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Services & User Policies @ the Buxton Library: Services & User Policies @ the Buxton Library

Welcome to the Buxton Library @ PVCC

The Buxton Library @ PVCC is located in the E building (room 102b) and open to students, faculty, staff, and community borrowers of MCCCD. The library offers a relaxed learning environment with helpful, skilled librarians and library specialists. As an academic library, our main function is to support the students, faculty, and curriculum offered at the college. Library patrons are expected to abide by all policies in order to retain library privileges.

Libraries are major sources of information for society and they serve as guardians of access to information. The advent of the digital world has revolutionized how information is obtained and how libraries provide it--The Buxton Library @ PVCC advocates for you so know your rights regarding Intellectual Freedom. (American Library Association)

MCCCD Libraries Privacy Statement

MCCCD Libraries affirm the concept of intellectual freedom and the right of library users to use materials, facilities or services without intimidation. In supporting library users' rights to privacy and confidentiality, MCCCD Libraries are adhering to the "right to read" implicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Arizona Revised Statutes 41-1354 (Privacy of User's Records), and the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights. As stated in the ALA Code of Ethics, libraries "protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." This includes circulation records, database searches, reference interviews, interlibrary loan records, and all other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities or services.

An individual's use of library materials or services will not be disclosed to anyone other than that individual, to persons authorized by that individual, or to library personnel acting within the scope of their duties, except as required by law as outlined in Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for MCCCD Library Staff (pdf).


The Library's hours of operation are based on the MCCCD academic calendar and the PVCC course schedule.Our hours vary throughout the year (fall, spring, summer, holidays, etc.).

Our current hours are here!


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PVCC ID/Library Card

A valid PVCC ID, or any affiliated MCCCD college ID card, acts as a library card and is required to check out library materials and use library services.


To obtain an ID card: 

  • Visit the Welcome Center in the KSC Building to enroll as a PVCC student or a community borrower (public member). Bring a picture ID showing you are a Maricopa County resident, 18 years or older. The Welcome Center will supply you with an 8-digit ID number and paper card. Please be aware that it could take up to 24 hours for your unique 8-digit ID number to be authenticated.
  • Once enrolled, bring your picture ID and your unique ID number to the Computer Commons Check-In desk in the E - Building to have your PVCC photo ID card made. You will then learn what your MEID is and setup your password. You can also retrieve your MEID number (needed to log into a campus computer) by self-registering at 

There is no charge for the first ID card. A replacement ID card will cost $5.00

Library Access Policy

Library patrons are required to respect the rights of others, the integrity of library resources, and the mission of the Library. To further these goals, all library patrons are expected to abide by PVCC and library policies and signage in order to retain library privileges. Failure to comply with these policies may result in ejection from the library, suspension of library and/or campus privileges, or arrest. 

Courteous Behavior: Civil and courteous behavior is the expectation at the Buxton Library. Behaviors that is infringe upon the rights of library patrons or staff are prohibited. Disruptive behavior may include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating Disturbances
  • Disrespect towards students, faculty, staff, or community borrowers
  • Rudeness
  • Defacing or damaging library materials, furnishings, or equipment
  • Loud or boisterous behavior or talking
  • Exhibiting any threatening, intimidating, or disrespectful behaviors towards others such as:
    • Abusive language or gestures
    • Threats of violence
    • Harassment

Additionally, library users are expected to:

  • Vacate the library promptly at closing time
  • Refrain from leaving personal belongings unattended

**Please see the Incident Chart below for consequences of continuous disruptive behavior.**  

Level of Incident

Consequence (Student/Community Borrower)

            Level 1 Infraction

  • Warning
  • Library Incident Form

            Level 2 Infraction

  • Warning
  • Library Incident Form

            Level 3 Infraction

  •     Contact Campus Police
  •     Forward information to Dean of Student Services
  •     Ban from Library – 1 Semester

Maricopa Students Rights & Responsibilities

            Level 4 Infraction

  •     Contact Campus Police
  •     Forward Information to Dean of Student Services
  •     Ban from campus - Permanent
Uncooperative violators of policies will be asked to leave the library. If deemed necessary, Public Safety Officers will be called for assistance. Library staff are authorized to interpret and apply these rules outlining acceptable behavior as the situation warrants.
Children Under 18:  According to the Maricopa Administrative Regulation 2.4.10, children (younger than 18) will not be allowed on campus unless participating in an authorized college program or under the supervision of an adult. Children under adult supervision are permitted in the Library provided that their behavior is appropriate for an academic library. Please be aware that the Library selects its materials for a college-aged audience.
Privacy: To the extent possible, users' privacy will be honored. Nevertheless, that privacy is subject to Arizona's public records law and other applicable state and federal laws, as well as policies of Maricopa's Governing Board, all of which may supersede a user's interests in maintaining privacy in information contained in Maricopa's computing resources.

Circulation Policy

The Buxton Library @ PVCC asks that all materials be brought back in a timely manner so that fellow patrons may have fair access to them. To ensure that items are brought back in a timely manner, the library has instituted the following Circulation policies. Please refer to the Maricopa Libraries borrowing guidelines for more information.

Returning Materials:  All materials can be returned directly to the library. Books may also be dropped into the Book Drop located outside in front of A building or the Book Drop located in the E-Building hallway directly outside the library. Please do not put media (CDs, DVDs, etc.) in Book Drops.

Overdue Notices: An e-mail account will be generated when you get your ID card. This e-mail will be used to notify you of overdue items. Failure to receive an overdue notice, for whatever reason, does not remove or negate your responsibility for meeting the due date or paying subsequent fines. Until all fees are paid, a hold will be placed on your patron record and your Library privileges will be suspended.

