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Library Policies

Code of Conduct Policies

General Library Use Policy


The MSMU Libraries provide services, resources, and spaces that support the educational mission of the University. We maintain a positive and respectful environment and expect all library users to conduct themselves with civility, integrity, and respect for others.

Violations of University policies, theft or misuse of library materials, or disruption of the learning environment can result in loss of privileges and disciplinary action.

Please contact a library staff member if you need assistance. We are here to help you.

Think Civility in the Library

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Think Civility in the Library - MSMU


Alum and Visitor Policy


Please visit the Services for Alums and Visitors page to review the policies.


Food and Drink Policy


The MSMU Libraries policies allow library users to have limited access to food and drink.
Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Beverage containers must have tops or lids (coffee cups with lids, twist top bottles, travel mugs).
  • Do not bring in greasy, sticky, crumbly, or aromatic foods.
  • Use care when consuming food and drink while using computers and library materials.
  • Dispose of food and drink containers in trash bins or recycling bins. Preferably, use trash bins located outside of the buildings when possible.
  • Food residue attracts insects and rodents — Alert library staff about any spills or messes.
  • Individuals failing to comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave the library.
  • Some library locations, such as Archives & Special Collections, have unique or at-risk resources and may have additional food and drink restrictions.
  • The MSMU Libraries reserve the right to suspend these guidelines for special library events.

Please consult with library staff if you have any questions.


Cell Phone Policy


The MSMU Libraries policies allow library users to use their phones in the libraries.
Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Please keep your cell phones on silent at all times when in the library.
  • Please take all phone conversations outside or to an unoccupied group study room.
  • If you are using your phone to listen to music or videos, please make sure that your headphones or earbuds are completely plugged-in, and that the level of noise is not loud enough to disturb people nearby.

Please consult with library staff if you have any questions.


Study Room Policy


The MSMU Libraries policies allow library users to make reservations for study rooms in libraries.
Please respect the following guidelines:

Making a Reservation

  • All current students should make room reservations online. 
  • Room reservations are first-come, first-serve.
  • Study room reservations are available up to 1 week in advance.
  • Students may select a time slot and submit reservation using the online calendar Reserve a Study Room.
  • Students who make room reservations must check their email and click the confirmation link to confirm their reservation within 1 day. To cancel a reservation, students may use the link provided in their room confirmation email.


  • Students seeking to reserve a room must be current MSMU students and possess a current MSMU ID.
  • Rooms can be reserved and held by a single user. Parties of one are also welcome to make use of other various seating areas throughout the library.

Room Reservation Policy

  • Reservations made by students who are more than 15 minutes late will be forfeited to other students who are waiting for a room.
  • All rooms may be used for no longer than two hours per student, per day.
  • Students may not extend a room reservation beyond 2 hours. However, they may stay in a room until another student with a valid reservation arrives.
  • Students must be present in the room during the entire reservation. Any materials left abandoned for lengthy periods of time may result in a forfeiture of the room.
  • Students must be prepared to vacate the rooms at the end of the reserved time.
  • Rooms may be reserved for use only during the libraries' regular open hours.
  • All rooms must be completely vacated 5 minutes before library closing.

Additional Room Guidelines

  • Students are responsible for the room and its contents.
  • The MSMU Libraries are not responsible for personal belongings; never leave belongings unattended in study rooms.
  • Study rooms are not soundproof; users should be courteous to other library patrons and maintain a respectful noise level.
  • All library policies (including those dealing with food, drink, and noise levels) apply to study rooms.
  • Rooms must be left in good order for the next student; please throw out all trash.

Maximum room capacity is determined by fire and safety regulations and may not be exceeded at any time.

Thank you for your cooperation and your help in making the library a respectful learning environment.

Please consult with library staff if you have any questions.


Computing and Technology Resources Policy


Acceptable use of MSMU Libraries' Computing and Technology Resources

When using MSMU's computer resources, individuals must comply with the rules and policies outlined in MSMU's Acceptable Use Policy. Library computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Occasionally, library computers may be reserved for testing. Electronic resources licensed by the library must only be used for non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes.


