Category Archives: Announcement

To announce closures or other pertinent items.

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 or call the Archives at 847-214-7141.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

3 new EBSCO databases available for faculty, students & staff

The ECC Library has added in three new, exciting databases to our comprehensive collection!

Chicano Database : This database contains over 2,400 journals going back to the 1900s, focusing on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, as well as the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants from 1992 onwards.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: This database is the leading full-text resource for criminal justice and criminology research. Over 320 full text magazines and journals are covered. Subjects include forensic sciences, corrections, policing, criminal law and investigation.

LGBT Life with Full Text: This is the definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources. There are 140 full text journals included, and over 160 full text books and reference resources. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

July is National Culinary Arts Month!

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in the culinary arts (such as a chef) are increasing at a faster rate than the average job.

As a reminder, the library has many resources available to you that can help you gain an edge in your chosen culinary field. Check out the resources below to keep up with current issues, best practices, current news, and more.

Magazines in the library (available for checkout):

  • Bon Appetit
  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Eating Well
  • Food Magazine
  • Saveur

Online trade publications:


The library has access to thousands of newspaper articles, from local papers such as the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald, to around the globe. Search the newspaper collections individually for current news on food trends or foodborne illness outbreaks.


Plunkett Research: Find market research, industry Statistics, trends and in-depth analysis of companies, including industries such as Hotels & Travel, Green Technology, International Companies, Retailing, and Sports.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Contains many works related to food, such as Food: In Context, Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry, and Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.

Ebook Central: Search by a term such as culinary, cuisine or cooking for many culinary works, from the scholarly to the practical.


Click here to see some food/culinary DVD titles. Below are a few standouts:

Print books:

These books are available in our library.  Click here to view a list of books under the subject of Cooking. We also have cookbooks by well-known chefs, including Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Emeril, Rachael Ray, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and more.

*All covers courtesy of

–Updated and revised by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Library closed July 4 for Independence Day

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will reopen on Monday, July 8 at 7:30 a.m.

Library summer hours are posted here.

Happy 4th of July!

June is Pride Month!

What is Pride Month?


Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.


This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.

Book awards:

In the ECC Library:

The library has an LGBTQ+ Research Guide which lists books, articles, websites, and more.

Coming soon: JULY 1! A new database called LGBT Life with Full Text from EBSCO ! We are excited to offer this “definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms. ” This database will be useful for faculty and students alike.




Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

Your Wellness Professionals also provide support and services for the LGBTQ community. One such service is a template you can give to your professor before classes begin about preferred names and pronouns.  Please contact Wellness Services at if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

ECC Library Summer Hours Announced (June-August)

Photo by Link Hoang 

The library will be open the following hours during summer session:

June 3-August 8 Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

August 9-16 Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 15 open at 10am

The library will be closed on the following dates:

Friday/Saturday/Sunday May 31-August 4
Thursday, July 4
Saturday/Sunday August 10-11 & August 17-18

Questions? Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email

Hours can be found here.

Remember that you have 24/7 access to the library with your active student ID.

New, easier login procedure for off-campus library databases access

As of Monday, May 20th, 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 library card or Employee ID to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, etc.).  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

If you have issues logging into the databases or e-books, please contact the Reference Desk at x7354 or