Frequently Asked Questions


Who can use the library?

Anyone may visit the library to read, study, and ask for research assistance. To check out books, users must have a valid Rochester College Campus ID card , a MichiCARD, an INFOPASS, or a Guest Membership card.

How can I get a Guest Membership?

Guest Memberships are for those who are not students or employees at Rochester College and don’t have borrowing privileges through INFOPASS or MICHICARD.  Guest Memberships cost $35 a year and include the ability to check-out books, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services, as well as use of our computers in the library.  A Guest Membership does not include remote access to our databases.

When is the library open?

For a calendar of days and hours the library is open or closed please see the main library page: Here

Do you have wireless access in the library?

Yes! If you have trouble connecting, please let us know.

How do I get a library card?

Your library card is the official Rochester College ID card that all students and employees of Rochester College are issued. Students and employees of Rochester College can obtain an ID from Student Services. In order to activate your ID as a library card you must set up an account in the library. If you are a Rochester College student or faculty member at Mott, Macomb, or Specs Howard, you can call the library to set up your account.

How can I access the library databases when I am off campus?

When using our library databases from off campus you will be prompted to enter your Warriornet username and password. If you have lost your username and password, or have not set one up yet, go to the Login page or call the IT Dept. at (248) 218-2080. Occasionally if you are using our database at your workplace you may have trouble accessing our databases because of firewall’s. If you are having trouble using the databases, please give us a call in the library at (248) 218-2260.

How can I access the NetLibrary E-Books when off campus?

The easiest way is to go in through the database page and enter NetLibrary that way.  You will need to login with your RC username and password.

How long can I check out books?

Books – 4 weeks. They can be renewed 1 time for 2 more weeks.

CD’s, DVD’s & Videos – 7 days. They can be renewed once for 7 more days.

*If you check out materials you are responsible for their safe return to the library. Please be sure to return materials on time.

Do you charge for overdue materials?

Yes, there is a .25 cent charge per day per item overdue. To avoid this, renew your materials their due date or return the items.

Can I renew my books online?

Yes, go to catalog search and click on the “my library account” button Type in your library card number (omit the A & B) to access your account. If you need help, just give us a call at (248) 218-2260.

How are materials selected for the library?

Materials for the library are selected using the library’s Collection Development Policies. View a PDF of our policies: Collection Development Policies

May I suggest materials for the library to purchase?

Individuals may request that the library acquire specific materials: E-mail your library liaison