Library Materials, Fines, and Replacement Policies

eReserves Policy


General eReserves Policy

Statement of Copyright: Legal Statute Citation

U.S. Code: Title 17 - Copyrights

"The U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 - 810, is Federal legislation enacted by Congress under its Constitutional grant of authority to protect the writings of authors. Changing technology has led to an ever expanding understanding of the word "writings." The Copyright Act now reaches architectural design, software, the graphic arts, motion pictures, and sound recordings and more. As of Janurary 1. 1978, all works of authorship fixed in tangible medium of expression and within the subject matter of copyright were deemed to fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Copyright Act regardless of whether the work was created before or after that date and whether published or unpublished."

Source: ALA Copyright for Libraries: General Information

Demonstrated Understanding of Fair Use

The Four Fair Use Factors will help to determine whether your fair use claims are valid (17 U.S.C. 107):
  • Purpose and character of use.
    Is it commercial (used for monetary gain) or non-commercial (used for educational purposes?
  • Nature of the copyrighted work.
    Is it based on something factual, such as a biography? Or is it purely creative fiction? Note: Courts are typically more protective of creative works (art, poetry, film) than non-fiction works (non-fiction, textbooks, journal articles).
  • Amount/Portion of the work used in relation to the whole.
    Is the amount requested or used no more or less than necessary to make your point and/or instruct your students? 
  • Potential market value.
    How does your use affect the value of the copyrighted work's market value?
    What is the publication status of the material?

Fair Use Checklist

Legal Counsel at MSMU:
This policy is for informational purposes only and is not legal advicce. If you would like legal advice regarding copyright or author's rights, contact MSMU Legal Counsel.

MSMU Libraries Scanning and eReserves Statements

  • MSMU is a non-profit university and a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), serving a diverse community including many low-income students. Affordability and accessibility are extremely important factors in derermining reasonable Extent and Purpose in relation to Fair Use. 
  • MSMU Libraries will perform due diligence in obtaining or purchasing eBooks from our library vendors, explore all options, purchase print copies for the MSMU Reserves collection, and when necessary, provide scanned copies of readings to faculty for dissemination in our LMS, Canvas, which remains behind SSO firewall.
  • In collaboration with faculty, MSMU Libraries staff will determine whether it is appropriate to provide a pdf or a proxy link to the needed materials.
  • MSMU Libraries will NOT place any materials obtained through ILL/Document Delivery or LINK+ on Reserve.
  • While the MSMU Libraries support the technical components of the scanning system, the patron assumes all liability associated with the use of duplicated materials under Section 108(f)(1) of the U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, United States Code).

General Guidelines for Scanned Copies of MSMU Library Materials
What we can always provide to MSMU community members: (if available)

  • 10% of an entire work*
  • 1 chapter for every 10 chapters
  • 1 article per journal issue (when requesting a document that is scanned from print)**
  • Entire print news articles
  • Table of Contents

*Note: Many sources may recommend that using 10% of the total work constitutes fair use, but this number varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on the users' needs. If instructors can justify that they are using no more than necessary to make their point or provide instruction, then their fair use claims may be validated.

**Note: This limit does not apply to the Article Request Policy; users may request as many articles as they wish from any journal issue. It simply applies to the number of articles MSMU Library staff may scan from an owned print journal for an individual patron.

MSMU Libraries Copyright Statement on Electronic Documents

  • While the MSMU Libraries support the technical components of the scanning system, the patron assumes all liability associated with the use of duplicated materials under Section 108(f)(1) of the U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, United States Code). 


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policy


General ILL Policy

The MSMU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables MSMU students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not available in MSMU libraries. You do not need to specify where the materials should come from; MSMU library staff will automatically search for availability in other libraries.


The service is free to eligible borrowers:
  • MSMU students
  • MSMU faculty and staff members

ILL Materials Request Form

 Delivery of ILL Materials

  • Short Works: When possible, articles, book chapters, and other short works will be scanned and emailed directly to your MSMU email address.
  • Long Works: Longer works, such as books, DVDs, and whole journals, will be physically mailed to MSMU. Upon their arrival, you will be notified via your MSMU email. The ILL materials will then be available for you to check out at the circulation desk at the campus you originally selected.

