Category Archives: Announcement

To announce closures or other pertinent items.

Library closed for President’s Day

By uhuru1701 on Flickr

The library will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, in honor of President’s Day.

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

Click here for Spring Semester Hours.


February is Black History Month

February is designated as African American History Month. The ECC Library has many resources related to black history, culture, and the arts.

These are specialized databases that can help you explore the issues related to black history:

The new database Biography in Context has great resources on historic and current individuals. One example is Lorraine Hansberry, below.

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more. You can also check out one of our recent blog posts on Race and Brutality in YA Literature.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works.  Contact us and we are happy to help!

Elgin Community College also has a wonderful month of festivities available to the college community and the public; most are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

For faculty (and students!) Two new databases

ECC Library has two new databases available for students and faculty to use for both research and for reading recommendations.

Biography in Context:  Biography In Context (Gale) includes more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. There are also videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers.

NoveList Plus: NoveList Plus (EBSCO) has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction. It includes reviews from professionals (Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal), as well as from readers (via Goodreads).

If you need assistance getting started with these databases, let us know at

Activate your library card!

Need to have your information on the go?  Access information from home 24/7? Get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

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.

Library cards, once activated, expire when your Student ID expires. 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.

Library closed on MLK, Jr. Day

Image by Ron Cogswell

The library will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours

ECC Library Hours for Spring Semester announced

The library will be open for Spring Semester 2019 for the following hours beginning January 14:


 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.

We are closed the following holidays:

Jan. 21

Feb. 18

Mar. 25-March 31 (Spring Recess)

Remember that you can use our online resources 24/7 with your activated library card. Contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or to activate your card.

Happy New Year 2019!


The ECC Library reopens for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. hours on January 2nd.

We look forward to seeing you when the Spring Semester begins on January 14!