ECC Library FAQs

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Can I access the library databases from off-campus?

3506 views   |   Last updated on Jul 31, 2019    library privileges circulation faculty databases

Students, faculty and staff may access the databases and e-books off-campus with their AccessECC ID and password. ... read more


How do I get a library card?

3426 views   |   Last updated on Jan 04, 2021    library privileges library cards faculty circulation

All students and staff at ECC, as well as any residents (18 years or older) of our district (Community College District #509), are eligible for borrowing privileges. A physical ID is required to check out physical library materials (e.g. books, DVDs, etc.).  Once you get your ID from Student Life, you can to come to the Library Circulation Desk to register your barcode. You can also register onlin... read more


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

2360 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2017    reference 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


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

2017 views   |   Last updated on Aug 03, 2020    library privileges circulation databases

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY AT THIS TIME. Database and E-book access is available on-campus to everyone. However, only registered students, faculty and staff may access the databases off-campus using their AccessECC ID and password. ... read more


How much does printing cost?

1918 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


When does my library card expire?

1745 views   |   Last updated on Jan 04, 2021    library cards circulation

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 10/12/2019, your ID AND your library card will expire on 10/12/2022.  ... read more


Is there a quiet study area?

1697 views   |   Last updated on Apr 21, 2021    circulation study rooms

STUDY ROOMS AND STUDY AREAS (INCUDING THE 2nd FLOOR OF THE LIBRAR) ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME. Places to study on campus can be found here. 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... read more


Where is the ECC Library located?

1679 views   |   Last updated on Mar 22, 2018    contact us faculty

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


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

1543 views   |   Last updated on Aug 06, 2018    interlibrary loan reference faculty

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


How do I find the PsycArticles database?

1539 views   |   Last updated on Jun 18, 2020    reference databases

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


Does the Library have Wi-Fi access?

1523 views   |   Last updated on Jul 25, 2018    computers faculty

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


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

1521 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2017    interlibrary loan reference faculty 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


Who can use the computers in the library?

1516 views   |   Last updated on Aug 03, 2020    library privileges computers circulation

COMMUNITY BORROWERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO USE THE COMPUTERS AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID. 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.  Intern... read more


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

1511 views   |   Last updated on May 23, 2017    library privileges library cards circulation

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


Does the library have color printing?

1484 views   |   Last updated on Feb 13, 2020    printing photocopiers

Color copies are available for $.15 cents/side. Copies can be paid for with cash. See the Student Lab Aide for assistance. Black and white copies are $.10 cents/side. ... read more


What is ECC Library's address?

1484 views   |   Last updated on Aug 06, 2018    contact us faculty

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


How long is my library card good?

1469 views   |   Last updated on Jan 04, 2021    library cards circulation

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 10/12/2019, your ID AND your library card will expire on 10/12/2022.  ... read more


What is ECC Library's email address?

1451 views   |   Last updated on Jan 04, 2017    contact us faculty

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


What is ECC Library's phone number?

1424 views   |   Last updated on Aug 03, 2020    reference contact us circulation faculty

PLEASE NOTE WHEN THE COLLEGE IS CLOSED, THERE IS NO STAFFING OF THE PHONES. Refer to the website for up to date information. Circulation Desk (847) 214-7337 Reference Desk (847) 214-7354 (not available at this time) Interlibrary Loan (847) 214-7354   ... read more


Can I type a paper in the library?

1382 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


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