COD Library Blog

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Thanksgiving CranberriesThe Library will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 29, for Thanksgiving Break. We will also close early at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

See the Library hours page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

Repair, Modify, Tinker & Jailbreak - New Fair Use Protections issued by Librarian of Congress

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Victory for Users: Librarian of Congress Renews and Expands Protections for Fair Uses

Unlock Blue.pngThe new rules for exemptions to copyright's DRM-circumvention laws were issued today, and the Librarian of Congress has granted much of what EFF asked for over the course of months of extensive briefs and hearings. The exemptions we requested—ripping DVDs and Blurays for making fair use remixes and analysis; preserving video games and running multiplayer servers after publishers have abandoned them; jailbreaking cell phones, tablets, and other portable computing devices to run third party software; and security research and modification and repairs on cars—have each been accepted, subject to some important caveats.



A Magic Wall of Best Sellers and More

Magic WallThe COD Library has popular e-books and downloadable audiobooks!

The COD Library has a large collection of popular fiction, graphic novels, biographies, humor and more-- all available through Axis360. The Axis360 collection features a wide variety of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks that you can enjoy for free on Android, Apple, Kindle, Nook and Windows devices.

Getting started with Axis360 is easy! Just download a free app from the Axis360 AppZone and use your COD Library card to checkout e-books and audiobooks from the Library’s Magic Wall. You can keep titles on your device for up to 21 days. We’re adding best sellers and new releases to our collection regularly-- bookmark the Magic Wall and look for Just Added titles, New Releases and Staff Picks.

For more information about device compatibility, installing apps, downloading titles and more, visit the Axis360 Help page.


You can have 2 items checked out at any time.

The default loan period is 14 days, but you can check out books and audiobooks for up to 21 days at a time.

Yes! Learn how to return materials from your specific device at

Yes! If an e-book or audiobook is already checked out, you can request a hold. When that title becomes available, you will receive an email notifying you that your hold item is available for checkout. For more information about holds, see the Axis360 Help page. Search Axis Help for placing holds using your specific device.

Yes-- if no one else has the title on hold, you can renew items from the COD Library’s Axis360 page. For more information on renewing items, see the Axis360 Help page “How to renew a title.”

You will need a PC or mobile device to be able to download and read or listen to a digital title from Axis 360. Visit the COD Library’s Axis 360 App Zone to download a reader for your PC or mobile device.

Axis360 is compatible with many popular e-book readers, audio players and operating systems. For a complete list see the Axis360 Device Compatibility page.

Digital Tattoo Workshop

Digital tattoo logoAs part of the Library's SOS Workshop series, a free "Digital Tattoo " workshop will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 12 noon, in Library classroom SRC 2025.

Much like a real tattoo, the content you post online is seen by more people and stays around longer than you imagine. Attend this session to learn how to manage your “digital tattoo.” Topics covered will include online privacy, security, digital ethics and digital citizenship.

Room SRC 2025 is on the Library's main level. The session lasts about an hour. No signup required.

New Open Access Math Journal

Dr. Timothy Gowers, winner of the Fields Medal in 1998, has just announced plans to start Discrete Analysis, an open access mathematics journal. The journal will be hosted on arXiv, and initially, publishing in it will be free, as the journal is being funded by a grant from Cambridge University. When the grants run out, publishing is expected to cost far less than the typical open access article, due to the hosting on arXiv: according to Dr Gowers, it'll cost the price of a "couple of beers."

Questions? Here's more information.


The Walking Dead Psychology Book Signing

The Walking Dead Psychology book coverCome to the Library on between 9 am and 12 noon on Monday, Oct. 12, for a free The Walking Dead Psychology book signing given by author Patrick O'Connor, a COD alum and adjunct professor.

About the book:

The characters of The Walking Dead live in a desolate post-apocalyptic world, filled with relentless violence and death. In reality, how would such never-ending trauma affect the psyche? By understanding the psychological forces that drive the series' action, fans can better grasp this compelling fictional universe. In 19 chapters from a range of esteemed contributors, this book addresses these and many other questions in a way sure to fascinate the millions of passionate readers and viewers.

Author bio:

Dr. Patrick O’Connor is a College of DuPage alum and adjunct professor of psychology at COD. In addition to writing on geek culture and psychology, he also frequently presents at major conventions, including San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, C2E2, Chicago Comic Con, PAX East, and more.

More information:

To find out more about Zombies, see the Library's Zombie Research Guide.

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!