Library Open During Pancake Dinner


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Plan your study session or finish up your research paper at the ECC Library (Building C) on December 5 and get a bonus–free pancakes! The library is open until 10:00 p.m.

When you need a break, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and coffee dinner from 8-10 p.m. in the Jobe Lounge (Building B), sponsored by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development.

Building B and the F Building Computer labs will also be open until 10 p.m.

Free quiet! Get a room…


….a study room!

Need a peaceful, quiet study space?  Want to work on a group project?  The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.

Happy Thanksgiving!



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Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first Thanks, then Giving.—Anon.

—Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday from ECC Library!

Thanksgiving Recess: Library Hours/Closures

Photo by Martin Cathrae via CC

Photo by Martin Cathrae via CC


Monday & Tuesday, November 21 & November 22:
7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Closed: Thursday, November 24-Sunday, November 27

The library will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 28.

Remember that many of our online resources are available to you 24/7 by having your Student ID/Library Card updated through our Circulation Desk.  Please contact 847-214-7337 or before 5:00 p.m on November 23rd to update your card. Contact our Reference Desk for other questions.

New Research Guide: Multicultural Literature for Children and Adults


Looking for multicultural materials to read to your children or for your assignments?  We now have a new Research Guide that provides links to works of fiction, nonfiction, article databases, ebooks, and websites.

Some of the authors included are: Virginia Hamilton, Walter Dean Myers, Phil Mendez, Kwame Alexander, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, John Lewis, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many more.

There are also links to the Pura Belpré Award and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, as well as other sites to help you explore multicultural literature.

Special thanks to Tina Birkholz for compiling this guide!

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Feel good books

Feeling like you need a distraction and something to make you feel optimistic or good about yourself?  Here’s a couple places to get you started:

Goodreads has a shelf for Feel Good books, rated by its users. It includes works like Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, Wonder, Eat, Pray, Love, and other great titles.

World of Wanderlust has 10 Books that Make You Feel Good About Yourself. This eclectic list includes Wild, #Girlboss, and the Happiness Project.

Check out our Recommended Reading Guide, or our list of Book Reviews for other great titles that you can find in the ECC Library.

Finally, from BookRiot comes a list of quotes to give you hope, courtesy of Dumbledore:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”(Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”(Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

“It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated. . . .” (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

–Submitted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian

Need something we don’t have? Try Interlibrary Loan!

What is Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

How do I do it?
It is easy! Watch this video:

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.