Learning Resource Center
About the Learning Resource Center

With three full-time faculty librarians, and a dedicated support staff of thirty people, Mesa's Learning Resource Center offers state-of-the-art library, computer, and media facilities to the entire College. Our 107,000 sq. ft. Learning Resource Center opened its doors on April 20, 1998 to great acclaim both for its aesthetic appeal and for the excellent support it provides as Mesa's main resource for student learning.

We have a collection of 115,000 books, 40,000 e-books, and access to more than fifty online academic databases. On the fourth floor you will find the Center for Independent Learning with its huge computer lab equipped with 140 workstations (both Windows and Mac). These computers are available for any Mesa student to use on a walk-in basis. We also offer a well-equipped Audiovisual Department and quiet comfortable areas for independent and group study.

More than 20,000 students use the LRC every week during the fall and spring semesters. We are open when class is in session and for shorter hours between semesters.

Whether it is to get help with your research, work on an assignment, study, or grab a snack at the LRC's popular coffee shop, we invite you to come by and explore what we have to offer.


Children in the LRC

Since the LRC is not designed to be "child friendly" there is a particular need for parents to provide direct supervision over their children at all times. To that end the following procedures have been established.

Children of Mesa Students, Faculty, Staff and visitors may accompany their parents into the LRC if the following conditions are met:

  1. Parents must directly supervise their children at all times to ensure their safety. Parents must pay particular attention to the unprotected stairways and balconies, automatic elevators, and electrical fixtures that are installed throughout the building.
  2. Children may not be sent on errands or allowed to wander about the building without their parents. Specifically, children must be under the direct supervision and control of their parents for the entire time they are in the LRC.
  3. The LRC maintains a collection which includes books and publications that are not appropriate for children. Also, the LRC Internet access is completely unfiltered and access to websites that are not appropriate for children is possible from all LRC computers. Parents must be responsible for what their children read or view while they are in the LRC.
  4. Most locations of the LRC are designated as quiet areas. Parents will be asked to remove children who are noisy or disruptive.

The following summary of these procedures is posted at the entrance of the LRC and at several locations throughout the building:

  • Children may enter the LRC only under the direct supervision of their parent.
  • Parents are responsible for their children's safety and behavior at all times.
  • Children must never be left unattended.
  • Parents will be asked to remove their children if they become disruptive, or if the children fail to stay with the parents
Food and Drink Regulations

To protect the materials and equipment in the LRC from damage, the following procedures must be followed by all patrons:

  • Drinks are allowed throughout the building, but are limited to those in closed containers such as covered cups, plastic soda containers, or water bottles.
  • Food consumption is limited to the first floor only in the LRC Cafe Commons area.
  • Where food is allowed, it must be purchased in the LRC Cafe or similar to the food that is sold in the cafe. Only light snacks are permitted.
  • The following items are examples of food that is not permitted:
    • Food that has a smell that carries
    • Fast food such as hamburgers or tacos
    • Pizza
    • Messy food that is greasy or leaves a lot of crumbs
  • Patrons are expected to clean up after themselves and must discard trash in appropriate containers.
  • Notify staff immediately of any liquid spills in any area of the LRC. The sooner it is cleaned up, the less likely there will be damage to the carpet or upholstery.
  • Patrons who disregard the above procedures will be asked to leave the LRC.

Prior to 2007, no food or drink was allowed in any public area of the LRC. We have made these changes to make your study time in the building as comfortable as possible; but, we need your cooperation to make this work. If there is serious damage to the books or equipment, we will have to return to the original policy.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation!