Category Archives: Announcement

To announce closures or other pertinent items.

National Library Week: April 7-13, 2019

Per the American Librarian Association:
Libraries of all types strengthen their communities through education, lifelong learning, and a wealth of public services. No longer just a place for books, libraries have expanded beyond their traditional roles and provide more opportunities for community engagement and the delivery of new services that connect closely with their community’s needs. Libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses—a resource for all community members to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. 

Did you know that your ECC Library offers the following services and resources to our students?

  • Loaning of our 60 Chromebooks
  • Over 80 computers in our on-site labs
  • Anatomical models
  • Expert librarian help with research in person in Building C, by text, or online through chat or in your D2L. Contact us!
  • In-house use of our 20 laptops
  • Over 65,000 print books
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text articles
  • Loaning of our 22 TI-84 calculators
  • Interlibrary loan–get items free from other libraries
  • 3 hour study room use
  • Hundreds of thousands of full text, non-fiction ebooks
  • 24/7 off campus access of articles and ebook databases with an activated Student ID

Community members can also use our print collections, check out designated materials, use interlibrary loan, and get a two hour computer pass per day to use our online resources.

This video will give you an overview of the things you may not know about your library!

Come visit the ECC Library–we can save you time and money, and help you get started on the path to success!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: FAQs for faculty

Did you know that the library has an FAQ? It is located on our website under How Do I? While the FAQ is open to everyone, we have a special tag for faculty where you can see just the questions that are faculty focused.

Questions include how to schedule a classroom at the library, research appointments, embedded librarians for your online class, and more.

If you have any questions that are not answered in our FAQ, or have questions that you would like to see posted in the FAQ, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed for Spring Recess

The library is closed March 25-March 31 for Spring Recess. The library will reopen on Monday, April 1, at 7 :45 a.m.

To use the library’s databases and ebooks 24/7 during break or anytime, make sure your student ID is updated by calling the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or emailing

Have a safe and relaxing break!

Freedom of Information Day is March 16!

Use this link to find information on your state!

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This video from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.

To share on social media, use #FreedomOfInformationDay.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed for President’s Day

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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