Library FAQs

Patron FAQs

Q. How are materials catalogued in the MPC Libraries?
A. Materials in both Libraries are cataloged according to the Dewey decimal classification, the system used by the Washington Area’s school and public libraries. This means, for example, that the Commentary section is arranged in the order of the Books of the Bible, i. e., from Genesis (222.11) to Revelation (228).

Q. Does MPC have an online catalog?
A. An online catalog of non-fiction books in the Main Library has been developed to assist patrons in the search for materials they need. Searches can be made by title, author or key words.

Q. How long may an item be borrowed from the MPC Library?
A. As a general rule, materials are due in two weeks. However, if you anticipate requiring an item for an extended period of time for use with a Home Fellowship Group or a Seminary class, for example, you should discuss that at the time of checkout with the librarian on duty. In addition, most items can be renewed.

Q. How do I check out an item from the MPC Library?
A. All materials that are removed from the Library must be checked out. Patrons should sign the circulation card in the back of the item, and leave it in the designated box on the circulation desk; the next step is to take a date due card and place it in the pocket attached to the material.

Q. May I reserve an item?
A. Yes. Someone needing to reserve a library item may send an email request to: If available, the requested item will be placed on the Reserve shelf in the bookcase located at the right of the door to the Main Library.

Q. How do I return an item?
A. Items being returned should be placed in the Return Box located just outside the door to the Library you borrowed them from.

Q. What is MPC’s policy if I ever lose a book, DVD or CD?
A. You would be asked to make a donation of a comparable amount to: The MPC Library Special Assistance Fund.


Volunteer FAQs

Q. Does the Library use volunteers?
A. Like the MOPS and ESL programs, the Library Ministry functions primarily through the efforts of volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer your time and talents to this ministry, please stop by the Library and speak with either Linda or Ed Crump. You may also call them at 703-956-9954.

Q. How can volunteers help this Ministry?
A. Some examples include: assisting with circulation on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings or during MOPS; processing new materials; sending overdue notices; and checking in returned items and placing them back on the shelves.

Q. How frequently do most Library volunteers work?
A. Most of our volunteers work one “shift” per month of approximately one hour.


Contributor FAQs

Q. Does the MPC Library accept used items as donations?
A. Yes, but before bringing any used materials to MPC, we suggest that you speak to Librarians Ed or Linda Crump to ensure that the items you wish to contribute are actually needed to supplement the collection. As a general rule, only books by authors who write from a Reformed perspective are accepted. We also ask that books be in good condition without underlining. CDs are accepted only if they are “packaged” as a set. The Library no longer accepts VHS tapes or audio cassettes. With the exception of Christian History and The Confessional Presbyterian, the Library does not accept magazines or periodicals.

Q. What type of donations are most needed?
A. DVDs, CDs, books, study guides and unmarked workbooks used by small groups are particularly appreciated.

Q. Does the MPC Library accept cash donations?
A. Yes, the Session authorized that many years ago.

Q. How may a donation be made to the MPC Library Fund?
A. A cash donation to the MPC Library Fund may be made by making the check payable to McLean Presbyterian Church and indicating “Library Special Assistance Fund” in the check’s “For” space.

Q. May donations be made in honor or memory of a friend, teacher, leader or loved one?
A. Yes. Such donations are frequently received. If a donor requests it, appropriate dedication plates will be placed in the books purchased with such donated funds.