Services and Policies
Reciprocal Borrowing and Interlibrary Loans
Students, faculty, and staff with library barcodes on their IDs can check out materials at any I-Share library, including Illinois College, Lincoln Land Community College, and University of Illinois at Springfield. They can also check out materials at the Jacksonville Public Library if they have a barcode and live in the city of Jacksonville. Interlibrary loans for materials not available in the I-Share catalog are provided free of charge to the campus community.
These are materials which faculty have placed in Pfeiffer Library for access by all students. Faculty determine whether or not these materials may be checked out or must be used in the Library.
The Library copier will make double-sided copies, top feed multiple sheets, and make all copies quickly. Copier uses "debit" cards which may be purchased at the circulation desk.
Instruction in the use of traditional and electronic resources is available during all open hours. Please ask for help if you are not finding what you need.
Whole Class Instruction
Classroom instruction is regularly offered in Rhetoric courses and may be arranged by instructors for any course. Contact the Library staff via email or phone 217-479-7105.
Food and Drink
The Food and Drink policy is intended to minimize damage to Library facilities and allow a pleasant environment for studying. Library staff have the authority to enforce the policy.
- Drinks: Covered containers are permitted.
- Food: Individual snack foods are permitted. Examples are chips, nuts, pretzels, cookies, candy. Meals including fast food, dining hall meals, pizza, and soup are not permitted.
- Trash: Please use library waste cans.
- Spills: Please ask library staff for assistance.
- The Henry Pfeiffer Library does not charge overdue fines.
- Overdue notices are sent by campus and/or U.S. mail.
- A lost book charge will be assessed after three overdue notices have been sent and the book has not been returned.
- The minimum charge for a lost book is $35.
- If a lost item is returned or if a copy of the book, in comparable condition, is given to the Library, the replacement cost is waived.
- Lost book charges are added to student billing records in the MacMurray College Business Office.
- Borrowing privileges (use of material outside of the Library) are suspended until a lost book is returned or replaced.
The Library Computer Use policy is intended to provide fair access to library computers for the MacMurray community, area college and high school students, and for the public seeking information provided through Henry Pfeiffer Library's Government Documents Depository status.
The following are guidelines from The Maggie: A Student's Guide to MacMurray College:
"Computer resources and facilities are limited. Therefore, every user must employ them wisely. If another is waiting to use equipment for a task more urgent than yours, please give way.
"Use of the computer facilities for entertainment, such as chatting or casual web browsing, should not be done during time of heavy lab use. Academic or course-related work is the highest priority; the next is serious individual productive work; last is use of the computer facilities for entertainment."
Guidelines for use of computers by members of the MacMurray community are as follows.
- Priority is given first to MacMurray students, faculty, and staff, then the public for accessing government information sources.
- Use of computers for educational purposes takes priority over recreational or personal use. During busy times, students who are not engaged in research or coursework may be asked to vacate a computer station to allow another student access.
- As a courtesy to other library users, volume should be muted or headphones used.
Guidelines for use of computers by the public are as follows.
- Campus visitors and the general public may be asked to sign in at the circulation desk. The Library reserves the right to restrict access to and/or impose time limits on the use of public access computers during busy times.
- Members of the public may use the Library computers for educational use when space allows. Those using the computers for chat, game playing, or other recreational use may be asked to leave the Library.
- Members of the MacMurray community have priority. Public users may be asked to give up a computer if a student needs one.
- The Library is not responsible for minors' internet use or for information accessed by minors. Supervision of minors is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
- The Library prohibits violation of state or federal law, including copyright laws and software licensing agreements.