Utilizing and Developing Library Resources

Faculty and classified professionals are able to use library resources and services to enhance their courses.

How to Use the Library

If you would like to request a resource for the library to add to its collection then you can place a request through OneSearch or you can email the library directly (reference@mvc.edu). Paper forms are also available at all three RCCD libraries.

View collection development policy

If you have textbooks, study guides, photocopies of articles, or other course materials you would like to have available for your students at the library, bring the items to the circulation desk at the library and fill out a Reserve Request Form. These items will be made available for student use within 3 working days. Students can see what has been placed on reserve by searching the OneSearch Library Catalog and searching for course material by instructor or course abbreviation. To place materials on reserve in the library, complete the Library Reserve Request Form.

Library Reserve Request Form

Proposing a new course or program to the curriculum committee? The curriculum process now calls for a Joint Review of Library Resource, and the signature of the librarian. Call (951) 571-6447 for more information

Need a book or a video from another campus' library? You can request it through the OneSearch catalog by logging into your OneSeach account or by contacting the library at (951) 571-6112 or reference@mvc.edu. You will have your item within three business days. Materials can be returned at any of the three college libraries.

Another option that is free is to order through the Link+ system. This service allows those who have a Library card from a library that is a member of LINK+ to order books free from other Link+ libraries (including Loma Linda University and La Sierra University). You can also visit a member library and check out books directly with your appropriate library card. These books cannot be returned to an RCCD library. Find out more about the Link+ service.

Using and Creating Open Educational Resources (OER)

If you want to create OER resources in Moreno Valley College's LibreTexts repository, register a LibreTexts account then access the LibreTexts Conductor. LibreTexts allows you to create and customize OER content that can then be downloaded and imported into Canvas. Students can even order affordable print copies from their website. The Introduction to LibreTexts prepared by the Library provides more information on the platform, searching it for OERs, and creating open resources.

LibreTexts Conductor

Digitization Policy

The Moreno Valley College library uses the library services platform system Alma-D to manage its digitization efforts.

The library is able to scan materials into pdf format and make them available digitally through the library’s discovery platform OneSearch. These electronic materials are stored in Alma-D. These files cannot be downloaded.

The library primarily scans textbooks to make them more accessible and affordable for students.

The library does have to follow guidelines and best practices to ensure copyright is not violated. The Moreno Valley College library adheres to the practices outlined in the white paper on controlled digital lending of library books.

  • In accordance with the white paper, for every book scanned and made available digitally, the library maintains an unavailable owned print copy of the same text.
  • In accordance with the white paper, the library will not digitize texts that are available to purchase as ebooks through a vendor.
  • In accordance with the white paper, the files of the copyrighted scanned texts are blocked from being downloaded or printed and can only be viewed during the sessions in which the book is checked out through OneSearch.

Digital copies of books are the same as print copies. Only one person can view the text at a time.

This varies and is based on the number of copies put aside. For every physical copy put aside as non-circulating, the same number of users can access the digital copies at a time. For example: if three physical copies are owned and made unavailable then three users can access that digitized title at the same time.

If all digital copies are in use, a user can join a waitlist and will receive an email to their RCCD email account once another digital copy becomes available.

Currently, the loan period for digital copies is one hour at a time, with the option to renew if no other users are waiting.

The library uses several criteria when prioritizing the materials to digitize. Criteria include the following:

  • Textbook cost: The library prioritizes higher cost textbooks to help reduce the cost to students.
  • Number of class sections using a text.
  • When possible, the library will strive to maintain one circulating print copy and one digitized copy of a textbook.

Yes, faculty can request reserve materials be digitized by completing the Digitization Request Form, and requests are completed with consideration to relevant copyright laws. Please email reference@mvc.edu if you have any questions.