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Penn Valley Library


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

Phone: 816.604.4080
Fax: 816.759.4374

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring Semester
Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm
Friday 8 am-4 pm
Saturday-Sunday closed

Summer Semester
Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm
Friday-Sunday closed

Reference questions? Ask a Librarian

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).

Overdue Fines

Circulating Books $.10/day
Audio Visual $1.00/day
Interlibrary Loan Books $1.00/day
Reserve Materials: 0-5 hours $.25/hour
Reserve for checkout $1.00/day
Lost Kansas City Book $45.00
Lost MOBIUS Book $120.00

Your student records will be restricted until all fines are paid.


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.


There are three coin operated copiers available in the library. There are two on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor. Each copy costs 10 cents per page. The copy machine will enlarge, but we do not own a color copier. If you need assistance with the copier, please ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

Course Reserves

Many MCC-Penn Valley faculty members place items on reserve in the library. These items may include supplemental reading materials and videos. Video and DVD players are available in the library for use with reserve materials. 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 library card is necessary to use reserve materials. For Room Use Only reserves, your ID will be held at the Circulation Desk until all items have been returned.

Interlibrary Loan

MOBIUS allows for extensive borrowing and rapid delivery of materials we do not own. MCC-Penn Valley library materials are included in the MOBIUS Union Catalog. MOBIUS is a consortium linking Missouri's academic libraries in clusters across the state. Books can be requested online. All of the Metropolitan Community College campuses belong to the Kansas City cluster along with Avila University, Kansas City Art Institute, Rockhurst University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Paul School of Theology, and William Jewell. MCC-Penn Valley Library will borrow books and periodical articles that we do not own from other libraries. 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

Cellular Phones and Pagers

Classrooms and areas designated for studying should be free of distractions. Therefore, the use of cellular phones, pagers, or any audible signaling devices in such areas is strictly prohibited. Students using such devices in classrooms, or other areas intended as areas of study, i.e., libraries, learning centers, laboratories, etc. may be subject to disciplinary actions.

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 under any circumstances. Drinks are not permitted while using computers, but drinks may be brought into the library in the following

Acceptable Drink Containers:

  • plastic or metal cups with snap-on or screw-on sipping lids
  • plastic bottles with pop-up sports-style tops
  • travel mugs
  • bottles with screw-on tops

Unacceptable Drink Containers:

  • cans
  • styrofoam or paper with lids
  • containers without lids
Last Modified: 9/25/18