COD Library Blog

Make an Appointment with a Librarian

LaptopSleep_Consult.jpgDon't spend hours on what a librarian can help you with in minutes!
Starting this semester, COD students, faculty and staff may schedule one-on-one appointments with librarians for help with research and using the Library's resources - just look for the sign-up button throughout the Library website.

For more information, visit

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Interim Hours & Closings, Aug. 5 - Aug. 21

ClockBetween the Summer and Fall semesters, the Library will be closed on weekends and have reduced hours during the week.

Here is a full listing of our hours and closings until the start of the Fall semester:

  • Friday, Aug. 5, Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 8 - Thursday, Aug. 11: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 15 - Friday, Aug. 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 22: Normal hours resume

For more information, see the Library's Hours & Closings page.

Have a safe and restful break and get ready for the Fall!

NoodleBib/NoodleTools Unavailable July 14 - July 17

Noodle Tools logoNoodleTools developers are applying a new interface and launching a new support website for NoodleTools/NoodleBib this weekend. During this upgrade, NoodleTools will be offline. The outage will run from Thursday, July 15th, through Sunday evening, July 17th. Please plan accordingly if you use NoodleTools for citation formatting and management. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Questions? Call the Library Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364.

Changes to Services for District Residents

Services for district residentsAs an academic library, the COD Library's central mission is to provide information services to our college community of students, faculty, and staff. We also gladly offer allowable services and resources as a courtesy to the residents of District 502.
As of July 1, 2016, services provided to District Residents include:

  • Reference services in person, phone, via email, and chat.
  • Access to COD Library's book and video collections.
  • Due to the current licensing environment and standards, we are no longer able to provide remote access to electronic collections, including databases, e-books, and streaming media; but District residents may continue to access these resources on campus and at regional center locations.
  • The same restrictions prohibit the Library from requesting magazine, journal, and newspaper articles through Interlibrary loan for District residents, but residents may now receive up to 40 books per academic year through interlibrary loan.
  • Participation in the SOS workshop series.

As always, our reference staff is available to provide assistance with the use of Library resources. You can view our full District Residents policies here.

If you have questions, please contact Interim Associate Dean Jennifer McIntosh at: [email protected] .

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Wealth Engine update

Wealth Engine logo_fixed.pngWealth Engine access had been discontinued as of June 3rd. We apologize for the short notice. At this time, the Library does not have an alternative database for doing individual prospect research. However, Forefront (formerly Donors Forum) offers on-site access to both NOZA and Research Point in their library. For more information about what NOZA is, please see Forefront's tutorial at

Internet Explorer & Library Resources

IE.png If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer as your web browser, please be notified that versions 8 and 9 of this browser are not supported by some of our main database providers because of security issues. We recommend that IE users switch to Firefox, Chrome, or Safari when using Library resources. Please contact Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian, if you have questions: [email protected]

System Downtime, Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5

System downAccess to the Library catalog and Library databases will experience periodic interruptions between 8 pm on Saturday, June 4, and 11 am, Sunday, June 5, while system infrastructure is upgraded. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

D-Day Book Display

D-Day invasionJune 6 marks the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. This event is commonly considered the turning point of the War in Europe, which eventually led to Allied victory in Western Europe. To mark this anniversary, the Library has compiled a collection of D-Day books and videos and put them on display on the upper level of the Library near the upper Circulation Desk. All of these items are available for checkout.

To learn more about D-Day and its impact on history, have a look at our D-Day Research guide.

Reserve a Group Study Room

COD students can now book Library group study rooms for groups of 2-12 people up to one week in advance! Just look for the green "Reserve a Group Study Room" button on the LIbrary's homepage, choose your desired date, group size and see available time slots. Choose your desired times, enter a valid COD e-mail address, and submit your booking!

You can book rooms up to 2 hours a day and 5 times a week. After submitting your booking, you'll receive a confirmation message in your COD email. You can use the link provided in this message to cancel your booking if needed. Book your room now!

Here's the fine print:

  • Group study room keys are checked out at the upper level Circulation Desk.
  • Two or more people in your group must check out the room in person.
  • Covered beverages are allowed. Food is not allowed.
  • All group study rooms are equipped with whiteboards, electrical outlets, and coat hooks and have access to the College's public wireless network.
  • The Circulation Desk has dry erase markers, cables and adapters available for checkout.
  • Laptops are available for checkout from the Computing Services and Printing Support (CSPS) area.
  • For questions about group study rooms contact Library Circulation Services at (630) 942-2106.