COD Library Blog

Explore Libraries around the World with Library Planet

Have you ever heard of library tourism? Library Planet explores libraries from around the world. Visit the site for amazing photos and stories--or to contribute photos of your own visit! This project is crowd-sourced and relies on content contribution from users.

You don't need to be a bookworm to appreciate Library Planet--the architecture alone is breathtaking. In addition to grand historic buildings, you can also peek inside smaller local libraries (This photo was taken at a library in Tanzania)

If you're interested in traveling beyond the world wide web, check out our general collection for up-to-date travel books for a variety of countries. We also have several Travel and Tourism databases. Need help locating a resource? You can always ask a librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

New & Improved Media Lab

Interior of the Media LabCheck out the major upgrades in the Library Media Lab!

Students now have access to:

  • an audio recording booth
  • a production studio with green screen and professional lighting
  • 10 creative workstations with all the software and tools needed to make quality digital content
  • photo quality printing
  • video and audio recording equipment for checkout
  • expert staff available over 80 hours a week to answer questions and provide guidance

Stop by and check out the new Media Lab today. Students can reserve equipment and workstations online at

Pre-Semester Test Prep

young-woman-man-studying-test-exam-tutor-books-wi-friends-students-campus-helps-friend-catching-up-95381367.jpgDo you have an exam or important test coming up in the next semester? The Library's Career and College Information Collection has a variety of exam guides, practice tests, and study aides.

You can also get a jump-start on your studying without leaving the couch! LearningExpress Library 3.0 provides study materials for most major tests, like the ACTs and NCLEX-RN. There's also a section for preparing for the Work Keys certifications--something we get a lot of questions about here at the Reference Desk.

To access this database remotely, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? You can always ask a librarian. We'd love to hear from you!


"Snail Mail" Still Matters!

Are you anxiously awaiting the last minute holiday gifts you ordered? Stop checking the mailbox and start checking out America's Mailing Industry website. This project is part of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and provides a complete history of the United States Postal Service, along with videos, fun facts, and old photographs. Did you know that on this day in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was created? If you don't believe me, ask the commemorative stamp! You can also go on a virtual tour of the museum and visit virtual exhibits.

Still looking for ways to pass the time over winter break? Even though the Library is closed next week, all COD cardholders still have access to our Overdrive e-book collection. Or, page through some of our blog posts to catch media and database recommendations you may have missed during the semester.

Hoovers replaced by Mergent Intellect

mergent.pngEffective December 14, 2018: Hoovers was sunsetted by its parent company and was replaced by Mergent Intellect. Mergent Intellect is a direct replacement for Hoovers. Use Mergent Intellect to find comprehensive company, industry, and market intelligence. It offers information on 12 million companies and provides in-depth coverage of 25,000 of the world's top business enterprises. Mergent Intellect also includes tools for building and downloading reports.
For more information, contact the Electronic Resources Librarian at or the Business librarian at

Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will have additional closings and reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 15 and Jan. 18.

The full list of closings and reduced hours is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 17 - Friday, Dec. 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 1: Closed
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Jan. 4: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 7 - Friday, Jan. 11: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 14: Closed for Library In-Service Activities
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Friday, Jan. 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 19: Regular Spring hours begin

Note the Library is also closed Monday, January 21, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Database Details You Can Use

study-hacks_0.jpgThe semester is almost over, and we're getting a lot of questions about how to access and search our databases from off-campus.

You'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from home. Don't have time to come in and turn your ID into a library card? You can fill out our online form (please keep in mind that this option has an estimated 24 hour turnaround time).

Struggling to log in? Check out our Database Access Help Page.

Looking for tips and tricks for an individual database? Many of our research guides include general search tips, as well as specific tools for certain databases like CINAHL and Science Direct.

Still have questions? You can ask a librarian via phone, email, or chat--or come visit us at the reference desk! (check our calendar to see when we're open).


Suspended Bologna, and Other Things to Freak Your Aunt Out

01ea911af9eb9384f66d46c114432419.jpgAre you looking for a recipe to wow your extended family? Or maybe you want to make sure you're never asked to bring a dish-to-pass again? Take a gander at Jell-O: America’s Most Famous Dessert: At Home Everywhere. Visit this site for amazing recipes, vintage art, and weird story submissions. The University Of Michigan has provided an extensive exhibit of all things Jello.

If this foray into culinary arts doesn't interest you, check out the COD Library catalog for cookbooks from every category. Ask a librarian for recommendations for your next meal!

Extended Study Hours: Dec. 2 - Dec. 13

extended study hourssTo help you prepare for the end of the Fall semester, the Library will have extended hours from Dec. 2 through Dec. 13. Here is a list of days with extended hours:

  • Sunday, Dec. 2: 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 3: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 6: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 7: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: 9 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 9:12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 13: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 14: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Rev Up Your Road Trip with Overdrive

Best-audio-books-app-for-Android-free-audiobook-player.jpgAre you traveling over Thanksgiving break? Whether you're driving across the state, or just along for the ride, we have resources to keep you entertained on your trek.

Overdrive provides e-books and electronic audiobooks via an easy-to-use app. Using your COD library card, you can download the latest popular fiction and non-fiction. You'll be able to pack light, and still hold a virtual library in your back pocket.

Questions about how to use the app? Check out our online guides, or ask a librarian!