Reserve Materials:  Many instructors put items on RESERVE in the Library and are located at the Circulation Desk. These items are intended for the entire class to use and may include books, videos, or other formats. ONLY students may check out reserves. A PVCC ID is required to check out Reserve items. 

Please see the following loan chart to familiarize yourself with the items available for check out. 

Archives @ PVCC: PVCC’s historical materials are electronically archived and can be searched in the online catalog. You can view the entire collection by entering Paradise Valley Community College as a title search. PVCC Staff Study Reports, Capstone Videos and Puma Press articles all examples of archive materials that can be searched by title, author, keywords and subject in the online catalog

Avoid Overdue Items: There are 3 easy ways to avoid an overdue item. Please keep in mind that if an item is overdue, it cannot be renewed.

  1. Renew by calling the Circulation desk @ 602.787.7200
  2. In person by visiting the Circulation desk
  3. Renew online 


Checking Your Library Account

To view your library account:


1. Click on My Account/Renew in the upper right corner of the library catalog
2. Enter your MEID and password -  
3. Access your checkout, holds, fines, ILL/IDL's.
4. When finished, log out of your account

Computers, Laptops, & WiFi

The Buxton Library @ PVCC adheres to the MCCCD Technology Resource Standards which has been established for all campus computer users.  These standards apply to both the Library's open lab and mobile device use via the PVCC WiFi.  Academic use will take priority when computers are at a premium. Tampering with computer hardware or software is strictly prohibited.

Laptops are available for PVCC students to use in the Library. Students may check out a laptop for 2 hours with a valid PVCC ID and no fines on their record. The student must read and agree to  the Laptop Check-Out Terms and sign the log sheet. Printing is not possible directly from the laptops. Please email your files, use Google drive, or bring your own flash drive to save your work. Saving, burning, or downloading files, including music or other media files, is subject to copyright laws.  Students will be held responsible for any damage to the laptop, and in the case of damage, a maximum fee of $1,000.00 will be posted to the student's record.

Laptop Use Guidelines & Rules:

  • Laptops are provided for students to access electronic resources available both in the Library and through the Internet.

  • Laptops may not be used for commercial gain or for private profit. This includes online betting, online auctions, etc.

  • Internet access is a privilege, not a right, and as such can be withdrawn from those who use it irresponsibly - this includes viewing websites that may be considered offensive to other library users.  Students doing scholarly research on subjects which may be offensive to nearby persons or which may violate the MCCCD Technology Resource Standards will need to consult with Library staff before beginning research with any laptop.

  • Use headphones when accessing computer programs that have sound components in order to avoid disturbing other library users--Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk for check out with a valid student ID.

  • Users may not attempt to change or modify hardware or software configurations or install software on the Library's laptops. Tampering with library laptops such as attempting to damage computer equipment or software or cause degradation of system performance will result in revocation of library privileges.

  • Users may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Library's network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system. 

Copiers / Printers

Printing & Copying:  You can use your PVCC ID card to print and copy—see the helpful link for instructions on loading money onto your card. At the moment, only cash is accepted to load money onto your ID card. The printers/copiers are capable of printing/copying on the following paper sizes: 8.5 x 11, 11 x 17 

The following charges apply for copying:

  • $0.10 per page for 8.5 x 11, & 8.5 x 14
  • $0.20 per page for 11 x 17 and double sided.

The following charges apply for printing:

  • $0.10 per side for Black & White
  • $1.00 per side for color

Copyright Law: The United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted material. Any person copying such material is liable for any infringement.

Noise Policy

The Library encourages student collaboration and group discussion. Except for the Quiet Zone, a conversational volume is appropriate in the remaining areas of the library, including the group study rooms.

Quiet Zone: The quiet zone is a silent area of the library designated for those who need a quiet place to study. When in the quiet zone, please speak in a whisper and refrain from loud, disruptive noises. If you are in the study rooms located in the quiet are, please be mindful of your noise levels and be courteous to those around you by lowering your voice.

Study Room & Facilities Policy

Study Rooms:  Library study rooms are for the exclusive use of current PVCC students. Study rooms are available for students on a first come, first served basis. These rooms are intended for study purposes and not intended for lounging or storing belongings. The group study rooms (larger study rooms) are for two or more students.. If a group is in need of study room where there is only 1 occupant, that occupant will be asked to relocate.

Study rooms are equipped with the following items:

  • Single study rooms – White board
  • Group study rooms – White board, DVD Player, Presentation Station

Please see the Circulation Desk to borrow:

  • Dry-erase markers
  • Erasers
  • HDMI Cables

Unattended Personal Belongings:  The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Public Safety will pick up any items left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Please check with the Circulation staff for information on your lost items.

U.S. Patriot Act:  Under Section 215 of the Federal USA Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56), records of books and other materials you borrow from this library may be obtained by federal agents--see link below. This law also prohibits librarians from informing you if records about you have been obtained by federal agents. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Attorney General at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530.

Food & Drink Policy

Food and drink are allowed in the Library, with the exception of the library classroom. Only food that does not emit an odor is allowed in the Library. If an odor complaint is lodged with a library staff member, the offending patron will be asked to leave the library to complete their meal. Please be sure to clean up after yourself. Trash receptacles are located throughout the Library for your use. Food delivery directly to the library is prohibited.


The Buxton Library values your opinion. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:

  • Circulation Desk @ 602-787-7200
  • Reference Desk @ 602-787-7215
  • Library Specialist Supervisor @ 602-787-7207 or by email:

The Library staff is committed to making your experience here at the Buxton Library a safe and pleasant one.