when possible, materials necessary for study and research. If the library is unable to purchase the necessary materials, the faculty member may be able to obtain them through Kansas State University’s Hale Library or through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • Staff and Administration – They may use materials provided for students and faculty.
  • Surrounding Local Community – They may use materials provided for students and faculty but are limited to five items at a time. The first time they use the library they will be charged $5.00 to cover the cost of making them a library card. They may use the library Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – Other libraries may use materials provided for students and faculty. In addition, the MCC library will use ILL to access materials from other libraries for its patrons.


The library contains books (print and electronic), videos and DVDs, CD-ROMs, print periodicals, electronic databases, maps, and audiotapes.


Checking Out Materials:

  • Library Photo ID is required
  • Staff assistance is required to check out materials
  • A “HOLD” may be placed on any materials that are checked out. Any item with a “hold” on it may not be renewed
  • Persons not affiliated with MCC may check out books, but have a limit of 5 books at a time. They are required to have a library card, which costs $5.00. Click here for more information.

Loan Periods:

Books 30 days
CD-ROMs (no renewal) 7 days
Commentaries 7 days
Christian Ed. Materials 7 days
Periodicals In library only
DVDs (no renewal) 7 days
Videos (no renewal) 7 days
Audiocassettes 7 days
Reserves (no renewal) Set by professor
Reference In library only
Renewals for regular books 2 weeks
Renewals for 7-day items 3 days

Overdue Items:

  • Patrons will be notified via e-mail three days before an items is due.
  • Fines for Regular Materials: $0.25/day/item
  • Fines for Reserve Materials: $5.00/day/item
  • If you need a book longer, it may be renewed, provided there is not a hold on it or it is not a Reserve book
  • No materials may be checked out if the person has items overdue or owes a fine
  • Renewal Procedure: May be made in person, by phone [(785) 539-3571, ext. 110], or by accessing the patron’s personal account on the catalog web site
  • The title, author, and bar code number of the book are required.
  • MAIN books may be renewed for two weeks, while items that are normally checked out for 7 days (commentaries, DVDs, etc.) may be renewed for three days.


All library materials used within the library must be counted for circulation statistics. Please do not reshelve library books, periodicals, audios, videos, DVDs, etc. Take them to the Circulation Desk.


Public access computers are located on the 3rd Floor. All public computers are connected to a laser copier/scanner/printer that prints black & white copies; cost is 5¢/page. An MCC ID is required to print and copy.

Items on the Library Computers:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Access, Excel, & PowerPoint)
  • Internet Connection (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge)
  • Internet home page is the MCC Library Home Page
  • LIBRARY CATALOG: Click on “Search Our Catalog” on the library home page
  • Research Databases: Click on “Research Tools “on the library menu
    • Credo Reference
    • EBSCO Host (Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, CPI [Christian Periodical Index], Regional Business News, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia)
    • Encyclopedia Britannica (available only on campus)
    • Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed.
    • Kansas Library Card (EBSCOhost, WorldBook, Audio Books, eBooks)


The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to serve as a guide for the selection of books and other materials for the Manhattan Christian College Library.


Two study rooms are available for use in the northeast and southeast corners of both floors of the library. Feel free to go in and study or have a group meeting. In addition, the Cassel Conference Room is located behind the fireplace on the 3rd floor. To reserve it, talk to the librarian at the Circulation Desk.


The History Room on the second floor of Jolliffe Hall contains books pertaining to the history of Manhattan Christian College and the Restoration movement. These include a portion of the libraries of former MCC presidents T. H. Johnson, W. F. Lown, and Kenneth Cable. In addition, copies of MCC catalogs, newsletters, and yearbooks are located there, as well as special old books. All of these are cataloged and may be found in the MCC online catalog. If you wish to view one of these books, please contact Ron Ratliff or Mary Ann Buhler in the library. They will obtain the item and take it to the library, where you may view it at a table in front of the fireplace. Because the oils in a person’s hands damage old books, we request that you either wash your hands thoroughly or wear special gloves (provided) when looking at the book. The book may be viewed ONLY in the library. When you are finished with the book, please return it to the person who procured it for you.


The purpose of the Art Exhibit Policyis to serve as a guide for the acquisition and display of art in the MCC Library.