How many books can I borrow?

There is no limit on the number of books that you can borrow. You can keep books for four weeks and renew them once for another period of four weeks.

How can I renew books?

You can bring the books to the library’s circulation desk for all renewals. You may also call the circulation desk at 617-731-7081 ready with the book's barcode and title.

How many DVDs or videos can I borrow?

Three at a time and each DVD/video counts as one movie (renting a movie with two parts counts as renting two movies). You can keep movies for one week. Movies may not be renewed.

Does the library have the textbooks that I need to read for class?

The library generally does not buy textbooks but your professor may leave textbooks for course reserve in the library. Reserve books can be found at the circulation desk and unless a professor has specified a reserve book as an “overnight reserve” the book is NOT to leave the library. You may look at a book on reserve for two hours and renew it for two more hours if no one else in your class has requested it.

To buy or rent books, visit PMC's online bookstore.

Can I watch a movie in the library?

Yes. There are DVD and VHS players on the second floor of the library and you can check out headphones at the circulation desk.

Does the library have a fax machine available for student use?


I have to work on a group project. Does the library have group study space?

Bring your PMC ID and reserve the Group Study Room at the library’s circulation desk.

Can I take a magazine home?

Magazines must stay in the library so all students have a chance to enjoy them.

Can I work on my assignments using the library computers?

Yes. The reference computers on the first floor are for searching databases and the Web, while the Learning Commons computers on the second floor have software such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for completing assignments.

What do I do if there are no free computers?

Ask a librarian for help reserving the next available computer.

Can I save my work to a library computer?

We recommend saving your work to a USB Flash Drive.