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Library of the Marine Corps

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MCU Research Library general inquiries:
For library patrons to renew materials and get account help.

Circ Desk 703-784-4409 (no voicemail) mcu_grc_circ@usmcu.edu
Academic research, general reference questions MCRL Reference 703-784-4411 (no voicemail) mcu_grc_reference@usmcu.edu
Get help using MCRL subscription databases MCRL Reference 703-784-4411 (no voicemail) mcu_grc_reference@usmcu.edu
Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests and assistance ILL Dept.   mcu_grc_interlibraryloan@usmcu.edu

MCU Student Papers:

Are available online in our Library Catalog

Virtual Branch

MCRL Reference

 

703-784-4411 (no voicemail)

mcu_grc_virtual@usmcu.edu

mcu_grc_reference@usmcu.edu

Report a problem with Library websites, online
catalog, MCRL subscription databases
Virtual Branch   mcu_grc_virtual@usmcu.edu
For personal papers collections, manuscripts, historical documents, Command Chronologies, official Marine Corps unit material Archives Branch 703-784-4685 history.division@usmcu.edu

 

Address

Marine Corps University Research Library
2040 Broadway Street
Quantico, VA  22134


Physical Location

Building 2040, Marine Base Quantico, Mainside


Due to recent national security concerns, installation law enforcement will continue to conduct 100 percent **ID checks and an increase in vehicle inspections for the foreseeable future at all MCBQ gates. Travelers can expect increased wait times at entrances and an increase in traffic near the exits of I-95 and Route 1. **All adult passengers should be prepared to present ID at the gate - state, or federal issued. Options for teens 16 years and older are: DoD dependent ID, driver's license/permit and student ID. If younger military children have DoD IDs, please have them available.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but the safety and security of the installation, personnel and family members remain a priority.


Driving Directions

Travelling South on I-95 (from Washington DC): Take exit 150A, Quantico/Triangle. Merge onto VA 619-E (Joplin Road) and proceed through the traffic light toward the Main gate. Once you’ve passed through the gate, follow Fuller Road for approximately 4 miles. The speed limit is 40mph until approach to the Barnett Avenue curve. Bear right onto Barnett Avenue (speed limit reduces to 25mph).

At the second traffic light at the Quantico Fire Station, turn left onto Martin Avenue, and go underneath the railroad bridge. The entrance to the GRC parking garage will be on the right. Or, turn right at the rotary onto Broadway Street, then right again at the end of Broadway. Another parking garage entrance will be on your right.

Travelling North on I-95 (from Richmond): Take Exit 148 Marine Base Quantico. Proceed on Russell Road to the Base gate. Once you’ve passed through the gate, travel on Russell Road approximately 3.5 miles. At the rotary by the Officer’s Club, take the third exit road and proceed on Barnett Avenue for 1.1 miles. Just after the Quantico Fire Station, turn right onto Martin Avenue, and go underneath the railroad bridge. The entrance to the GRC parking garage will be on the right. Or, turn right at the rotary onto Broadway Street, then right again at the end of Broadway. Another parking garage entrance will be on your right.


Base Access

Please visit the MCBQ DBIDS webpage for current information and FAQs.

All Visitors/passengers to MCB Quantico, who do not have a DoD military ID or CAC, will need to go the Visitor Control Center (VCC) to be screened for a DBIDS card or Temporary Pass depending on their reason for access to MCBQ. You must present a valid federal or state issued ID at the VCC. DoD issued ID card holders are automatically enrolled in DBIDS after their first ID scan upon entering MCB Quantico. Vehicles may be subject to search.

Marine Corps Base Quantico is located off of Interstate 95 in Virginia, approximately 36 miles south of Washington D.C. and 20 miles north of Fredericksburg, VA.

The two closest airports are Dulles International (IAD) in Dulles, Va., and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) in Arlington, VA. Other transportation includes a bus terminal in nearby Triangle as well as Amtrak, 800-872-7245, and Virginia Railway Express, 800-RIDE-VRE, train services. The train station is located in the Town of Quantico and is a short walk from the GRC.

MCU Research Library Hours

Until 31 May 2021

Monday - Friday: 0730-1800

Saturday & Sunday: 1000-1800

Closed Federal Holidays

 


NOTE: Changes in hours due to holidays schedules and emergency closings will be posted on the Library website and social media outlets, and not on this page.

