Resource spotlight: Online ebook collections

Our online ebook collections offer thousands of full text ebooks to faculty, staff, and students–fiction, nonfiction, scholarly, and popular.

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New collections:

eReadIllinois: eReadIllinois is a new database that provides fiction as well as non-fiction works, audiobooks, and children’s books. You will use your ECC ID barcode to check out or place titles on hold. (If you haven’t registered your ID with the library, you can do that online here.)

Mometrix Elibrary: Offers study guides, flashcards, and practice questions for over 1,800 different standardized exams including Praxis (teacher certification exams) GRE, ATI TEAS, NCLEX, HESI A2, medical technology certifications, computer technology certifications, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and more. Includes PSB study guides.

Wiley: Through our consortium membership with CARLI, the ECC Library has acquired a collection of over 3,300 ebooks from Wiley on a number of disciplines, including nursing, history, veterinary science, religion, and technology. This collection will be updated monthly. The ebooks are best viewed by using Chrome or Safari browsers. Search the library catalog for titles.

Oxford: Through our CARLI consortium, the ECC Library has access to 21 separate collections (over 14,000 titles!) through June 2021.

  • we have unlimited access;
  • they may be used as course materials and for course reserves;
  • direct links may be embedded in course management systems

These books are available through a search in our ECC Library’s catalog. Ebooks are listed as a Website.

Other ebook collections: these are searched directly through the database link provided, rather than in the catalog.

Selected ebook collections:

Ebook Central: multi-disciplinary, full text works.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: encyclopedias and reference sources on many subjects

Human Anatomy: interactive learning lessons

Rittenhouse: health sciences and scientific and technical publishing

Springer: Medical, science & technology

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library cards and database access

The method for signing into the library databases and e-books from off campus is easy! Students and faculty sign in with your ECC username and password, as if you are logging into AccessECC or D2L.  If you are already signed into AccessECC or D2L, you will not need to sign in again.

You will still need your physical student ID to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, study rooms, anatomical models, etc.). Please register your physical student ID with the Circulation Desk using this online form.

If you have any questions about your library card, please contact the Circulation Desk at x7337 or

If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at

Welcome back! There’s a lot you can do at the ECC Library!

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Activate your Student ID online
Borrow books (use Request in the catalog)
Use/Borrow eBooks
Access Research Guides
Ask questions about research
Ask the Archives
Use online resources such as databases
Use WiFi
Make a virtual research appointment
Follow our social media
Contact us
Chat with us
Text us: (847) 999-0403
Borrow a Chromebook


Activate your Faculty ID online
Borrow books (use Request in the catalog)
Use/Borrow eBooks
Request Research Guides for your classes
Book information literacy instruction for your classes
Ask questions about research
Ask the Archives
Use online resources such as databases
Use WiFi
Follow our social media
Contact us
Chat with us
Text us: (847) 999-0403

Spring 2021 services and Curbside information is available here. When you need us or have questions about the above, contact us. We are here online during our hours. Start on our library’s website for access to all our resources.

Inspired by Orkney Library‘s Tweet 6/30/2020

Library closed for MLK, Jr. Day

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The library will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours

Spring Semester 2021 Hours Announced

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Welcome Back!

The library will be open the following virtual, physical, and curbside hours during Spring semester, beginning January 19:

Virtual hours:Contact the librarians at, via chat, or by text at 847-999-0403.

Monday-Thursday     7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday                           7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday                       9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

We are also CLOSED for the following holidays:

MLK Jr. Day: Jan. 18
Presidents’ Day: Feb. 15
Spring Break: Mar. 22-28

Curbside and building hours are as follows (to students, faculty, and staff of ECC ONLY):

Building hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Curbside services: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact 847-214-7337 for Circulation or email for Reference.

For faculty: schedule an Embedded Librarian!

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What is an Embedded Librarian? This is a librarian who will work in the D2L environment to post resources and answer research and citation questions.

What are the advantages of having an Embedded Librarian? Having a presence in your D2L environment allows that extra area of support for your students and course materials. Working with your syllabus/content, librarians post resources at point of need, and also answer questions specific to the research needs in the class.

How do I request an Embedded Librarian? Simply fill out the form found on this page and our Distance Learning Librarian, Stacey Shah, will set you up with one of our librarians.

Once I have the embedded librarian in my class, what do I need to do as faculty? Your librarian will contact you with any questions they have on the content, syllabus, or assignments. If there are particular areas you want the librarian to focus on, let them know. You can also set up an email or Zoom consultation to go over the expectations. Otherwise, the librarian will monitor the Library & Research Help discussion board and answer any questions. Other than referring students to the library discussion board, you don’t need to do anything else–the librarian will take care of those library related questions.

Questions? Please contact Stacey Shah at

Happy New Year!

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After this year of difficulty and sacrifice, and as we mourn those no longer with us, let us hope that 2021 will be a wonderful year with new beginnings and special memories. Happy new year from the ECC Library!

Happy holidays from the ECC Library!

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Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season filled with relaxation and maybe a book or two!

Congratulations, Beth Hultman, our new Public Services Librarian!

From our new Public Services Librarian:

Beth Hultman, Public Services Librarian

I am so excited to serve ECC students and faculty in my new role as Public Services Librarian! I have been an adjunct reference librarian for the past 6 years at ECC and I cherish all the relationships I have made.  We have such awesome students and staff at ECC; I am proud to work here. As the Public Services Librarian, my guiding question will always be: how can the library better serve you? I seek to foster open dialogue and welcome collaboration, idea-sharing, and making sure everyone feels represented.  

Please reach out to me at

Hours for Winter Recess: Dec. 14, 2020-Jan. 14, 2021

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The library building (Building C) will be open the following hours/times during holiday break:

Mondays-Thursdays, December 14-December 23 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
(curbside will also be available on Tues 12/22 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

The following dates are available for curbside services in January:

1/5     9 am-12 pm
1/7     1 pm-4 pm
1/12   9 am-12 pm
1/13   1 pm-4 pm

The library’s virtual hours will be open the following times:

Monday-Friday, December 14-18 & December 21-December 23
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3

Monday-Friday, January 4-8 & January 11-13 & January 15
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Virtual services are closed January 1-3, and January 9 & 10, January 14 (convocation) and January 16 & 17

Remember that your AccessECC ID and password get you into all our databases, streaming services, and ebooks online!

The Spring semester hours begin on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:45 a.m.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!