To celebrate National Library Week, here is a brief look at the evolution of the COD Library. The library opened along with the College of DuPage in 1967. In those 50 years, it has had three names: Instructional Resources Center – IRC (1967 – 1971), Learning Resource Center – LRC (1972 – 1996), and finally the Library (1997 – present). Since there was no permanent campus when the College opened its doors in 1967, the IRC was housed in the Glen Hill office complex in Glen Ellyn.
In 1969, when the temporary buildings on the west side of campus were completed, the IRC moved to J Building where it would remain until 1983. After being in the cramped quarters off-campus, the new home in J Building seemed quite spacious.
The IRC had what students needed to succeed and became a popular place.
Helpful materials reference consultants.
Cutting edge technology
16 mm film collection.
And of course...
A big change in the way the LRC operated took place in the 1980s. The card catalog, centerpiece of every library, was being replaced by a computer catalog.
For a while, the new computer catalogs existed side by side with the card catalog to ease the transition.
But eventually, the card catalog was dumped...
...and the computer catalog became the tool for finding material in the LRC.
In 1983, the Student Resource Center – SRC was built with space specifically designed for the LRC and another move was in store for the staff. This new space provided even more room and resources for students and faculty.
Instructional Microcomputer Lab.
Group Study Rooms.
The mid-1990s brought an expansion of the SRC building and the LRC as well.
Recently, the college updated many of the existing spaces on campus, and the Library underwent a major renovation. When the dust cleared in 2014, new spaces were created for our patrons.
The College of DuPage Library’s mission is to be an exemplary academic library that supports the educational goals and purposes of the college. Over the past 50 years, the college has grown both in enrollment and educational offerings. The Library has always responded to these changes by adding technology, materials, instruction, or spaces to support our students, faculty, and the community. Today, we remain strongly dedicated to continue serving our patrons with excellence in the future.