LIBRARY SERVICES
The Library and Library website do not support self-registration. Library card account applications must be made in person or are extended online via invitation to approved candidates. The Library website does not require a login, and public accounts are not necessary to use this website.

An account may be required to view articles in databases and in the Library catalog. Please note: We receive many requests for offsite database access. Due to costs and licensing agreements, offsite access to Research Library databases is authorized for resident program Marine Corps University students, faculty, staff, and CMC/FPME/PhD Fellows only. Library privileges terminate at the end of the academic year, or upon PCS from MCB Quantico.


Eligibility
The following are eligible to apply for a Marine Corps Research Library Card:

  • Marine Corps University resident students, faculty and staff, Active duty military, local Reserve, DoD Civilian, and DoD Contractor card holders assigned to MCB Quantico as a duty station or to a unit within a 50-mile radius of MCB Quantico

  • Current ID must be shown at the time of registration.

  • CMC Fellows, FPME students, and PhD candidates in approved programs are eligible for remote access to database holdings. Eligibility will be verified through the corresponding program branch, registration takes place online.

  • DoD Contractors must provide a letter from their COR stating that use of library materials is necessary to complete their statement of work.

  • Not authorized: Family members of Civilian ID card holders, and civilians that do not hold a Military/DoD ID card.

  • Not authorized: Active duty and Reserve students who are not part of an approved MCU CMC fellow, FPME or PhD program.

  • Not authorized: Active duty or Reserve who are not stationed at MCB Quantico or within a 50-mile radius.

 

The following are eligible to apply for a Quantico Base Library Card:

  • Active duty military and family, local Reserve, DoD Civilian, DoD Contractor, military retiree and family card holders assigned to MCB Quantico as a duty station or residing within a 50-mile radius of MCB Quantico

  • Current ID must be shown at the time of registration.

  • DoD Contractors must provide a letter from their COR stating that use of library materials is necessary to complete their statement of work.

  • Not authorized: Family members of Civilian ID card holders, and civilians that do not hold a Military/DoD ID card.

  • Not authorized: Active duty and Reserve students who are not part of an approved CMC fellows, FPME or PhD program.

 

Registration

  • Library cards registration must be applied for in person. A current Military or DoD ID card must be presented at the time of application.

  • Students, faculty, staff, CMC, FPME and PhD fellows must register online through the link provided at time of inquiry.

  • Minors applying for a Library card with the Quantico Base Library must have a parent or guardian (Sponsor) present at time of registration. The Sponsor is responsible for all materials checked out by his/her family members/dependents.

  • Lost or stolen Library cards should be reported immediately, so that the account may be deactivated.


VISITOR INFORMATION
The MCU Research Library is the academic library of Marine Corps University. It is also a partial government repository and as such, anyone is welcome to visit the Library. Only registered patrons can borrow materials. The Library is located within the Gen. Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center (GRC). Parking is available in the garage across the street.

The Quantico Base Library is an HQMC-MCCS Library co-located within the GRC. Anyone is welcome to visit the Library, but only registered patrons can borrow materials.

Both Libraries, along with a Virtual Branch that managers library systems, databases and websites, comprise the Library of the Marine Corps (LOMC).


HOURS OF OPERATION
The Libraries are open according to the times listed on their respective home pages. They are closed on all Federal holidays. Unscheduled closings due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances will be posted at the front entrances to the GRC, on individual Library websites, and social media outlets.


BORROWING & CIRCULATION POLICIES

Borrowing Items - Loan Periods

  • Registered patrons may borrow a total of 30 items for a loan period of 30 days (except for DVDs). 

  • DVDs: A total of 5 DVDs may be borrowed for a loan period of 2 weeks. 

  • Reference, Rare Books and Special Collections cannot be checked out and must be used inside the Library. 

  • Lost or damaged materials must be replaced at patrons' expense. Please contact the Circulation Desk if your borrowed materials have been damaged.

  • Special loan/renewal periods apply to MCU students and faculty. Please contact the Library for more information.

Renewals

  • Items can be renewed once via phone or online.

  • Additional renewals must be done in person at the Library, with the items to be renewed presented.

