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Marine Corps University Research Library

The MCU Research Library is an academic research facility serving the faculty, staff, and students of Marine Corps University at Quantico, VA.

The Marine Corps University Research Library is the premier academic library within the Marine Corps. Its collections include over 150,000 volumes, 400 periodical subscriptions, and 120,000 microforms as well as access to numerous government and commercial databases and digital resources.

While the Research Library’s emphasis is on amphibious warfare, all aspects of military arts and sciences and military history are covered in depth, with ancillary subject areas such as history, international relations, regional and area studies, geography, political and social sciences, and technology.

The Library provides a complete range of reference, bibliographic, research and loan services to students, faculty, and staff of the University schools. It also provides support to Marines and independent scholars worldwide.

Reference Librarians are on duty and available for In-person reference services are available during our regular business hours:

Monday - Friday: 0730 until closing
Saturday - Sunday: 0900 until closing

Reference services are also available by appointment.

  • Email the Reference Branch at mcu_grc_reference@usmcu.edu (staff will respond within 24 hours)
  • Call the Reference Branch at 703-784-4411 during regular business hours
  • Follow us on Twitter for information and updates
  • Check our Library Blog for information and updates on general library operations

 

Page last updated 30 June 2021

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.

Renewals

  • Items can be renewed once.

  • 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 on items that are checked out by another patron.

  • Holds can be placed online, or by calling 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.

Lost Items

  • The Libraries do not charge fines for overdue or lost items. We ask that you report lost items immediately and make a good faith effort to find them. If an item is permanently lost, patrons are required to replace the items at their expense, with copies in new or very good condition. 

  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended until lost items are returned.

Online Account Access

Overdues

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

Returning Items

  • Audio/Visual items (DVDs, CDs, Playaways) must be returned to one of the Circulation Desks. 

  • Library materials may be returned to the circulation desks in the Base Library or Research Library. Materials that are not audio/visual items can also be returned to the drop box located near the parking garage.

Marine Corps University Research Library Hours

1 JULY - 20 DECEMBER 2021

MONDAY

0730 - 2000

TUESDAY

0730 - 1800

WEDNESDAY   

0730 - 1800

THURSDAY

0730 - 2000

FRIDAY

0730 - 1800

SATURDAY

0900 - 1700

SUNDAY

0900 - 1700

CLOSED ALL 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.

 

 

The MCU Research Library is the academic library of Marine Corps University. It is also a partial government repository.

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,  CMC/FPME/PhD Fellows, and selected distance classes only. Library privileges automatically 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 (CSC, SAW, EWS, MCWAR)

  • Active duty military, local area Reservists, 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

  • Unfortunately, family members of DoD Civilians, Contractors, and Reservists are not eligible for a library account.

  • Unfortunately, service members and veterans enrolled in academic programs not conducted at or Marine Corps University, or part of the CMC/FPME,PhD Fellows program, are not eligible. 

  • A current DoD ID must be shown at the time of registration (CAC, retired or dependent ID).

  • 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

  • Unfortunately, DoD Civilian, Contractor, and Reservist family members are not eligible for a library account.

  • 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: Contact Base Library for current programming schedule). 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.

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

  • To use a computer, sign in at Circulation Desk. 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 available 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 reproduction of Library materials 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 available. please inquire at Research Library Circulation or Reference desks.


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 health concerns..


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. Connect to MCCS_WiFi. 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
Two study rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please check in at the Research Library Circulation Desk to request a study room.

SOCIAL MEDIA

All important Research Library updates, closings, and other notifications will be posted on social media and on our website.

 

 

If you are a patron of the MCU Research Library or Quantico Base Library, we invite you to suggest a book, audiobook, journal, DVD, or other materials you think the Library should add to our collections. Submit your suggestion via email to mcu_grc_reference at usmcu.edu. We do not allow form submissions via the web. If your request is time-sensitive, please call the Reference Desk at (703) 784-4411 or DSN 278-4411.

Include the following information in your email request:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • MCU affiliation (faculty, staff, student, etc.)
  • Title
  • Author
  • ISBN
  • Comments

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