Services and Policies

Located in Smith Center, Mary Miller Library serves as Hesston College’s learning center. The library supports the academic programs and serves students and faculty by providing access to a variety of information resources and by educating library patrons on how to use and evaluate the resources.

The library is a place for quiet study—a place where students can come to get away from the noise of other facilities and concentrate on their studies. Library patrons are asked to respect the learning environment by speaking quietly, turning off cell phones, and setting the volume of personal stereo equipment at low levels.

Circulation

Books from the stacks are available for four-week checkout. Periodicals, audio-visual software, videos, DVDs, CDs, and maps are available for one-week checkout. Students may check out reference books and two-hour reserve material overnight. These items may be checked out one hour before the library closes and are due within one hour after the library opens the next day. Most reserve items fall in two categories—two-hour checkout and two-day checkout.

The library will assess fines for overdue reserve and reference material ($1 each hour, $10 maximum). The $1 fine is effective immediately when the item becomes overdue.

All material is checked out at the circulation desk located at the library entrance. Students must have their ID card to check out material.   Material not checked out will set off the security alarm as the material is taken from the library. The person taking the material will be called back to check out the material.

Material may be obtained in the open stacks on a self-serve basis. Reserve items need to be requested at the circulation desk.

Material may be renewed only if it is not on hold for another user.

An item may be placed on hold if it is checked out. The requester will be notified when the item is returned to the library.

If an item is missing from the shelves and it is not checked out, notify the desk attendant and a tracer will be put on the missing item. The requester will be notified when/if it is found.

Library staff will send overdue reminders for overdue material. If the material is not returned after the third reminder is sent or the end of the current term, library staff will send a bill for the replacement cost of the item plus a $5 processing fee.  If the patron fails to pay the bill to the library, library staff will forward the bill to the business office.

The user is responsible for lost or damaged items. The user will be billed for the cost of the replacement of the item and a $5 processing fee after time is allowed for searching for the item.  If/when billed items are returned, only the $5 processing fee will be charged to the patron.

Please return all material to the book drop in the circulation desk during library hours. When the library is closed, return items in the book return located to the right of the east Smith Center entrance.

Library Catalog

The catalog serves as an index to all material in the library. The computer catalog indexes each item by key word, author, title, subject, and classification number. Mary Miller Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Materials are arranged by subject according to a numerical system.

Resources

Circulating books are located in the stacks in the main reading room. Audio-visual software, videos and DVDs are located on the north wall. Feature film videos and DVDs are shelved on the farthest west low shelving. CDs are located in the CD cabinet in the northeast corner.

Periodicals which the Mary Miller Library receives are listed on the computer catalog. Current issues are displayed at the west end of the reading room. Back issues are shelved in the library basement. The stairs to the basement are located in the northeast corner of the reading room. Periodicals on microfilm and microfiche are filed in the metal cabinets in the library basement.

The library also holds a variety of periodical indices. The Library’s online index holdings include EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest Nursing. These indices are accessible through the World Wide Web on the Mary Miller Library main page. They include full-text articles. Access them on the 12 fixed and four wireless laptop computers in the library, on personal laptops brought to the library, on the computers in the computer labs and on personal computers in dorm rooms. All online sources may be accessed from off-campus computers as well.

Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and commentaries. The reference collection is located on the low shelving near the library entrance. Large dictionaries are located throughout the library. Online reference sources include Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Lexis-Nexis, Literature Resource Center, GAMEO (Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online), HeritageQuest, Annals of American History, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, CQ Researcher, Global Issues in Context and a collection of college catalogs. They can be accessed from the library main page on any computer on or off campus.

Children’s Books (J) are located in the northeast corner of the library and Fiction Books (F) are located on the low shelving running east and west in the middle of the library.

Reserve material is material which instructors have selected for special class use. The material is placed on reserve to make it equally accessible to all students for a particular class. Students may request reserve material at the circulation desk.

Rotating Books is a collection of books for leisure reading. The rotating collection is located at the west end of the low shelving running east and west in the middle of the library. The collection is changed every three months.

Oversize books are located in the middle of the reading room south of the tall shelving and atlases are located in a case at the top of the stairway.

Services

Reference
The library staff will help you with your library needs by showing you where things are located, demonstrating electronic resources and helping you find information for class and personal projects.
Interlibrary Loan
Specific books, audio-visuals and articles owned by other libraries may be borrowed. The Kansas Library Catalog (KLC) which lists books, audio-visuals and periodicals owned by other libraries in the state of Kansas is accessible on the World Wide Web from the Mary Miller Library main page. From the bibliographic record on the KLC for the item needed, click “request this item” in the upper right corner and follow the directions, or you can print out a record from the KLC or a citation from an online journal database for each request and leave it with the library staff. Allow one to three weeks to receive the item. A fee of $1 will be charged for each ILL item requested but not checked out.
Lost and Found
Ask at the circulation desk for lost and found items.
Computers
Twelve desktop computers are located throughout the library. They are connected to the campus computer network. A laser printer with color option is available. Also available for use in the library are four WiFi-enabled laptop computers that can be checked out from the circulation desk. Personal computers with WiFi may be used in the library.
Equipment
Video and DVD preview equipment and audio equipment are located in the carrels at the top of the library stairway. The study room to the south of the library offices features video equipment. A microfilm/fiche reader/printer and a photocopier are available for use. Photocopies are 10 cents each.

Borrowing privileges from other libraries

Hesston College students have access to a variety of libraries in the area. Hesston and Newton public libraries and Bethel College’s Mantz Library require that a student present his or her Hesston College ID to receive a library card.

Facilities

Mary Miller Library offers students the following facilities:

  • Group and individual study rooms
  • Video preview equipment for small groups and individuals
  • Restrooms in the southeast corner of the main floor of Smith Center and down the stairs from the main entry hall
  • Beverage and snack machines.

Off-Campus Access to Online Databases

To access the Mary Miller Library online databases from off-campus sites, use your Hesston College User name and Password.