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Keep Learning: Library Resources for Students

The library is open to NMC students & employees

New location: Upper level of the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on campus map)
Limited service hours: Monday, 8am-8pm and Tuesday-Friday, 8am-5pm

In order to minimize risk to library staff and patrons, we are open only for essential NMC business and coursework at this time. Community patrons may still request our materials for pickup from their local public library using MeLCat.

Frequently Asked Questions about Library Services During COVID-19

How can I print at the library?

Students can access computers and printers on the lower levels of the West Hall Innovation Center outside of the library’s regular open hours: (See West Hall Innovation Center - General on the list of NMC open computer labs.)

In the library, printers and copiers are available for use during our open hours. You may print from your laptop/phone using email-to-print, or use a computer in the library to print materials. Printing is free for students.

I’m worried about my overdue library materials. How can I return them, and will I have fines?

Books may be returned to the new library during open hours, or the blue drop box in the Birch Lot near the Osterlin Building. 

Technology should be returned to the library service desk during open hours. Curbside collection is also available for those who do not wish to enter the building. Simply call us at (231) 995-1060 during open hours to request materials to be brought to you at the front entrance. Do not put technology equipment in the dropbox.

Regular fine assessment resumed on August 17. Any fines incurred from March 1, 2020-August 17, 2020 were waived.

I've already left the Traverse City area. How can I return my items? 

Patrons who have traveled to other areas of Michigan can return NMC Library books (not Chromebooks/WiFi hotspots) to the nearest open MeLCat library. Simply box up all materials and label the box with our delivery code: zc022-NMC.

If you’ve returned home to a residence outside of Michigan, or if you have technology equipment to return, you may securely package and mail materials to us at: NMC Library / 1701 E Front St. / Traverse City, MI 49686.
I don’t have a computer and/or internet access at home. Can the library help?
Yes, we have Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots available for current NMC students. Fill out the following form to make a request: Library Materials Request form. More tips on alternative methods of internet access are available on the Technology Equipment & Access page of this guide.

How can I borrow print materials?

The library is now open with limited hours, and students, faculty and staff may come upstairs to browse and check out materials. If you know exactly what you need, you can place your request online before you come to the library using our Library Materials Request form

Curbside service is still available for those who prefer contact-less pickup. Simply call us at (231) 995-1060 during open hours to request materials to be brought to you at the West Hall main (west) entrance.

What’s going on with MeLCat?

MeLCat borrowing resumed on August 10; visit to search and place requests. When requested materials become available, you may pick them up at the library service desk, located on the upper level of the West Hall Innovation Center. Curbside pickup is also available; call from the library main entrance to have items brought out to you.

MeLCat items that you currently have checked out can be returned to the blue drop box in the Birch Lot near the Osterlin building, or to the library during open hours.

What sanitation protocols are the library following for checked out materials?
All technology equipment is sanitized by library staff before being made available for checkout. All other returned items are quarantined for four days before being made available for subsequent checkout.
What are the library's plans for fall semester?

During the fall semester, our intention is for the library to remain open to students and NMC employees while NMC campuses are open. We will continue to offer remote services for those who would prefer not to enter the building.  This includes curbside service and remote reference help

To aid students who may be completing more coursework from home, we have lengthened the following checkout periods for fall semester: 
  • Technology equipment will check out for the duration of the semester
  • Books, including most textbooks, will check out for three weeks, with the option to renew if there is no waitlist

Textbooks on 2-hour reserve will remain for in-library use. Gloves will be available for handling these high-use items. 

Can I still get help from a librarian?
Of course! You can email us at, call us at (231) 995-1063 or text (231) 660-1060. We are also offering remote research consults by appointment: book a remote research consultation via phone or Zoom video conference. To maintain adequate distancing, we are still encouraging remote consultations as the best way to get help at this time.