COD Library Blog

Interim Hours & Closings, Aug. 4 - Aug. 20

ClockBetween our 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. 4, Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 7 - Thursday, Aug. 10: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 14 - Friday, Aug. 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 21: 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!

Popup Picks - Your unlimited source for free e-books!

PopupPicks (1).jpgDo you live in Illinois? Well, you are now the lucky recipient of unlimited access to curations of the best e-books from around the world and around the corner with Popup Picks! Thanks to RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), you can select from rotating collections of hand-curated award-winning SF, travel, humor, self-help, YA, graphic novels and more!

Current collections include:

  • Book Club Summer Reads
  • Girls Rule
  • On the Go
  • Recovering the Classics
  • Comics & Graphic Novels

Popup Picks is free and easy to use - no waitlists, no library card, no checkouts. Just head to Popup Picks , select a book, and start reading.

For more options (annotations, bookmarks, favorites list, access from outside IL) you can create a BiblioBoard Library profile or download the app from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

For more information visit

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Summer Reading - Paperbacks

SummerPaperbacks.JPGIs your next summer read in this stack of just-added paperbacks?

Browse our Paperback Collection for the perfect book to bring along with you anywhere you go! Paperbacks are small and lightweight -- ideal for tucking into a backpack, tote, or a full suitcase. We have titles for everyone, whether you're a fan of literary fiction, genre fiction, memoirs or popular nonfiction. And with the easy to use My Library Account, you can renew your books online and not worry about anything being overdue when you add an extra week to your vacation.

You can see our newest titles here:

Cheating on the Rise? Or Improved Methods of Detection?

exam (1).pngIn Sweden, college student suspensions as the result of cheating have increased by 37.5% since 2013. Are more Swedish students cheating or are instructors and administrators better prepared to identify cheaters?

In its review of 33 universities in Sweden, TT newswire found 733 students had been suspended due to cheating in 2016... [UKÄ Legal Advisor Pontus ] Kyrk thinks the increase is mainly due to increased awareness, and that universities have got better at catching cheaters.



Summer Reading - Audiobooks (& eBooks!)

504x504_SummerReading.png COD Library Audiobooks and eBooks can be your best companion on any summer outing! Take them to the beach, the pool, on cross-country roadtrips, or international flights - you literally have nothing to lose! Check out books from OverDrive and you won't have to worry about damp pages, sand in the binding or a book left behind in a hotel.

OverDrive is easy to use! Learn more at or try out one of our popular eBooks below.

Spring/Summer Break Hours & Closings

COD graduationThe Library will have a number of closings and reduced hours between the Spring and Summer semesters. Our schedule between May 20 and May 30 is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 20: Closed
  • Sunday, May 21: Closed
  • Monday, May 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 23: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 24: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 26: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 27: Closed
  • Sunday, May 28: Closed
  • Monday, May 29: Closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 30: Regular summer hours begin
  • Also note the Library is open from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm on Friday, June 2.

For more information, see the Library Hours & Closings page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

Prosecuting Term Paper Mills in Ireland

Coupon_Fryer.jpgIn his 2013 Times Higher Education article "Essay Mills: University Course Work to Order," David Matthews attempted to pin down the extent of the custom term paper industry in the United Kingdom. While the impact of term paper mills is clear, the scope of the problem is hard to quantify. As one researcher of the industry explained, "Asking how many custom-written essays are being bought and sold in the UK is a bit like asking 'how long is a piece of string?'.”

The problem persists internationally. Recently the Irish Minister for Education drafted legislation that would crack down on essay mills by making it an offense to sell custom essays to students. Read more about this proposed legislation in article New laws will prosecute firms that write essays for third level students


Cheating Season

criminal-with-stolen-computers.png Final exams are in full swing and academic cheaters are making the headlines from London to West Virginia.

Here are a few stories that show the lengths to which students have gone to cheat on high stakes exams.

Instructors can avoid these mishaps and more by taking simple test proctoring precautions. For more information visit the Academic Honesty Instructor Toolbox.


Silent Computer Lab Returns!

Silent computer labNeed a quiet space to finish thinking through a paper, presentation, or creation by the end of the semester? Head to our silent computer lab! Library classroom 2030 (the one just past the stairs to the 3rd floor of the SRC) is open Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm from now until the last day of finals. Stop on by to work in peace.

Need to get some questions answered to feel good about completing the project? Stop by one of our reference desks or schedule a reference appointment to talk with us.

Good luck with the end of the semester--summer awaits!