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Keep Learning: Library Resources for Students

Library Hours

The library is closed for in-person services. Remote services are available. 

To request library materials for pickup:

  • Fill out the following form: Library Materials & Equipment Request Form
  • Choose a pickup time (check your email after placing the request for a link to the booking calendar)
  • Bring your NMC ID card when you come to pick up materials at the Welcome Desk on the first floor of the West Hall Innovation Center


Frequently Asked Questions about Library Services During COVID-19

When will the library building be open?

The library plans to reopen for in-person services on January 4. The lower levels of West Hall Innovation Center will continue to have open hours during the campus COVID-19 restrictions.

Curbside services and remote research assistance are available.

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 can be returned in the blue drop-box outside of the Osterlin Building (in Birch Lot) or in our new drop-box just inside the west entrance of West Hall. 

Technology should be returned to the information desk on the first floor of West Hall during open hours. Please do not put any technology in a drop box.

Fines will not be assessed for items coming due during our closure (November 18-January 4.) 

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 library materials?

We’re offering materials pickup by appointment for the duration of the fall semester.

  1. Fill out the following form to place a request: Library Materials Request form
  2. Choose a pickup time (check your email after placing the request for a link to the calendar.)
  3. Meet your librarian at the Welcome Desk on the first floor of the West Hall Innovation Center to pick up your materials. Be sure to bring your NMC ID card and arrive during your scheduled time slot.
What’s going on with MeLCat?

For the Fall semester, the last day to request MeLCat items was Friday, November 6, 2020. Requests through the NMC Library will resume on January 6, 2021. In the meantime, contact your local public library for MeLCat interlibrary loans.

Visit to search and place requests. 

MeLCat returns? MeLCat items that you currently have checked out can be returned anytime to the blue drop box in the Birch Lot near the Osterlin building or to our new drop box just inside the west entrance of West Hall.

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.
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.