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Library Service Hours:

  • Spring 2022 term: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 8 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Friday.
  • Summer 2022 term: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Closed Fridays.

Please check MCC's Coronavirus page for additional detailed updates.


MCC-Penn Valley Library
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111-2764

Phone: 816.604.4080
Fax: 816.759.4374

Schedule a virtual research appointment with a librarian

2021 Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge is back to excite you with new ways to read outside the lines, read differently, and read more. We're excited to bring this challenge to the MCC-Penn Valley campus again in 2021 with a twist- we've added 2 bonus tasks just for MCC-Penn Valley.

Join us over on the MCC-Penn Valley Read Harder Challenge LibGuide to learn more about the program and to participate!

MCC Library Mission: The Libraries support the MCC mission by providing services and resources that strengthen and enhance instructional services.

Specific Charges

  • Provide library instruction for finding and evaluating information resources in class or in a one-to-one environment
  • Recruit, hire and retain a knowledgeable staff of effective, caring, service-oriented professionals
  • Acquire and organize collections of material and information in print, non-print and digital formats to support the MCC curriculum and life-long learning
  • Provide optimum facilities for individual study, group work and research needs
  • Provide interlibrary loan services to expand local resources - Library Cards

Your MCC-Penn Valley Student ID or other state-issued picture ID such as a driver's license can be used as your library card.

Loan Lengths

Circulating books are checked out for four weeks. Magazines, journals, newspapers, special collection and reference books may not be checked out. Reserve material varies by item.

Renewals and Returns

Library materials may be renewed twice, if someone else has not requested the item. For reserve items, there are no renewals. Interlibrary loan renewals are determined by the lending library. Return library books at the Circulation Desk (Learning Resources 1st floor).


The library has 40 computers available for student use. Computers are to be used for researching assignments given by MCC instructors. First priority on computers goes to students conducting research for class.  If our computers are reserved for class use, you will be asked to use the Instructional Computer Lab in HU 103. When using the Internet, students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy set forth by Morenet, which includes no viewing of offensive materials.

Electronic Resources

The library subscribes to more than thirty databases on a variety of subjects that can be accessed in the library or off-campus.


Students can print, copy, or scan in the library using funds from their PaperCut account. Each student is given $20 per semester. Additional value can be added to your PaperCut account online using a debit or credit card or in person at the circulation desk using cash.

Course Reserves

A limited collection of instructional materials are available at the circulation desk. Loan lengths and use restrictions are set by faculty. Some materials must be used in the library only. Reserve items are listed in our online catalog by instructor or course name. A current photo id is necessary to use reserve materials.

Interlibrary Loan

MCC-Penn Valley library is a part of MOBIUS, a consortium linking academic libraries across the region. Books can be requested online and will be sent to MCC-Penn Valley library for checkout. Please ask at the Reference Desk about this service.

Library Collection

MCC-Penn Valley Library has a book collection of over 80,000 volumes and subscribes to 100+ magazines, journals and newspapers. Our holdings are accessible through the Kansas City online catalog. Kansas City is part of the MOBIUS system which includes holdings of Missouri universities and colleges.

Reference Assistance

The library staff is available to help you find information and to answer your questions. Ask for reference assistance whenever you have difficulty locating information or using Library resources.

Library Policies

Cell Phones

Classrooms and areas designated for studying should be free of distractions. Please silence your cell phone while in the library. Keep phone conversations as quick and as quiet as possible.

Children on Campus

The Metropolitan Community College campuses are places of easy access to the public and do not have the resources to protect unsupervised children. Leaving your child unsupervised on campus while you are in class could place your child at risk. Therefore, students are prohibited from leaving a child unattended at any of the college facilities. Unattended children will be reported to the Public Safety office and the parent/guardian responsible could face disciplinary action. Parents/guardians must make arrangements for the care of their children during class meetings.


Food is not permitted in the library. Drinks are permitted, however students are expected to practice responsible behavior and avoid spills and messes.