Ronald Williams Day, October 10, 2014

Dr. Ronald WilliamsThe Library is commemorating October 10th as Ronald Williams Day in recognition of one of our most beloved and visionary University presidents.

October 10th, 1985 was designated as Ronald Williams Day by late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in honor of Dr. Williams, his work and legacy.

Dr. Ronald Williams’ served as president of Northeastern Illinois University from 1976 till his untimely death in 1985. During his tenure, Dr. Williams made significant efforts to improve the quality and accessibility to educational opportunities for First Generation College educated students. As he so well pointed out, “I want to stay here because my job represents an opportunity to develop a model of what an urban public university can be…they provide the vehicle for upward mobility”. It is a tribute to Dr. Williams that Northeastern Illinois University continues that tradition and commitment.

To commemorate the day this year, the Library Foundation has purchased a book in memory of Dr. Williams entitled “Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California” by Emily E. Straus. The book, along with other documents and photos of Dr. Williams are currently on display in the lobby of the Library.

For more information and/or resources on the life of Ronald Williams, please contact the University Archives.

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


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!


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

muslimjourneys now available in the MLRC

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.


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

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.


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

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

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