Library - General Information
Undergraduate Calendar 2012-2013
- S.J. Toomey, B.A., M.L.S., B.Des. - Chief Librarian
- C. Olsen, B.A., M.L.S. - Head Access Services
L. Béchard, BA, MLS - Head Technical Services and Systems
The Library's primary mission is to contribute to the achievement of the College Academic Wing's stated mission to carry out university level education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in both official languages, and to support the pursuit of learning through scholarly research, teaching and study in a spirit of intellectual freedom. The Library's secondary mission is to be a repository of specialized information sources and items of national heritage in partnership with other federal and academic libraries.
Massey Library is located in the Massey building. The book stacks are open to the public but borrowing privileges are restricted to authorized users. The RMCC Library being a constituent member of a bilingual institution, is committed to collect and to offer all library services in both official languages.
The Library houses a substantial collection of books, government documents, journals, technical reports, microforms, video/audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs and special collections. The collection includes approximately 250,000 books and 1,200 journals, over 3,000 electronic journal subscriptions (CRKN), plus 2000 audio-visual items, in both English and French. More than 60 indexes and databases are available online. The special collections consist of monographs, prints, photographs and archival material, including the RMCC Archives.
The Leadership Library Collection, presented to RMCC by the Class of 1956, has a prominent place on the main floor . This floor also houses the library's regular collection of science and engineering books (call nos. TA403-Z), as well as the library's reference and journal collections. Recent issues of journals and daily newspapers are available in the reading area. The collection of newspapers on microfilm, plus the microfiche collection, is found in this area. The microfiche collection covers mainly military and history topics, including Canadian history.
On the second floor, the library's regular collection of politics, history, religion, philosophy, economics, sociology and psychology books (call nos.: A-JS ) are located. In the basement there is the rest of the library's collection, which covers subjects such as political science, law, music, art, literature, science and engineering (call nos.: JV-TA402). On this floor there is also the microfilm collection of primary sources . This includes government reports and documents from Great Britain and the U.S. concerning countries and time periods of historical interest, plus the papers of some U.S. presidents and other persons of note. In room 30 there is the government documents collection, which has mainly Canadian federal government publications and some provincial publications.
The main floor of the library has 4 look-up stations (for quick access to the internet), as well as 6 computer stations. Patrons can read the latest journals and newspapers in the Reading Area. Photocopiers, printers and microform reader/printers are available.
On the second floor there is a computer lab with 20 laptops, as well as a multipurpose room with space for reading/studying and group work. All computers and laptops offer access to the web and are equipped with standard software such as MS Office and Acrobat Reader. The Writing Centre is also on this floor, and offers tutorials and workshops to assist students with the writing process. In the basement there are study carrels and 2 computers, as well as one quick look-up station.