"Students Using Library Card Catalog, 1953" by Benedictine University is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
1. How do I access the library catalog?
2. How do I create Worldcat Discovery/library account?
3. How do I search the library catalog?
4. I found an item in the catalog that is at another MCC campus library, how can I get it?
5. I found an item in the catalog that is at another library (outside of MCC), how do I get it?
The Library Catalog from WorldCat Discovery is a convenient way to search for books (both fiction and non-fiction), eBooks, DVDs, magazines, articles, newspapers, and other items available at MCC Libraries and from over 15,000 libraries across the globe.
You can access the library catalog by performing a search in the the World Cat Discovery Search box or by clicking the "Direct Link to MCC's Catalog," both of which are located on the MCC Libraries homepage (see Question 3 to learn how to perform a search).
Faculty, students, staff, and community patrons can set up an online library account with Worldcat Discovery to check due dates, renew loans, request holds on items from MCC Libraries, and request items from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan or ILL). Note: You do not need to create a personal account to search the library catalog.
Follow the directions below to set up your library account:
A. Click the "Direct Link to MCC's Catalog" (above) and select "Sign In" located in the top right corner of the page.
B. On the Sign In page, click "Set/reset password".
C. Enter your user name and click "Request new password" (this will prompt an email to be sent to your account).
D. Go to the email address the college has on file for you and find the email from "OCLC.org." Click the link in that email to create a password.
For students and employees this is your employee or student email (not your personal email)
For community members this is the email address you gave library staff when you signed up for a library card.
E. The link in your email will open the "Change Password" page.
F. A confirmation screen will appear once your account is created. You can now sign into the library catalog by clicking "Sign In" as pictured in Step A.
The library catalog can be searched in a variety of ways. If you know the name of the item you want, it is most helpful to search by the title, author, or ISBN number. If you want to browse for resources it is best to start with a keyword search.
A. From the library homepage, click "Direct Link to MCC's Catalog."
B. Type your search into the search box. The image below shows a simple search for resources on "genetics."
C. Refine your search results by checking the boxes on the left hand side of the screen (in the gray).
If you find MCC does not have the item you want, you can recheck the box that says "Libraries Worldwide" and view the holdings of other libraries for the item. You can then submit an ILL request to obtain it (see Question 5).
D. Click on the title or cover of the item to find out more information.
E. For more advanced searches, please utilize the "Advanced Search" screen. Note: Advanced Search utilizes Boolean operators. Please see How to Search Databases for an explanation of Boolean operators
You have access to all of the items at MCC Libraries regardless of what campus you are on. If there is an item you want that is located at another MCC library you can "Place a Hold" (reserve it for yourself) on it and have it mailed to your home campus.
Follow the directions below to place a hold on an item:
A. Sign into (or create) your Worldcat Discovery/library account as described in Question 2 above.
B. After finding an item in the catalog, look for its campus location at MCC Libraries (this book is located on the Kingman campus).
C. Click the item's title. At the top right side of the catalog screen you will see "Access Options." Click the red "Place Hold" button. If you have not signed in with your Worldcat Discovery/Library account, do so now.
D. Fill out the form and hit the "Submit" button. Make sure you pick the correct campus for your pick-option.
If you have found a book or other item that is at another library, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request to have that item mailed to you for pickup at your campus library. Note: ILL requests are subject to the approval of the lending library and it is not guaranteed you will receive the item.
Follow the steps below to submit an ILL request:
A. Search for a book or other item, if it is not available at MCC Libraries, but is available from another institution, the library catalog will state "At other libraries worldwide" in the catalog record.
B. Click the item's title. At the top right side of the catalog screen you will see "Access Options." Click the red "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button. If you have not signed in with your Worldcat Discovery/Library account, do so now.
C. Fill out the required fields on the ILL submission form and hit the "Submit" button at the bottom (leave amount willing to pay blank).