Tag Archives: Special Information

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.


Studying for finals making you stressed? Get a study room!

Don’t make yourself crazy–check out a study room if you need quiet or want to work on a group project.

Study rooms:

*Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;

*Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);

*May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;

*On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;

*Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.


Library open during Pancake Dinner


Plan your study session or finish up your research paper at the ECC Library (Building C) on December  4 and get a bonus–free pancakes! The library is also open until 10:00 p.m.

When you need a break, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and coffee dinner from 8-10 p.m. in the Jobe Lounge (Building B), sponsored by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development.

Building B and the F Building Computer labs will also be open until 10 p.m.


For faculty (and students): Interlibrary Loan


Photo via Meme Maker

What is Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.


10 Tips for keeping your items (and you!) safe

100px-Australia_road_sign_R3-2.svgIn honor of National Cyber Security Month, we thought we would do a post on safety.

When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention.  Here are 10 tips to help keep your stuff safe and private in the library and online:


  1. Keep personal items with you at all times,even when just going to the printer or restroom.  This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
  2. Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
  3. Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
  4. Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff.  Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
  5. For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777.  For non-emergencies, call X-7778.


6. Strong password strategies (try Diceware or 1Password). Easy passwords equals easy access!

7. Secure your text and calling options: if you don’t have an Apple device, look for online software and apps that can encrypt your information.

8. Update software: often your updates contain critical patches for security issues. Do this regularly!

9. Use a browser that allows you to be anonymous. Tor Browser is one such option.


10. Pay attention at all times to your surroundings.  Don’t be glued to your screen but rather make sure you are keeping physical space and virtual space as private as you can.

ECC has a website devoted to safety issues, including weather, fire, and lockdown procedures.  See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.

*Some of the online tips providing by the Library Journal article on Protecting Patron Privacy.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Banned Books Week: September 24-30, 2017

Banned books 2017
Photo via http://www.

Words Have Power.

How do we know that words have power? These quotes are just an example:

There is only one way to avoid criticism: 
do nothing
say nothing
and be nothing.–Aristotle

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.–Winston Churchill

One day or day one. Your choice. –Anonymous, various

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.– Mark Twain

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing permanent except change.–Heraclitus

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.– Goethe

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.— Thomas Jefferson

There are no facts, only interpretations.– Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.– Tom Magliozzi 

What’s being challenged?  See this video from the American Libraries Association or check out the list of Top 10 Challenged Books.  According to the American Libraries Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, there was a 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016.*


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Want to continue the conversation or learn more?

Follow on social media @BannedBooksWeek or on Facebook. Use the hashtags #WordsHavePower or see this site to become a #RebelReader.

Search in your local library catalog or at the ECC library for the following Subjects, or do a keyword search on banned books here:

Prohibited Books
Challenged Books
Banned Books Week

*Source: Jacoby, M. (2017). Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read. BannedBooks.org. Retrieved from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/12963 
 —Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Jana Porter

Solar Eclipse: Fast Facts

When? August 21

What time? For our area, the eclipse will peak at 1:18:28 pm CDT, when the moon obscures 86.9% of the sun.

What is a solar eclipse?


Graphic courtesy of the  Exploratorium


Check your zip code for when the eclipse will happen in your area and what it will look like.

What do I need to view it? Be safe with this NASA guide!

For more information:

NPR: Here’s What you Need to Know about the Total Solar Eclipse
NASA: Who, What, Where, When, How
Weather.gov : Path of Totality
MIT News: Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse Q&A with Richard Binzel

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian, with contributions from Stacey Shah, Distance Learning Librarian