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All MCC physical library locations are closed and we will continue to provide online resources and library services. Please refer to MCC's Coronavirus page for updated information.


MCC-Penn Valley Library
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111-2764

Phone: 816.604.4080
Fax: 816.759.4374

Schedule a virtual research appointment with a librarian

2020 Read Harder Challenge

Have you decided to read more in the New Year? So have we. In fact, the library is bringing Book Riot’s annual reading challenge to campus. Inspired by the popular book website’s emphasis on expanding the boundaries of reading, our challenge is an open invitation to faculty, staff, and students to read more.

How To Participate:

Track your reading - download the list from Book Riot. Some titles may have more than one category!

Read books from anywhere- We have a list of electronic books and audio books to get you started.

Read as much as you like - In a term or in the whole year, read as little or as much as you like to participate.

Win a prize:

Penn Valley participants can send us your list at the end of the term OR year to ANYONE who reads wins a prize. Read every single category? Win extra big!

MCC Library Mission: The Libraries support the MCC mission by providing services and resources that strengthen and enhance instructional services.

Specific Charges

  • Provide library instruction for finding and evaluating information resources in class or in a one-to-one environment
  • Recruit, hire and retain a knowledgeable staff of effective, caring, service-oriented professionals
  • Acquire and organize collections of material and information in print, non-print and digital formats to support the MCC curriculum and life-long learning
  • Provide optimum facilities for individual study, group work and research needs
  • Provide interlibrary loan services to expand local resources
    Library Cards

Your MCC-Penn Valley Student ID or other state-issued picture ID such as a driver's license can be used as your library card.

Loan Lengths

Circulating books are checked out for four weeks. Magazines, journals, newspapers, special collection and reference books may not be checked out. Reserve material varies by item.

Renewals and Returns

Library materials may be renewed twice, if someone else has not requested the item. For reserve items, there are no renewals. Interlibrary loan renewals are determined by the lending library. Return library books at the Circulation Desk (Learning Resources 1st floor).


The library has 40 computers available for student use. Computers are to be used for researching assignments given by MCC instructors. First priority on computers goes to students conducting research for class.  If our computers are reserved for class use, you will be asked to use the Instructional Computer Lab in HU 103. When using the Internet, students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy set forth by Morenet, which includes no viewing of offensive materials.

Electronic Resources

The library subscribes to more than thirty databases on a variety of subjects that can be accessed in the library or off-campus.


Students can print, copy, or scan in the library using funds from their PaperCut account. Each student is given $20 per semester. Additional value can be added to your PaperCut account online using a debit or credit card or in person at the circulation desk using cash.  

Course Reserves

A limited collection of instructional materials are available at the circulation desk. Loan lengths and use restrictions are set by faculty. Some materials must be used in the library only. Reserve items are listed in our online catalog by instructor or course name. A current photo id is necessary to use reserve materials.

Interlibrary Loan

MCC-Penn Valley library is a part of MOBIUS, a consortium linking academic libraries across the region. Books can be requested online and will be sent to Penn Valley library for checkout. Please ask at the Reference Desk about this service.

Library Collection

MCC-Penn Valley Library has a book collection of over 80,000 volumes and subscribes to 100+ magazines, journals and newspapers. Our holdings are accessible through the Kansas City online catalog. Kansas City is part of the MOBIUS system which includes holdings of Missouri universities and colleges.

Reference Assistance

The library staff is available to help you find information and to answer your questions. Ask for reference assistance whenever you have difficulty locating information or using Library resources.

Library Policies

Cell Phones

Classrooms and areas designated for studying should be free of distractions. Please silence your cell phone while in the library. Keep phone conversations as quick and as quiet as possible.  

Children on Campus

The Metropolitan Community College campuses are places of easy access to the public and do not have the resources to protect unsupervised children. Leaving your child unsupervised on campus while you are in class could place your child at risk. Therefore, students are prohibited from leaving a child unattended at any of the college facilities. Unattended children will be reported to the Public Safety office and the parent/guardian responsible could face disciplinary action. Parents/guardians must make arrangements for the care of their children during class meetings.


Food is not permitted in the library. Drinks are permitted, however students are expected to practice responsible behavior and avoid spills and messes.