Does the Library have my textbook?

At the beginning of the semester we have many students coming to the Library searching for textbooks and other curriculum materials. Here are few things for students and faculty to keep in mind about what the Library can and cannot offer:

  • The Library does not purchase and circulate textbooks in conjunction with course offerings. Certain textbooks may incidentally be in our collection, but this is fairly uncommon. If we do happen to have a textbook being used in a current class, there will most likely be only one circulating copy.
  • Textbooks can occasionally be available from two other sources: I-Share or ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan.
    • I-Share is a collection of university and college libraries in the state of Illinois that have agreed to share their books with each other. Many libraries in I-Share have restrictions on lending out textbooks so requests for them can be slow to fulfill or even be denied. Learn more about Requesting I-Share items found through WorldCat.
    • ILLiad Interlibrary Loan is for books that are unavailable through I-Share. Interlibrary Loan is a system that allows students to borrow books from libraries all over the world. Requests for books in this system may take much longer and in fact, there is no guarantee that a textbook will be delivered. In addition, each lending library has its own loan period policy. Learn more on requesting books from ILLiad Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat.
  • If your teacher has informed you that curriculum materials are on course reserve, those items will be available for pickup from the circulation desk. More information on course reserve can be found here.
  • Reach out to your teaching faculty and let them know they can place items on course reserve at the library for limited use. If they are interested in submitting materials for course reserve they can visit Special Services for Faculty & Staff.

If you have any questions, please stop by the reference desk on the 1st floor or call us at 773-442-4410.

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Library information for University Center of Lake County students

A new library research guide has been created for NEIU students taking classes at the University Center of Lake County. Please visit this page for information regarding NEIU services, requesting books and articles, ID cards, printing, and getting in touch with your subject librarian.

University Center of Lake County Library Research Guide


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New digital collection covering the history of NEIU available online

We are pleased to announce the debut of a new collection of digitized archival materials. Campus History – Selected Text and Images highlights items from the University Archives covering the history of NEIU from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Included are items documenting campus construction, student life, and visits to campus by prominent public figures. These items originate from photographic prints, student published periodicals, and two monographs published by the University.

Students Posing

This collection is NEIU’s first contribution to the CARLI Digital Collections repository. Over the coming years we hope to publish several more digital collections on a variety of topics. Stay tuned!


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Book Discussion and Closing Celebration

Dreams of Trespass & Closing Celebration
Thursday, July 24th, 5:30-7PM
Lower Level Classroom, Library

The fifth and final event in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series will be on the book Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. The discussion will be led by NEIU English Professor Alicia Erian who, as a well-published author, offers a unique writer’s perspective.

Join us for food, discussion, and celebration. All are welcome.

To sign up for the event, click here.

For more information, contact:
Kimberly Shotick
Muslim Journeys Program Director 
Voice: 773-442-4415


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Learn: Photoshop, Audacity, Excel, Access, CSS, Java, Captivate, and much more!

The Ronald Williams now offers access to, an online training website.  Learn how to use software, gain business and creative skills, and learn much more using easy-to-follow video tutorials.  Access to is offered at a reservable workstation in the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) on the Library’s 3rd floor.

To request a reservation or view the availability calendar, visit

The computer is available for up to two-hour reservations. Reservations may be made up to one month in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, if the computer is available.  See the computer reservation calendar for availability. The MLRC lab is for the use of faculty, staff, students, and alumni and the Blue & Gold level or higher.

Presented by the Multimedia Learning Resource Center, a specialized multimedia lab located on the 3rd floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Please contact us at or (773) 442-4415 if you have any questions.


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Café Descartes now open in the Library

The Library is proud to announce that the new Café Descartes is now open for business on the first floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Café Descartes will provide the same menu of beverages and pastries that is currently available in Village Square. The Café will be open during regular library hours, including nights and weekends. Our new café space also offers comfortable seating and a new popular reading collection of books and magazines. Stop by for a cup of your favorite beverage and some delicious pastries!

Cafe Descartes logo

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Chang Liu solo exhibition

From April 19th through May 2nd, 2014, the Library is hosting a solo exhibition from artist Chang Liu entitled “GO TO THE BALCONY.”

Artist Liu Chang

Liu is an art student from Northeastern University in Shenyang China who came to NEIU as an exchange student in 2013.  The exhibition contains a mix of paintings and sculptures and is located in the Library’s first floor gallery space.


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End of semester announcments

The Library will be open for extended hours from April 21 – May 8

• Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 12 midnight
• Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Recess hours will be in effect from May 9 – 15

• Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday-Sunday, CLOSED

The Library returns to regular hours on May 16

• Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Students: All library materials are due back by on the due date that is listed in your library account here. You may contact the Circulation Desk at 773-442-4400 if you have any questions regarding your library account or any items you have borrowed. Please clear your library fines and/or fees before the semester ends to prevent any holds on your account which can potentially cause issues with future semester enrollments, transcripts, etc.

Other important reminders:

If you lose your University ID and issued a new one please stop by the Circulation Desk in the Main Library or CCICS so that we can update your library account.

If you are returning for the fall semester but not taking classes during the summer you can still use the library. We have extended your patron account through the summer.

Again, feel free to contact the Circulation Desk at or at 773-442-4400 if you have any questions about your library account or the information above. Live chat with our Reference staff is also available from our home page or you may call them at 773-442-4410.

Thanks to all, enjoy the summer and congratulations to our new graduates!

NEIU Spring Commencement 2011

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Long Night Against Procrastination

The Ronald Williams Library, the Learning Support Center, and the Center for Academic Writing invite NEIU students to come to the:

Long Night Against Procrastination
Tuesday, April 22
7:00pm to Midnight
Ronald Williams Library, Fourth Floor

Writing tutors, math tutors (for 090- and 100-level courses), and a Reference Librarian will be available for walk-in sessions from 7:00pm until midnight. Come and take advantage of late-night support to battle end-of-the-semester procrastination. Free coffee and snacks will also be available.

Click here to see the flyer. We look forward to seeing you all Tuesday night!

Long Night Against Procrastination

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Money Smart Week 2014

NEIU is participating in the Chicago Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week 2014 this year from April 7-11. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. NEIU’s online calendar of Money Smart Week events can be found here.

Participate in the Money Smart Hunt, a FREE nationwide photojournalistic scavenger hunt promoting financial literacy! Points are awarded for attending Money Smart Week 2014 @NEIU events. For more information and official rules about the hunt, please visit

Money Smart Week 2014 @NEIU is sponsored by:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The College of Business and Management
  • The Ronald Williams Library
  • Trio Support Services


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