Montgomery College Libraries Spreading the Words



An excerpt from the 1959 Accolade, Montgomery College’s yearbook:

Our New Library

Shivers ran rampant as the wind chilled the spectator bones: ground was being broken for the new library, January 1958. Nine months later, in October, the first new building on the M.J.C. campus was officially opened and many of the students wended their way between the old and the new carrying stacks of books to partially fill the spacious shelves which have a 25,000 volume capacity. ThenLibrary3The new library can seat 150 studious students, and is provided with a special reference room, an audio-visual set-up, a staff conference room and an air conditioning system, as well as squeaking tile floors and creaking chairs. The new library: the first physical sign of the growing pains of our expanding school.


Four decades—and two campuses—later,
Montgomery College’s libraries are better than ever.



MC Libraries Turn Another Page

NowLibrary1The four Montgomery College libraries are transforming to meet 21st-century student needs. The libraries are completing an in-depth ethnographic study of student needs and preferences in library programs, spaces, and services to better understand what students need to succeed at Montgomery College.


The information gleaned from the study is driving the transformation. As first steps, the Office of Facilities, the Libraries, and the Office for Information Technology started a refurbishment process, introducing a collegewide color scheme for paints, carpets, and furniture; introducing collaborative technologies; introducing personal device power charging stations, and upgrading furniture. The process will be completed in stages. Stop by to see the transformations—and feel free to provide feedback.



  • Germantown: Biomedical, Technology, and Bioscience
  • Rockville: Business, Humanities, Theatre, Architecture,
  • Interior Design, and Hospitality Management
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: Allied Health and Nursing
  • Cafritz Art Library: Fine Arts




  • 16,000+ e-books
  • 137 electronic databases and resources
  • Approximately 40,000 e-journals
  • 7,700 streaming e-videos
  • 21,000+ audiovisual items
  • 246,000 print book volumes
  • 262 containers (College Archives)



  • 480 instruction sessions provided annually to 9,000 attendees
  • 283 library course pages and research subject guides
  • 71,000+ annual circulation transactions
  • 199 computers, 3 instruction rooms
  • 11 group study rooms, 921 seats
  • 2,200 annual filled interlibrary loan transactions
  • Nearly 28,000 physical visitors in a typical week
  • 37,000+ annual reference/consultation transactions
  • 65 weekly public service hours during the semester

* As of 2012

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