MCC-Blue River Library

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MCC-Blue River Library
20301 East 78 Highway
Campus Center 130, Academic Resource Center
Independence, MO 64057

Phone: 816.604.6642

We offer students more than 18,000 items, 80 current periodical subscriptions, 1,550 videos, 54 computer workstations and laptops available for library use only with access to the internet and electronic journal databases.

Who may borrow materials?

All current MCC students and employees may check out library materials. Borrowing privileges are based on current enrollment. A photo ID is required to check out items.

Overdues and fines

Loan periods and fines for overdue items vary by the type of item and by how long the item is overdue. Overdue fines for reserve materials, videos, and interlibrary loan materials are significantly higher than fines for circulating books.

Reserve items

Materials put on reserve by Blue River instructors may be checked out for two hours. Reserve materials may be photocopied, but may not leave the library. A photo ID is required to check out reserve items.

Reference assistance

Reference librarians are available to help individual students who desire assistance with library resources. We want and expect students to ask for research assistance. We're here to help.

Interlibrary loans

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a system that allows library patrons to obtain books and articles from other libraries. Students and employees of the Metropolitan Community Colleges may use this service.

MCC is a member of MOBIUS and participates in OCLC. Delivery time varies, so plan ahead and order early. All ILL items must be returned to the MCC library that obtained them for you. Contact the library for more details.


Food is not permitted in the library under any circumstances. Drinks are not permitted while using computers, but drinks that are covered may be brought into the library. Please confine all other eating and drinking to the cafeteria.

Cell phones

The library is designated for studying and should be free of distractions. Talking on cellular phones or playing any audible devices is prohibited in the library.

Library conduct

Library and ARC users are expected to conduct themselves so that others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning. Please help us keep the library a congenial place to study or do research.

Instructors' corner

Research tools