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Introduction to the Library and Research - Longview

This Introduction to the Library guide will provide students with information about using the library and beginning research.

Our Catalog - Longview

Dewey Decimal System

MCC libraries use the Dewey Decimal system to locate books on our shelves. Here are some facts to know about the Dewey Decimal System:

  • Items are organized by subject matter, i.e. topic or theme. 
  • Each item is assigned a 'call number' which is located on the spine of the book or item.
    • That call number correlates to a specific subject area.
    • For example, items containing information on the history of Japan use a call number beginning with 960. Information on diabetes is under the call number beginning with 616.
  • The items are then organized on the shelf in call number numerical order from 0 to 999.
  • Because call numbers group like themes together, items with the same subject matter will found together on the shelf.

Can't Find What You Need?

First try the KC-Towers catalog to see if another MCC library or Kansas City college has the book and request it to be sent to Longview.

-OR-

Students are able to request books for FREE from all over the state of Missouri and have them sent to Longview for pick-up.

Use the MOBIUS catalog to access millions of books. If you find a book you would like, hit REQUEST and fill out the form.

Tips:

  • We are the KC-Towers cluster
  • Type in your Student ID number WITHOUT the "S" followed by MCC Ex: 1234567MCC
  • Make sure your request was "successful"

FAQ:

  • Expect 4-7 days for arrival
  • Books check out for an initial 4 weeks and may be renewed 2 more times if no other requests are pending
  • Books may be sent to any MCC campus for pick-up
  • We will email your student email when the book(s) arrive

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan requests for books not found in the MCC, KC-Towers or MOBIUS catalogs may be placed through the Longview Library Interlibrary loan service. Visit the Longview - Interlibrary Loan subject guide or call 816.604.2080 for more information. 

Electronic Books

EBook Databases:

How to download eBooks:

More questions? Click on the following guide for more details on downloading and using MCC eBooks and audiobooks.