COD Library Blog

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.

Climate Change in the Midwest

Often, reports on climate change focus on far away locations such as the Arctic or even the East Coast. Want to know how climate change is projected to impact local areas? Check out the following sources:


System Downtime, Saturday, May 21

System downPlease note the Library catalog and database access will be unavailable on Saturday, May 21st from 4:00 am - 12 noon, while network maintenance is performed. We cannot predict if the outages will be brief interruptions or extended downtime during the 4 am - 12 noon period. All services should return to normal by 12 noon.

DOAJ to remove 3300 journals

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In response to quality and reliability concerns in open access journal publishing, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) required journal publishers to re-apply for inclusion in the Directory. As of this month, publishers of 3300 open access journals did not re-apply and their publications will be removed from DOAJ. What does this mean for researchers and librarians? The DOAJ is now a more reliable resource for quality open access journals. Although it is now a much smaller collection, the review process has become more stringent and its content can be used more confidently than in the past. Read more about this news from the DOAJ here.


Extended Study Hours: May 8 - May 19

Extended hoursTo help you prepare for the end of the Spring semester, the Library will have extended hours from May 8 through May 19. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, May 8: Noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 9: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, May 13: (Normal hours) 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 14: (Normal hours) 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 15: Noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 16: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 18: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 19: 7:30 am - 11 pm

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Silent Computer Lab Opens

Need a quiet space to work on a paper, or do research? The Library has opened room 2030 as a silent computer lab for the last two weeks of normal classes. The lab will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, from now until May 20.

To get to the computer lab, head to the second floor of the SRC. The lab is just behind the stairs to the third level. You'll be able to print to the normal library printers as well.

Struggling to find sources for your projects or to figure out how to narrow your topic, or just have a general question? Head to the library reference desks on each floor of the library, email us, or chat.

Good luck with your classes!

Jump-Start Your Research

Try Credo Reference topic pages! Credo is a huge online collection of encyclopedias and other reference materials. The Topic Pages gather together encyclopedia entries, images, videos (when available), and also include a cool interactive mind map of each topic. Some of the topic pages even include links to related materials in open access book and journal collections. Have your library card ready to use Credo Reference from home.