Items That Can Be Requested

  • Items not owned by MSMU libraries
  • Items that are unavailable (checked-out) at MSMU libraries (this may exclude some course reserves)
  • Items missing from MSMU libraries
  • Items at MSMU libraries that can no longer circulate because of their fragile condition

Items That Cannot Be Requested

  • Some textbooks and course reserves may not be available from other libraries
  • Non-circulating items (Items that do not circulate from other libraries may include: special collections materials, reference materials, encyclopedias, dictionaries, workbooks, etc.)

Items That May Be Difficult to Obtain

  • Entire journal volumes or issues
  • Titles only owned at one institution
  • ePub/articles ahead of print dates (pre-publication materials)


Fines Policy


General Fines Notes

  • To avoid overdue fines, items should be returned by 11:59 PM on the due date.
  • Overdue fines will only be accrued when the library is open.
  • Hourly reserve items that are checked out less than 2 hours before the library closes will be due 2 hours after the library opens the next day.
  • Items on hold will be held at the circulation desk for 14 days.
  • For interlibrary loan () books, the due dates, fines, and replacement fees are set by the lending institution.

Lost Materials Replacement Fees

General MSMU Item Replacement Fee:
Processing Fee (per item): $10

  • If a lost item costs more than $35 to replace, the patron will be charged the amount it costs the library to replace the item.
  • The patron will be charged a $10 processing fee for any lost or replaced items.
  • Patrons may supply a replacement copy, but please consult with a library staff member before purchasing an item to replace a lost copy.
  • Only approved replacement copies will be accepted in lieu of the replacement fee. A $10 non-refundable processing fee of $10 will still apply.

LINK+ Replacement Fee: $115

Borrower privileges may be suspended for reasons including, but not limited to, failing to return materials, returning damaged materials, and not paying fines.


View Fines Table

Donation Policies

Gift Policy



Revised June 2018

The MSMU Libraries are grateful for our donors’ generosity and welcome monetary donations as well as gifts-in-kind. Monetary donations help us purchase new materials for the collections, update technology, expand teaching and learning services to students, and renovate library spaces. To make a monetary contribution, visit the Give to the Mount donation form and designate “Libraries” for your donation.   

Gifts-in-kind, e.g., books, must meet the same guidelines as required for materials purchased by the Libraries to be added to the collection. Before acceptance, a librarian will review the materials to determine if the content falls within the scope of the Libraries’ collection policies. Accepted materials become the property of the University. The Libraries reserve the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to their use or disposition. The Libraries do not accept materials in poor physical condition (e.g., stained, marked, damaged, signs of infestation).  

The Libraries invite Mount Alums to submit a copy of their authored book(s) and other published works for inclusion in the Alumni Authors Collection.

Material gifts to the Libraries are considered non-cash charitable donations. Due to legal restrictions, the Libraries are unable to provide appraisals or evaluations of donated gift items for income tax or IRS purposes. Donors desiring or requiring an appraisal should arrange for an external, independent, certified professional appraisal before donating and are encouraged to consult with their income tax advisor. The Libraries will provide donors with a written acknowledgment of gifts accepted.

Further inquiries can be directed to Danielle Salomon, Director of Libraries,, or Stephanie Cubba, MSMU Office of Institutional Advancement, at

Gift Books


Gift books are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please call or email before dropping off gift books. Please also review our gift policy above or contact Danielle Salomon.


Special Collections & Archival Materials


If you wish to donate rare or MSMU-related items to the Special Collections department, please contact Amy Sonnichsen.


Other Donations


All other donations (monetary, naming opportunities, etc.) should be referred to Institutional Advancement or the Give to the Mount page.

See Libraries - Giving for instructions on how to donate directly to the libraries.



Library Mission & Values

Library Mission

The mission of Mount Saint Mary's University Libraries is to inspire inquiry, foster intellectual and personal growth, and promote the effective use of information. As an academic library serving a diverse community, we are dedicated to providing access to information resources that reflect many voices and perspectives. Our innovative services engage students and faculty and advance the mission of the University. Our highest measure of success is a graduate who has developed the skills to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly information-laden environment, and who uses those skills to better the world.

Library Values



We develop skilled researchers who create interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary problems.


We believe in the primacy of women's voices, scholarship, and contributions to the collective effort to build a better world.

Critical Thinking

We emphasize the role of inquiry in creating new knowledge. We promote critical information literacy and an understanding of the legal and socioeconomic interests that influence information production and dissemination.

