Decker Library & MRC
Student borrowing privileges are subject to the following:Student borrowing privileges are subject to the following:
• Students must present a current MICA ID to borrow materials.
• For books, the standard loan period is three weeks and materials can be renewed twice if there are no holds on the material.
• For DVDs, the loan period is 2 days.
• A student may borrow up to 30 books and 2 DVDS at one time.
• If an item is checked out to another patron, a circulation staff member can place a hold on it and then notify the requesting patron once it has been returned.
• Overdue charges are $0.25 a day per book, and $1.00 per DVD.
• A book will be considered lost if not returned within two months of the due date. A DVD will be considered lost if not returned within two weeks of the due date. The borrower will then be charged the full replacement cost plus a $25.00 processing fee per item.
• Materials can be dropped off after hours in the drop located directly next to the main entrance of the Library on the first floor of the Bunting Center.
• Students can view a list of their checked-out items -- and renew items -- using the Library Catalog by clicking on "My Account". Items can be renewed just twice through the catalog; for further renewals, visit or call the Circulation Desk.
• User can also view their Decker Library account using your mobile device! The free BookMyne app allows patrons to view their checked-out items, holds and fines, and also allows them to renew items. Available through the App Store for Apple iOS and Google Play for Android.
Catalog and Databases
The Decker Library Catalog is available for searching the collection from any location, on- or off-campus. From off-campus you will be prompted to log in with your MICA user name and password (same as the My MICA Portal log-in). If you are logged in to the Library Catalog, you can then use Off-Campus links to research databases without a second log-in.
Research databases are available through this website from any computer on-campus.
For Remote Access to research databases, use the Off Campus links to any database on the Research Databases page. You will be prompted to log in with your MICA user name and password (same as My MICA Portal log-in). The log-in will take you directly to the selected database for searching. Once you have logged in for one database -- or to the Library Catalog -- you can proceed to a different database without a second log-in.
Reserve items are kept at the Circulation Desk and can be checked out for a two-hour period. Reserve items are for in-library use only. Materials from the collection that are currently on Reserve will appear in the Library Catalog with a location of "Items on reserve at Circulation Desk."
In accordance with copyright law, MICA does not condone or facilitate reproduction of materials that violates Title 17 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
Display of the following notice is required by law:
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Distance Student Requests for Scanning from Library Collection
- For MICA distance students who are currently not in residence, Decker Library staff will scan journal articles or chapters of a book in the library's collection; however, no more than 10% of a book or journal issue can be scanned for an individual patron. If more than that is needed, the student should use the (usually free) Interlibrary Loan Service of a public or academic library in their area.
- Scanned articles or chapters will be sent by email.
- Up to five articles/chapters per month will be provided to a MICA distance student.
- If an article or book is available through an electronic resource subscribed to by the library, a link will be provided rather than a scanned copy of the print item.
- Requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fair use and other applicable copyright law rights and restrictions will be applied to each request.
- Scanned materials are provided by the library for personal use or research. Students using articles or book chapters as online course materials are responsible for complying with copyright and clearing permissions. Further information about using copied or scanned content for courses can be found here: www.copyright.com/Services/copyrightoncampus/content/library.html.
The Decker Library invites suggestions for the purchase of new material. Use the Recommend to Order form here, also available via the Library Catalog. Or print out the Order Request Form (PDF file) and give to a Librarian or fax to (410) 225-2316.
Requesting Digital Images
If you need digital images for a class presentation that are not available on the MRC website or on ARTstor, you may request them through the MRC. Please allow at least two weeks for processing and longer for larger orders. The MRC only processes materials needed for classroom use. Please provide all source materials for the images that you require. Please contact our Digital Specialist, Art Soontornsaratool with any questions.
Students are welcome to make an appointment for an individual meeting with a librarian for instruction in using library resources or to develop research strategies for academic projects. Such visits may be scheduled with the Reference Librarians by e-mailing email@example.com or phoning (410) 225-2273.
If a book, article, film/video, or other item is not in the Decker Library, we can usually arrange to borrow a copy from elsewhere. The Interlibrary loan service is done online, with most materials available in 1-2 weeks. Occasionally, the lending library charges for the service. In this case, you will be notified of the charges before the book is ordered.
Interlibrary Loan requests can be made as follows:
- On-line with these request forms:
- The request forms are also available within the Library Catalog
- By email to the Interlibrary Loan staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will be notified via mica.edu email to pick up books or articles at the Circulation Desk once they are received, and are required to return items to a staff person at the Circulation Desk. Please do not use the book drop to return Interlibrary Loan materials.
The Library has two main public areas. The first floor features the Circulation Desk with Reserves, current periodicals, new book displays, and circulating videos. The lower level houses all other circulating library materials including fiction, back issues of periodicals, computer workstations, and the Information Desk. An elevator is available for wheelchair access. Please ask a staff member for assistance with the elevator.
Use of Other Libraries
The Decker Library is a founding member of the Baltimore Academic Library Consortium. Membership in this group entitles all current faculty, staff and students to reciprocal borrowing privileges at the following institutions. Use the links below to search the libraries' catalogs prior to visiting.
- Baltimore Hebrew University - this collection is now part of the Towson University's Cook Library
- Baltimore International College
- Goucher College
- Loyola/Notre Dame
- Morgan State University
- St. Mary's Seminary and University
- Towson University
- University of Baltimore - Langsdale Library only
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Stevenson University
Johns Hopkins University - Johns Hopkins University extends borrowing privileges to MICA faculty and graduate and post-bac students only. Interested MICA people must first visit the Decker Library Circulation desk to have a registration form completed by Circulation staff to take to the JHU Library. The privilege applies only to the Eisenhower Library on the Homewood Campus.
One can enter the Eisenhower Library by presenting a photo ID card between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., one must show an academic ID (i.e., a MICA ID).
Computer use within seated computer labs at the Eisenhower Library is restricted to those with borrowing privileges and requires registration at their Circulation Desk between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Stand-up computers throughout the library are available for use by all visitors, and contain the same resources as the seated computers.
NOTE: JHU limits access to the library during their mid-term and final exam periods. This includes a "reading week" prior to their final exam week. During those times, visitors can only use the library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During all other times, a valid JHU ID is required for entrance. See the JHU Academic Calendar.