E-books at your library

ebooks2Did you know that the library has over 25 collections of e-books encompassing thousands of titles on business, education, psychology, science, health and more?  We even have access to online encyclopedias and other reference materials that can give you a head start on your research.

Our e-book collection can be accessed in two ways:

  • Our webpage via library’s catalog (gray search box at the top of the page under Search for Books & More.)  Type in a subject in the library’s catalog. Look for titles with [electronic resource] after the title.  Click on the title, and then click on the link to Connect to Full Text Online.
  • Our E-books Research Guide. This provides quick links by subject and type of resource.

The library’s e-book collection is intended to support the Elgin Community College curriculum.  Please note that some items may not be accessible off-campus.

For assistance with accessing e-books or for any other questions, please contact the Library Reference desk at 847-214-7354 or email libref@elgin.edu.

Take a magazine home!

newmagsMagazines can now be checked out of the library!  

Our print magazine collection includes over 100+ titles such as: Bon Appetit, Money, Essence, Latina, Entertainment Weekly, Yoga Journal, Modern Farmer, Newsweek, Radiologic Technology and many more.

The policies for this collection are as follows:

  • Only previous (back) issues circulate (the current issue stays in the library)
  • The checkout period is 7 days, with no renewal

Daily newspapers are still in library use only.

Remember that we have over 68,000 full text magazines available through our online databases. Click on Article Databases from the library’s webpage for a full list of options.

Questions about checking out magazines? Contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337.

Celebrate Black History Month!


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In 1976, our nation’s bicentennial, African American History Month was instituted. President Gerald R. Ford urged us to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Join in this celebration by attending one of the many events at Elgin Community College  or simply take an evening to rent one of many movies that express the richness of experience and culture in the African American Community.

Selection of African American Themed Movies at ECC:
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Against the Odds the Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
American Promise
Barack Obama
Good Hair


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Great Debaters
The Help  (IMDB #235)



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Hoop Dreams
Malcom X
Secret Life of Bees
Slavery and the Making of America
12 Years a Slave  (IMDB #184)
Voices of Civil Rights


For more movies, do an Advanced Keyword Search for African American and limit by Videos & DVDs. Lists of Best African American movies abound on the Internet, including “100 best Black / urban movies of all time” from IMDB.

Jana–Post submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian







Steal Like An Artist Book Review

Cover art courtesy of Amazon.com

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
By Austin Kleon
153.35 K648s

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining, and filled with new truths about creativity. His insights include: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination. (Summary from Amazon).

I came to this book from a writer’s perspective rather than a visual art perspective. But no matter what medium you choose, I think this book can be helpful to all artists. Because ultimately, making good art is recycling all the old ideas that humanity has had and trying to make new connections and find new interesting intersections, as well as taking an old idea and adding your voice to it.

My favorite page of the whole book is a graph of the life cycle of a creative project. You can see it online at Austin Kleon’s tumblr here. I love it because it normalizes the process, in my opinion. Looking at the graph again, I think I am stuck at point number two right now in my current writing project – Ok, this is going to be harder than I thought. But that is ok.

I have a sticky note on that particular page in my copy at home because it rings so true to me. It is not only that single page that has stuck with me, but also that Kleon writes about both the work and play of creativity in a way that really speaks to me as an artist.

I completely recommend this for anyone who pursues creative outlets whether as a hobby or a profession. Enjoy!

Karen new pic–Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

Get your library card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Want to get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

Students: Bring your Student Picture ID to the library to have the barcode on the back activated.  Student IDs can be obtained from the Student Life Office.  If you don’t have the Student Picture ID card, you will need to bring an ID with your name and current address on it.

Library cards, once activated this semester, now expire when your Student ID expires. No need to renew each semester!

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email circdesk@elgin.edu if you have questions.


Library closed on MLK, Jr. Day


Image by Ron Cogswell

The library will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours

Renner Library Spring Hours announced


ECC Library will be open the following hours during Spring 2016 semester (January 19-May 19):

7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m

 CLOSED Sundays

Additional information and holiday closures can be found on the Library Hours webpage.