Research Spotlight: Springer Ebooks

Last month, we posted about one of our comprehensive ebook collections, Ebook Central. This month, we look at a specialty collection, Springer Ebooks.

Thousands of books are available in this collection, focusing on the sciences, but also including business, psychology, mathematics, geography, and engineering. Millions more articles are available on these same topics. This Springer Collection’s main strength is the vast variety of medical and health ebooks, perfect for our nursing and allied professions students.

Remote access is available with your AccessECC ID and password. If you need help using Springer, please contact the Reference Librarians at libref@elgin.edu or 847-214-7354.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Database access & Library cards–new and easier!

The method for signing into the library databases and e-books from off campus has changed. Instead of using a barcode, you will 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 ID with the Circulation Desk at the library.

If you are faculty and staff, once you get your Employee ID, you can to come to the Library Circulation Desk to register your barcode.

If you have any questions about your library card, please contact the Circulation Desk at x7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu.

If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at x7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

Student planners are in!

Start your year off right by getting your time management on the right track!

The ever-popular student planners are available FREE to students around campus. The library has planners at the Circulation Desk, and both Reference Desks (1st and 2nd floor). These planners contain the Academic Calendar for the 2019-2020 year, important phone numbers and locations of services, information about courses, planning, transcripts, and Student Life, Student Services, and more.

Thank you Kristy Yemm- Pemrick in Circulation for the idea for the post!

ECC Library Fall Semester hours announced

Welcome Back!

The library will be open the following hours during Fall semester, beginning August 19th:

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:

Labor Day Weekend: August 31-September 2
Thanksgiving Recess: 5 p.m. November
Holiday Recess:

ECC Library hours during intersession: August 12-16, 2019


Hours for the ECC Library during Elgin Community College Intersession will be:

August 12, 13, 14  (Monday-Wednesday) 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

August 15 (Thursday) 12:00 p.m..-5 p.m.

August 16 (Friday) 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

CLOSED August 17 & 18

Fall semester begins at 7:45 a.m. on August 19! See Fall semester hours here.

For faculty: Course Reserves

The library offers a Course Reserves system whereby faculty request particular items to be  available for a particular class.  The items are available at our Circulation Desk by Instructor or Course.  Students can also search for reserve materials in our library’s catalog.

To place Items on Reserve for Your Students, please follow this procedure:

Go to the Circulation Desk in Building C (Library).

Bring the item you want on Reserve if the item is a personal copy. If it is a library copy, we can get the item for you.

Fill out the form at Circulation with the following information:

  • Faculty name, course name, and title of the item
  • Call number of the item (if any)
  • Choose:
    • Staff Use Only (formerly scheduling). Item will be available only to faculty. Students cannot use or check out.
    • Reserves. Item will be available for students for in library use only. Item may be in use by student when needed by faculty.
  • Choose:
    • Property of faculty member
    • Property of Library

Please allow a minimum of 48 hours processing time for materials already owned by the library.  If you are bringing material of your own for reserve, please allow additional processing time.

Please be aware that use of material must follow copyright guidelines.

For students:

Most items are designated for library use only and cannot be checked out of the library building. Students will also need their Student ID/Library card in order to access any Course Reserve items.

Search to see if your instructor has placed any items on reserve in the library.

If you have any questions about Course Reserves, please contact the Reference Librarians (847-214-7354) or the Circulation Desk (847-214-7337.)

ECC Archives featured as part of Celebrating Illinois Writers

Materials from the ECC Archives on writer Gwendolyn Brooks were featured as part of the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub, alongside Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg.  Brooks (1917-2000) was a long-time Chicago resident and the first African American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Poet Laureate of Illinois, she traveled and spoke at local campuses, including Elgin Community College in 1995. Pictured below is Brooks participating  in a High School/College English Articulation Activity at ECC.

Many thanks to Armando Trejo for keeping our ECC Archives and digital presence available to the greater community. You can view the Illinois Digital Archives site for ECC content here. To see more about what our Archives offers, see the Archives webpage. If you have any questions about the Archives, please contact Armando at atrejo@elgin.edu or call the Archives at 847-214-7141.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian