The Campus Library
The college library, through its varied and expanding collections, is a major academic resource for students at Bay Mills Community College. Its facilities stimulate intellectual curiosity, promote research, and provide an atmosphere of learning. A library director and assistant director along with a part-time work study student work to provide assistance to students and other patrons using the library.
The book collection is arranged according to the Library of Congress system in open stacks. The reference collection contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, bibliographies, manuals, almanacs, atlases, and other volumes that can be used for rapid information retrieval. A special part of the library is devoted to a collection of over 900 books dealing with Native American topics, many of which were authored by Native American scholars. In addition, the library collection features audio and video cassettes on Native American history and culture, language, law, literature, mythology, and handicrafts to support and enrich the Native American studies curriculum at Bay Mills Community College.
The library also maintains interlibrary loan agreements with many Michigan public and academic libraries. An arrangement with the Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation-Automated Library System and Michigan eLibrary allows the patron to have access to over 6,000,000 books and materials by utilizing an online system linking participating libraries within the State of Michigan. Books and other research materials are readily available to BMCC library patrons by means of interlibrary loan.
The Virtual Library
In addition to maintaining a regular print library, the college provides a Virtual Library for patrons seeking information via the Internet. Students may use a site map or site index, search the Virtual Library site, e-mail the librarians, or read the Frequently Asked Questions. When patrons choose to use the Virtual Library, they may access books and papers dealing with scholarly and/or contemporary topics, full text magazine articles, local library catalogs, Native American studies information, and reference materials. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs are all on-line.