  • If an item has been placed on hold, the item cannot be renewed and must be returned when requested by Library staff.

Holds

  • Holds can be placed online or by calling or visiting the MCU Research Library or Quantico Base Library circulation desks.

  • If an item has been placed on hold, the item cannot be renewed and must be returned when requested by Library staff.

Online Account Access

Overdues

  • Borrowing privileges may be suspended until overdue items are returned.

Returning Items

  • Items can be returned to the drop box located across from the GRC, near the parking garage.

  • Please return Library materials to their respective circulation desks (i.e., Research Library materials to the research library side, Base library items to the Base library side.)


CHECKING OUT/CLEARING BASE

Patrons transferring from MCB Quantico are required to check with Circulation Desk to ensure no items remain outstanding on either their own, or their family members', library accounts.


CHILDREN

Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by a parent or guardian and should not be left unattended. The Library staff does not serve in loco parenti, that is, in place of parents.

Children are encouraged to use the Quantico Base Library. The Base Library offers numerous events for children including regularly scheduled story-time sessions (note: no programming available during COVID restrictions currently in effect). The Academic Library is reserved for adults to study and conduct research.


COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS

NOTE: The Library staff members are NOT authorized to assist patrons with troubleshooting their personal electronic equipment.

MCU Research Library Computers

  • The Library is a .EDU network. We do not have any .mil computers and are not connected to the .mil network.

  • 25 computers for patron use on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Patrons that wish to use a computer must sign in and must present a current Military or DoD ID card.

  • If all computers are in use, priority is given to students of any of the MCU schools.

  • Printing limited to 25 pages per day per patron.

  • One scanner in each library.

  • No memory sticks, USB drives, thumb drives or flash cards may be connected to any Library computer (per MCEN 293-08).

  • Retirees and family, active duty family, and children under 18 years of age must use the computers on the Quantico Base Library side.

  • The Library complies with Marine Corps Bulletin 2010, which provides for monitoring of network traffic and outlines permissible and prohibited uses of the internet from government computers. When violations of this policy are observed by Library staff, they are reported to Command authorities.


COPIERS AND MICROFILM READER-PRINTER

  • Copiers are available on the first deck in the room located near the Reference Desk.

  • Copier use is limited to reproducing materials from the Library collections and is subject to copyright laws.

  • Patrons may not use the copiers for personal use, i.e., to copy service records books, etc.

  • A Microfilm reader-printer is also located on the first deck.


DATABASES

The MCU Research Library subscribes to online databases to assist MCU students, faculty and staff in conducting research. These databases are more academic and research-oriented in scope than those provided by the HQMC-MCCS/Quantico Base Library.

All databases are available for all patrons to use while onsite. Offsite access to Research Library databases is authorized for Marine Corps University students, faculty, staff, and CMC/FPME/PhD Fellows only.

For information and assistance, including instruction, usernames and passwords, contact the MCU Research Library Reference Staff at (703) 784-4411.


HEADPHONES

Not available due to COVID restrictions.


INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
For registered borrowers. The process usually takes 5-10 days, sometimes longer. Lending libraries determine the length of the loan.

ILL request forms are available at the Reference Desk. There is no charge for this service. If you are not a registered patron but would like to borrow from our collection, please submit a request through your local public library.

Interlibrary Loan services are not available for Quantico Base Library patrons.


INTERNET ACCESS / WI-FI
WiFi access is provided throughout the library by HQMC-MCCS Libraries. Please note that the quality of the wireless signal depends on where you are sitting in the building and the possibly the condition or quality of your computer equipment.


LOST AND FOUND
Please contact us at (703) 784-4409 if you suspect you forgot an item. We make every attempt to notify patrons who forget their Military/DoD ID or Library cards. Unclaimed Military IDs are returned to the DEERS office to be destroyed. Other unclaimed items are disposed of after 90 days.


MARINE CORPS COMMANDANT'S PROFESSIONAL READING LIST
Marine Corps Reading List materials are located on the first deck of the MCU Research Library. All titles, including audio tapes, CDs and Playaways, are located here. Some reading list titles are also available online - please check the Reading List Guide for details.

We do not lend our Marine Corps Reading List titles to other libraries.

We regret that we cannot purchase copies for Marine units.


STUDY ROOMS
Not available due to COVID restrictions.

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