Undergrads may check out 15 items at a time, graduate students may check out 30. The loan period for the general collection is 21 days and 7 days for new items. Items can be renewed by phone, email, or by logging into your account via the library catalog.
MCA alumni may borrow up to 5 items at a time. More details can be found on our alumni services page.
Some collections, such as Reference, Reserve, Periodicals, Oversize, and Special Collections are for use in-library only.
Fees and Fines
Lost items: Patrons will be required to pay replacement costs for items, rather than the original purchase price.
The library only accepts cash. Credit card or check payments will need to be made in the business office.
Reserve items are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only, with a two hour circulation period. The library makes an effort to provide at least one copy on reserve of every required textbook. Course reserve lists are available on the “course reserve” section on the library catalog.
Black and white printing is available in the library at no cost to students. For color printing, students can print from the library to the Mac lab color printer for $0.15/page ($0.30/page for 11×17), and funds are withdrawn from an active Papercut account.
Photocopies can be made for $0.10/page for black & white and $1.00/page for color, withdrawn from an active Papercut account.
Scanning is available in black & white and color at no cost.
Interlibrary loan services are offered to MCA faculty and graduate students. For more information on this service visit our interlibrary loan FAQ page. To submit an interlibrary loan request, please submit the following form to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person: ILL Request Form
Currently enrolled MCA students, faculty, and staff have reciprocal borrowing privileges at the following colleges and universities:
University of Memphis Libraries
Christian Brothers University
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis Theological Seminary
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Graduate students, faculty, and staff can borrow from the libraries listed above along with the following:
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Harding School of Theology
Southern College of Optometry
Classroom Instruction: If you are interested in bolstering students’ abilities to locate, evaluate, and use sources, please consider scheduling a library instruction session for your classes. Instruction sessions are most beneficial when scheduled in conjunction with specific assignments, and can be customized based on subject, resources, and course level. They may also be as short or long as needed and usually involve active learning components. We offer instruction for both liberal arts and studio classes.
Individual Instruction: Please feel free to send your students to the librarians for individual instruction sessions.
Faculty Consultations: We provide one-on-one time for faculty if you wish to become better acquainted with the resources we offer as you design assignments and curricula.
Subject Specific Class Handouts
Upon request the librarians can produce handouts specific to the course you are teaching that will identify the databases, journals, call number ranges, and search strategies most beneficial to your students.
Reserve items are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only, with a two hour circulation period. The library makes an effort to provide at least one copy on reserve of every required textbook. Let the librarians know which items you would like on reserve and in the future, if you teach the same course again, we will reactivate the list. You may also create a reserve list that is not tied to a specific course if you would like to maintain a permanent list of items for students’ reference.
Course reserve lists are available on the “course reserve” section of the library catalog.
If there is a title you would like the library to purchase, please email your recommendation to email@example.com. There is no form to submit requests. We encourage requests at any time in the year.