COD Library Blog

Chemistry Now Videos


The NSF, NBC, and NSTA have worked together on a set of videos called "Chemistry Now."

The videos, which began in 2011 and run through each school year, explain basic chemistry, with titles ranging from "The Chemistry of Salt" to "Chance Discoveries: Cellophane" and "Chemistry of Changing Leaves." Videos tend to range from 4 to 6 minutes long and are built for a popular audience.

There is also a series of biographical profiles of current scientists explaining their work titled "21st Century Scientist." Current profiles include scientists working on nanotechnology, tuberculosis, origami chemistry, and green fuel.

Want to know more about science resources, both government created and library-oriented? Contact me.

Happy viewing!


Welcome from the Director

blake walterWelcome to the fall semester of 2015 at the College of DuPage Library!

For anyone who is a new student, a new staff member, or a new faculty member, your most important first step to accessing the library will be to bring your photo ID to the circulation desk in the library so it can be activated. Once your ID is activated, you will have access not only to all the resources within the COD Library, but also to the combined resources of the state-wide I-Share consortium.

Have you been away from campus for a semester or two, but now you are returning to take more classes? You should also check with the circulation staff to make sure your ID is still activated.

Whether you are looking for course textbooks on reserve, assistance with connecting to campus technology, suggestions for how to start your research, or a group study room, the staff and librarians at the COD Library will help you with all these things and many more. We are dedicated to helping you succeed, so please stop in the library to find out what we have available.

On behalf of everyone at the College of DuPage Library, I wish you the very best for the semester ahead.

Blake Walter
Associate Dean, Learning Resources
Library Director
College of DuPage Library

SmartPrint @COD

SmartPrint logoThe Library's old printing system has been replaced by SmartPrint, a new web-based system that allows you to easily manage your print jobs in the Library and elsewhere at COD.

Highlights include:

  • No more print cards
  • Pay with cash or credit/debits cards
  • Web-based account management at
  • Scan documents and send them directly your e-mail accounts
  • You can print from your own device (laptop, phone, tablet)
  • You can exchange your old Library print cards and credit for new SmartPrint credit (up until Fall 2016)

Quick facts:

  • The Library has four Black & White printers, two Black & White copiers, and one Color printer/copier
  • Printers are set to print double-sided by default
  • Letter size black and white single-side price is $0.05/page
  • Letter size black and white duplex price is $0.09/sheet
  • Letter size color price is $0.17/page

Getting started:

Download detailed instructions here

  • Visit and use your myACCESS login credentials to create an online account.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the “Add Funds” link displayed next to your account balance. The minimum amount for an online transaction is $5.
  • At the print release stations, students use their myACCESS login credentials to view and release their documents.
Community Users
  • Create a guest account by going to
  • Once there, use the “I am a guest” link in the lower left-hand corner of the login page to create the account
  • Use your personal e-mail account to complete the registration process.
  • Log into the Smart Print system using the e-mail address and password used to create your account

Printing from Your Own Device

Smart Print enables everyone to print from laptops, phones, or tablets on the go. To submit a print job, COD students and Faculty/Staff members need to email their documents to [email protected] or [email protected] from their COD accounts.

For community users, the recipients are the same. Community members just need to remember to send files from the personal e-mail address connected to your SmartPrint account.
All users can use the cash kiosk in the Library Print Center to add money to accounts using paper money (coins not accepted). The kiosk will not provide change. The minimum amount of fund that can be added using the cash kiosk is $1.

For more information, stop by the Library Print Center or call us at (630) 942-2671.

Interim Hours & Closings, July 31 - Aug. 23

ClockBetween the Summer and Fall semesters, the Library will be closed on the 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, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 3 - Thursday, Aug. 6: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 7, Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 10 - Friday, Aug. 14: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 17 - Friday, Aug. 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 23: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 24: 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!

Free E-Book of the Month

The UCP free e-book for July is "Doña Barbara" by Rómulo Gallegos. 9780226279206.jpeg
From the University of Chicago Press:

"Following the epic struggle between two cousins for an estate in Venezuela, Doña Barbara is an examination of the conflict between town and country, violence and intellect, male and female. Doña Barbara is a beautiful and mysterious woman—rumored to be a witch—with a ferocious power over men. When her cousin Santos Luzardo returns to the plains in order to reclaim his land and cattle, he reluctantly faces off against Doña Barbara, and their battle becomes simultaneously one of violence and seduction. All of the action is set against the stunning backdrop of the Venezuelan prairie, described in loving detail. Gallegos’s plains are filled with dangerous ranchers, intrepid cowboys, and damsels in distress, all broadly and vividly drawn. A masterful novel with an important role in the inception of magical realism, Doña Barbara is a suspenseful tale that blends fantasy, adventure, and romance."

Download it right now and enjoy this classic novel from Venezuela this weekend!


What will you read this weekend?

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Between the grilling and the fireworks, take some time this Fourth of July weekend to curl up with a good book. And if you make it an e-book, you don't have to worry about getting sand between the pages when you visit the beach.

COD Library's Axis360 collection features dozens of new titles including Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance: An Investigation, Mat Johnson's Loving Day, Nell Zink's Mislaid and The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel.

Whether you're looking for a memoir (H by Helen Macdonald), narrative nonfiction (Dead Wake by Erik Larson), or a Gillian Flynn-style thriller (Jessica Knoll's debut Luckiest Girl Alive), you're sure to find the page turner to match your summer reading style.

Retractions in the News

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The New York Times has recently published Science Under Scrutiny, discussing the rising tide of journal article retractions and its cause. While the article focuses on one particular case-- the retraction of Michael LaCour's political science article, originally published in Science-- it also interviews the heads of Retraction Watch and discusses PubPeer.


Student Volunteers Needed: Shape the Future of COD's Online Learning

Hey, students--shape the future of the College's online teaching and learning!


If you have ever completed an online course at COD, we want you to test out 3 online learning platforms:

  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Desire2Learn

Then give your opinion of what online learning should be by participating in:

  • Surveys
  • Roundtable Talks
  • An Interview

Complete the whole program, you'll get:

  • Gift cards
  • Free food


  • Thursday, June 18 12-2pm (w/ free lunch!)
  • BIC 3401

Learn more here:

System Downtime, June 12 - June 15

System outageBeginning Friday, June 12, at 5 pm, the COD Library will be part of a state-wide library system upgrade that will affect many of our online services. Until the end of the upgrade process on Monday, June 15 at 8 am, the Library's catalog search tools, Library databases (from off-campus), and I-Share services will be unavailable. This means you will not be able to search the catalog, use databases from off-campus, or place I-Share requests.

However, Library in-person services will remain available including access to databases on-campus, reference services, and in-person checkout (you must have your Library card or student ID with you to check items out).

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have questions about this downtime, please stop by the Reference Desk, call us at (630) 942-3364, or Ask A Librarian.