Celebrate Black History Month in February


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

On the second floor of the Library (Building C), see our book display Race Relations–Where are we?

We also have items available for the February 6 Read In in Room C-120 in the library. Check with the First Floor Reference Desk (Building C) for titles.

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

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more.

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.


Resource Spotlight: Nexis Uni

SocialBanner nexisReplacing Lexis Nexis is a new, academic based database from Lexis called Nexis Uni.

This database provides a wide variety of authoritative sources, including: newspapers, broadcast transcripts from the major television and radio networks; wire services; non-English language news sources, and legal sources such as law reviews and case law.

Nexis Uni is currently available to on-campus users only.

To learn more about Nexis Uni, check out this video:

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Book Review

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By Caitlin Doughty
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Imagine your eventual death….what feelings run through you? Mortician Caitlin Doughty hopes some level of peace and acceptance accompanies the sadness and the anxiety. As a child, watching another child fall to her death in a Hawaiian shopping mall, Doughty began her path as a death expert and funeral director. Doughty didn’t agree with the commercial death industry for several reasons, including the potential to up-sell to grieving families, its unnecessary procedures (embalming and its environmental impact), and its dynamic of removing corpses from the view of society (which only elevates our death anxiety). Therefore, she decided the best way to educate society was to go from the inside: enroll in mortuary school. Doughty has since been busy working at her non-profit L.A. funeral home, blogging at her website The Order of the Good Death, and creating an “Ask a Mortician” podcast and video series all in the name of making our culture more death positive. This book is fascinating, creepy, humorous, and well-written. Doughty is a great storyteller: irreverent, witty, smart, and has found her calling. Doughty is very descriptive and leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to dead bodies, decomposition, and funeral home procedures. Educational and engaging, this work is highly recommended! She also has recently written a book called From Here to Eternity which is another page-turner about worldwide death customs.

Jen photo-Submitted by Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Activate your Library Card!

librarycardNeed 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 circdesk@elgin.edu if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.

Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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The library will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours

For faculty: Faculty Services @ECC Library

facultyAs we get ready to start a new semester, please take a look at all the ways the library can support you and can help your students achieve success!  Check out our Faculty Services menu, which lists descriptions of our services (face-to face or online), and provides online forms for your convenience.

If you have questions, please email libref@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7354 to speak with a librarian about how we can best assist you.

ECC Library Spring Semester Hours announced

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The library will be open for Spring Semester for the following hours beginning January 16:

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.

We are closed the following holidays:
Jan. 15
Feb. 19
Mar. 26- Apr. 1 (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 circdesk@elgin.edu to activate your card.