ECC Library FAQs

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How do I get a library card?

5177 views   |   Last updated on Sep 27, 2023    faculty circulation library cards library privileges

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


Can I access the library databases from off-campus?

4756 views   |   Last updated on Sep 27, 2023    faculty circulation databases library privileges

Students, faculty and staff may access the databases and eBooks off-campus with their AccessECC ID and password. The exception is Boundless; you need to register your Student ID barcode to access that database. ... read more


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

3619 views   |   Last updated on May 22, 2023    databases reference

The two databases below will provide a good starting point for exploring the pros/cons of a topic. If you topic is history related, try Issues & Controversies in History. Opposing Viewpoints Issues & Controversies   ... read more


Is there a quiet study area?

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Generally, the 2nd floor of the library is the Quiet floor. You also have access to study rooms as noted below. Study rooms in the library cannot be reserved; they are “checked out” on a first come, first served basis for three-hour increments.  Other potential spaces to study on campus: Building B-First Floor 16 tables by the Jobe Lounge B-180 & B-181 (Community and Heritage rooms)-multiple t... read more


How much does printing cost?

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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


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

2987 views   |   Last updated on Aug 11, 2021    circulation databases library privileges

Database and eBook 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


Where is the ECC Library located?

2690 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)

2613 views   |   Last updated on May 22, 2023    interlibrary loan faculty reference

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. Please note that our website has changed but the instructions for finding the Interlibrar... read more


When does my library card expire?

2606 views   |   Last updated on May 22, 2023    circulation 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 10/12/2021, your ID AND your library card will expire on 10/12/2024.  ... read more


Who can use the computers in the library?

2471 views   |   Last updated on May 22, 2023    circulation computers library privileges

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.  Internet, word processing and networked software are available. Downloading of programs is prohibited. Students are advised to bring a flash drive to the library if they will need to save... read more


Does the library have color printing?

2421 views   |   Last updated on Aug 10, 2022    photocopiers printing

Color copies are available for $.20 cents/side. Copies can be paid for with cash. See the Student Lab Aide for assistance. Black and white copies are $.15 cents/side. ... read more


How do I find the PsycArticles database?

2397 views   |   Last updated on Aug 10, 2022    databases reference

To search for psychology articles in the PsycArticles database: Go to the library website. Click on Articles. 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?

2372 views   |   Last updated on Aug 10, 2022    faculty 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


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

2365 views   |   Last updated on May 22, 2023    circulation library cards library privileges

If your Student ID is expired, then your library card is expired. You can obtain a new Student ID from Student Life if you are a current student. If you have questions about using your Student ID/Library card beyond the expiration date, please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337. ... read more


What is ECC Library's address?

2359 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


What is ECC Library's phone number?

2348 views   |   Last updated on Aug 11, 2021    contact us circulation faculty reference

Refer to the website for up to date information on hours and closures. Circulation Desk (847) 214-7337 Reference Desk (847) 214-7354  Interlibrary Loan (847) 214-7354   ... read more


What is ECC Library's email address?

2324 views   |   Last updated on Jan 04, 2017    contact us faculty

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


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

2295 views   |   Last updated on Aug 10, 2022    interlibrary loan databases faculty reference

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 Publication Finder for the journal title. Articles may also be available through Interlibrary Loan.   ... read more


How long is my library card good?

2291 views   |   Last updated on May 22, 2023    circulation 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 10/12/2021, your ID AND your library card will expire on 10/12/2024.  ... read more


Can I type a paper in the library?

2254 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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