Open Discourse

In keeping with the Catholic intellectual tradition, we advocate for the inclusion and wide dissemination of ideas, knowledge, and information. We support intellectual freedom, academic freedom, and civil discourse.


We prize the diversity and inclusiveness of our community and strive to address inequities that still exist.


We intensify our value through partnerships and collaborations while providing stewardship of our spaces and resources.


We continue the tradition of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, to respond to the urgent needs of the world and be of service to others.


We respect the privacy of our users in their exploration of information.


Library News & Events!

Check out our Library News blog and our Library Events calendar below for upcoming changes and activities in the MSMU Libraries!

A library student worker engages with an exhibit panel

Above: A library student assistant engages with a panel from the exhibit "Two Roads, One Journey: Education in China and the United States" held in the McCarthy Library (Doheny Campus) in Spring of 2018. Based on a book by MSMU Professor Emeritus Nancy Pine, this immersive experience takes the viewer through a day in the life of an elementary student in both countries.

Library News


Library Events

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Giving to the MSMU Libraries

How to Donate

Visit the Give to the Mount - Donation Form page and select "Libraries" from the designation dropdown menu.

Donation designation dropdown menu - libraries


Give to the MSMU Libraries!

Give to the Mount - Donation Form


Wish List

Study lounge furniture  $10,000 1
Financial Times site license $5,000 1
Part-time job in the library for one MSMU student $3,000 10
Extra-large mobile whiteboard $800 10
Thread power hub $300 12


Thank you for your support!

Library staff hand out books and roses to students

Above: Library staff hand out books and roses to students during an annual event in collaboration with the MSMU Language and Culture Department.


Gifts of Books and Archival Materials


Gift Books

Gift books are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please call or email before dropping off gift books. Please also review our gift policy or contact the Assistant Director of Collections.

Special Collections & Archival Materials

If you wish to donate rare or MSMU-related items to the Special Collections department, please contact the University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian.


All other donations (monetary, naming opportunities, etc.) should be referred to Institutional Advancement or the Give to the Mount page.

Contact Us!


Questions about your library account?

Coe Library • Chalon Campus

Charles Willard Coe Memorial Library
12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Main: 310.954.4370
Archives & Special Collections: 310.954.4377


McCarthy Library • Doheny Campus

J. Thomas McCarthy Library
Building 6
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Main: 213.477.2750


Library Staff

Library Administration

Danielle Salomon
Director of Libraries
310.954.4371 (Chalon)
213.477.2734 (Doheny)

Georgiana Hita
Administrative Assistant & Purchasing Coordinator
310.954.4013 (Chalon)

Research & Instruction

Staff portraitMarjorie Acevedo
Associate Director of Research & Instruction
213.477.2755 (Doheny)

Rebekah Tweed Fox
Instruction & Outreach Librarian
310.954.4087 (Chalon)

Dylan Smith
Health Sciences Librarian
213.234.9834 (Doheny)

library staff avatar - tea mug and booksSamantha Silver
Electronic Resources Librarian
213.477.2754 (Doheny)

Access Services

portrait of library staff member AbbeyAbbey Thompson
Assistant Director, Access Services and Spaces
213.477.2720 (Doheny)

Lorena Alvarado
Access Services Coordinator, Chalon
310.954.4375 (Chalon)

Michelle Luevano
Circulation Assistant
310.954.4376 (Chalon)

library staff avatar - tea mug and booksMonica Johnson
Circulation Coordinator
213.477.2752 (Doheny)

library staff avatar - tea mug and booksStephanie Sandoval
Circulation and Reserves Coordinator
213.477.3372 (Doheny)

Collections - Acquisitions & Resource Management

Cheryl Ocampo
Assistant Director of Collections
310.954.4372 (Chalon)

Terry Fresquez
Cataloging & Technical Services Librarian
310.954.4371 (Chalon)

library staff avatar - tea mug and booksSamantha Silver
Electronic Resources Librarian
213.477.2754 (Doheny)

Claudia Alvarado
Acquisitions Coordinator
213.477.2750 (Doheny)

User Experience, Digital Initiatives, Archives & Special Collections

Amy Sonnichsen
Associate Director of University Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Initiatives
310.954.4389 (Chalon)

staff headshot Julie Bill Systems and Technology LibrarianJulie Bill
Systems and Technology Librarian