ECC Library FAQs

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Can I access the library databases from off-campus?

1137 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    library privileges databases

Students, faculty and staff may access the databases off-campus with a current library card. ... read more


How do I get a library card?

815 views   |   Last updated on Dec 15, 2015    library privileges library cards

Students: 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.  If you don't have the Student Picture ID card, you will need to bring an ID with your name and current address on it.   District residents (18 years of age or older): Bring a current ID with your name and address to the Circulation Desk to ge... read more


When does my library card expire?

591 views   |   Last updated on Dec 14, 2015    library cards

Your Student ID serves as your library card.  Your library card will expire when your student ID expires.  For example, if your ID was issued on 10/12/2015, your ID AND your library card will expire on 10/12/2018. Please stop by the Circulation Desk with your Student ID to activate your ID for the first time. ... read more


Can I use the library databases if I am not a student?

545 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    library privileges databases

Database Access is available on-campus to everyone. However, only registered students, faculty and staff may access the databases off-campus with a current library card. ... read more


How much does printing cost?

544 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    printing computers

Currently the library has two networked black and white laser printers available for student use. The library does not charge for printing but does limit printing to 15 pages. When a Student Lab Aide is unavailable, please see the librarian at the Reference Desk or staff at the Circulation Desk.... read more


Does the Library have Wi-Fi access?

484 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    computers

Yes, wireless access is available for anyone who wishes to bring their own laptop or mobile device. Electronic devices that allow WiFi connectivity such as a laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet can connect to 'hotspots' in the library to gain Internet access. An e-mail address is required or AccessECC username and password is available for log-in. The library staff is not able to troubleshoot p... read more


Is there a quiet study area?

454 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    study rooms

The second floor of the library is a quieter area. The library also has small group study rooms and a large Reading Room for more private study. Study rooms CANNOT be reserved.  See this blog post for study room amenities and rules.  To check out a key to a study room, see the staff at the Circulation Desk. ... read more


I need to do research on the pros and cons of a subject. Where can I start? (click for video)

445 views   |   Last updated on Nov 28, 2016    databases

Go to the library's webpage http://library.elgin.edu Click on Article Databases Click on "O" Click on Opposing Viewpoints in Context Click in the white box and type in your Search   ... read more


Where is the ECC Library located?

440 views   |   Last updated on Dec 08, 2016    faculty contact us

The Academic Library and Learning Resources Center is located in Building C. Short term parking is located just outside the Library's front entrance. Campus maps and driving directions ... read more


My barcode on my student ID says it has expired. Can I still use it as my library card?

414 views   |   Last updated on Dec 14, 2015    library privileges library cards

If your Student ID is expired, then your library card is expired.  If you have questions about using your Student ID/Library card beyond the expiration date, please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu. ... read more


Who can use the computers in the library?

412 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    library privileges computers

Student Network Computers are located in the center of the first and second floor of the library and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, priority is given to students doing academic work. Additionally, there is a Quiet Lab open for students adjacent to the first floor computer lab.  Internet, word processing and networked software are available. Downloading of programs is p... read more


How do I find the PsycArticles database?

411 views   |   Last updated on Dec 21, 2015    databases

To search for psychology articles in the PsycArticles database: Go to the website http://library.elgin.edu Click on Article Databases Click on "P" Click on PsycArticles Type in your search and click on Search.     ... read more


What if the library doesn't subscribe to the periodical I need? (click for video)

406 views   |   Last updated on Nov 28, 2016    interlibrary loan databases

Articles from the periodicals may be available on one of our online subscription databases. The reference librarians can assist you in determining which databases may include the periodical you need.  You can also check our Full Text  Finder for the journal title. Articles may also be available through Interlibrary Loan.   ... read more


Does the library have color printing?

399 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    printing photocopiers

Color prints may be sent to the color copiers for $.10/page. See the Student Lab Aide for assistance. When a Student Lab Aide is unavailable, please see the librarian at the Reference Desk or staff at the Circulation Desk.... read more


How long is my library card good?

387 views   |   Last updated on Dec 14, 2015    library cards

Your Student ID serves as your library card.  Your library card will expire when your student ID expires.  For example, if your ID was issued on 10/12/2015, your ID AND your library card will expire on 10/12/2018. Please stop by the Circulation Desk with your Student ID to activate your ID for the first time. ... read more


What if the library doesn't have a book or article that I need? (click for video)

385 views   |   Last updated on Nov 28, 2016    interlibrary loan

We will request the material from another library, called Interlibrary Loan, and it will be sent to the ECC Library for you to pick up. In most cases, there is no charge and the material is generally here within a week to ten days. If the other library assigns a charge, we will contact you before ordering it.   ... read more


What is ECC Library's email address?

373 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    contact us

Circulation Desk: circdesk@elgin.edu Reference Desk: libref@elgin.edu... read more


What is ECC Library's phone number?

366 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    contact us

Circulation Desk (847) 214-7337 Reference Desk (847) 214-7354 Interlibrary Loan (847) 214-7354... read more


Can I type a paper in the library?

365 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    computers

The student network computers include Microsoft Office which has Word. To access Word, go to the Start menu, choose Programs, click on Microsoft Office and then select Word. Please see the Student Lab Aide for Assistance. If a Student Lab Aide is unavailable, please see the librarian at the Reference Desk or staff at the Circulation Desk.... read more


What is ECC Library's address?

363 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2016    contact us

Renner Academic Library and Learning Resources Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin Elgin, Illinois 60123 USA... read more


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