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About the Buxton Library: Policies and Services

About the Buxton Library

Welcome to the Buxton Library at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). The library is available to students, faculty, staff, and community borrowers of Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). The library offers a relaxed learning environment with helpful, skilled librarians and library specialists. As an academic library, our main goal is to support students, faculty, and the curriculum offered at PVCC.

Hours & Location

The Buxton Library is now open! Come in and check us out. *The Fall 2021 Semester begins August 23, 2021.

  • August 21, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Monday - Thursday: 7am-7pm

Friday: 7am-2pm

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

*Hours are subject to change*

Library Location


PVCC’s historical materials are electronically archived and can be found using the online catalog. You can view the entire collection by entering Paradise Valley Community College as a title search. In the archives, you will find PVCC Staff Study Reports, Capstone Videos, Puma Press articles and many other items. For more information, please see a Librarian or visit our Archives LibGuide.

Library Policies

Borrowing Guidelines

The Buxton Library asks that all materials be brought back on time so that fellow patrons may have fair access to them. Please refer to the Maricopa Libraries borrowing guidelines for more information.

  • Returning Materials: All materials can be returned directly to the library. Books may be dropped into one of two Book Drops located on campus. See here for locationsPlease do not place any media or technology in the Book Drops.
  • Overdue Notices: Overdue notices will be sent to the email on file for each patron. Failure to receive

an overdue notice does not remove or negate your responsibility for meeting the due date or paying

subsequent fees. 

  • Reserve MaterialsCourse Reserve items 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 course reserves

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.

  • Call the Circulation desk: 602.787.7200
  • In person by visiting the Circulation desk
  • Online via the MyAccount/Renew link in the library catalog

Confidentiality of Borrower Records 

As stated in the ALA Code of Ethics (pdf), 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.

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.


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. Please be aware that the Library selects its materials for a college-aged audience.

Library Computers

The Buxton Library @ PVCC adheres to the MCCCD Technology Resource Standards which have 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 in high demand. Tampering with computer hardware or software is strictly prohibited.

Laptops/Wifi Hotspots/Calculators

Please refer to the Device Checkouts website to request technology.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are allowed in the Library, with the exception of the library classroom. Food delivery directly to the library is prohibited.

  • Drinks are welcomed in covered containers.

  • Please be mindful of others and avoid food with strong odors, messy foods and noisy snacks (i.e., fish, pizza, corn nuts, etc). 

  • Please dispose of any leftovers or trash in trash cans and recycle whenever possible.

  • Remember to report spills immediately at the nearest service desk for easy clean-up.

  • Be mindful and considerate of other library users. This is your library; please help keep it clean and comfortable.


The Library encourages student collaboration and group discussion. With the exemption of the Quiet Zone, a conversational volume is appropriate in the remaining areas of the library, including 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, conversations are not permitted and phones must be turned to vibrate.

*If you are in the study rooms located in the quiet area, please be mindful of your noise levels and be courteous to those around you by lowering your voice.

Cellphone Use

Phone calls are not permitted in the library. Please take your calls in the E-Building hallway.


Please refer to the Student Pay for Print webpage for more information on printing while on campus.

*Under U.S. 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. 

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 for study purposes only 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 a study room where there is only 1 occupant, that occupant will be asked to relocate.

There are eight (8) study rooms in total:

  • 3 small study rooms = 2 people or less

  • 5 large study rooms  =2 people or more

Please see the Circulation desk to borrow:

  • Dry-erase markers
  • Erasers
  • HDMI Cables
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Players

Unattended Personal Belongings

Library staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items. College Police will pick up any items left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Please check with the Circulation staff for information on your lost items. 


Closing procedures begin 15 minutes before the stated closing time. For example, if the library closes at 7:00, closing procedures begin at 6:45. At that time, music will be played and lights flickered every 5 minutes to signify the library is closing. College Police will be present to assist with closing of the building.

Library Conduct

The Library is a shared area for study, research, learning assistance, and computer use. Please treat staff and fellow users with respect and courtesy. Ensuring a pleasant and productive environment for all users requires that each user of the facility follow these guidelines:

  • Student academic work takes precedence over all other use of these facilities.

  • As a courtesy to others, please turn cell phones off or to vibrate. If you receive or place a call, please complete it outside the library.

  • No animals are allowed except service animals.

  • No E-Cigarette use inside any PVCC building.

  • Disruptive behavior or behavior that can be interpreted as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment will not be tolerated.

  • When listening to audio, please use headphones and keep the volume at a moderate level at which others cannot hear it.

  • Please do not sit on tables or put feet on furniture.

  • Mutilating library materials by marking, removing pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft devices or in any way injuring or defacing materials is not allowed. (ARS 13-1602)

  • Patrons must wear shoes, shirts, and attire appropriate for a public place.

  • Library areas may not be used for prolonged sleeping or as living quarters. (A.R.S 13-2905 Loitering)

Uncooperative violators of these policies will be asked to leave the Library. If deemed necessary, College Police will be called for assistance. Library staff members are authorized to interpret and apply these rules of patron behavior as the situation warrants.

The conduct of students, employees, and visitors at PVCC is governed by the District's Administrative Regulations. For a full listing of Maricopa Community College District administrative regulations, please see:

Checking Your Library Account

A library account is your one-stop shop for everything related to your library record. Once logged in, you can check what items you currently have checked out, renew items, check fines due, request ILL/IDL's, and sign up for text message notifications about checked out items.

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, sign-up for text message notifications.

4. When finished, log out of your account.

To sign up for text message notifications:

1. Click on My Account/Renew in the upper right corner of the library catalog

2. Enter your MEID and password.  

3. In the Personal Information tav, choose "Add Text Message Notification".

4. Select the type of notifications you want to receive: 






        5. When finished, log out of your account.

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.


Obtaining a Campus 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.

Self Registering

  • You can 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


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

  • Circulation Desk: 602-787-7200
  • Reference Desk: 602-787-7215
  • Email us: 

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