COD Library Blog

Interim Hours & Closings, July 31 - Aug. 23

ClockBetween the Summer and Fall semesters, the Library will be closed on the 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, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 3 - Thursday, Aug. 6: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 7, Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 10 - Friday, Aug. 14: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 17 - Friday, Aug. 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 23: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 24: 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!

Free E-Book of the Month

The UCP free e-book for July is "Doña Barbara" by Rómulo Gallegos. 9780226279206.jpeg
From the University of Chicago Press:

"Following the epic struggle between two cousins for an estate in Venezuela, Doña Barbara is an examination of the conflict between town and country, violence and intellect, male and female. Doña Barbara is a beautiful and mysterious woman—rumored to be a witch—with a ferocious power over men. When her cousin Santos Luzardo returns to the plains in order to reclaim his land and cattle, he reluctantly faces off against Doña Barbara, and their battle becomes simultaneously one of violence and seduction. All of the action is set against the stunning backdrop of the Venezuelan prairie, described in loving detail. Gallegos’s plains are filled with dangerous ranchers, intrepid cowboys, and damsels in distress, all broadly and vividly drawn. A masterful novel with an important role in the inception of magical realism, Doña Barbara is a suspenseful tale that blends fantasy, adventure, and romance."

Download it right now and enjoy this classic novel from Venezuela this weekend!


What will you read this weekend?

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Between the grilling and the fireworks, take some time this Fourth of July weekend to curl up with a good book. And if you make it an e-book, you don't have to worry about getting sand between the pages when you visit the beach.

COD Library's Axis360 collection features dozens of new titles including Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance: An Investigation, Mat Johnson's Loving Day, Nell Zink's Mislaid and The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel.

Whether you're looking for a memoir (H by Helen Macdonald), narrative nonfiction (Dead Wake by Erik Larson), or a Gillian Flynn-style thriller (Jessica Knoll's debut Luckiest Girl Alive), you're sure to find the page turner to match your summer reading style.

Retractions in the News

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The New York Times has recently published Science Under Scrutiny, discussing the rising tide of journal article retractions and its cause. While the article focuses on one particular case-- the retraction of Michael LaCour's political science article, originally published in Science-- it also interviews the heads of Retraction Watch and discusses PubPeer.


Student Volunteers Needed: Shape the Future of COD's Online Learning

Hey, students--shape the future of the College's online teaching and learning!


If you have ever completed an online course at COD, we want you to test out 3 online learning platforms:

  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Desire2Learn

Then give your opinion of what online learning should be by participating in:

  • Surveys
  • Roundtable Talks
  • An Interview

Complete the whole program, you'll get:

  • Gift cards
  • Free food


  • Thursday, June 18 12-2pm (w/ free lunch!)
  • BIC 3401

Learn more here:

System Downtime, June 12 - June 15

System outageBeginning Friday, June 12, at 5 pm, the COD Library will be part of a state-wide library system upgrade that will affect many of our online services. Until the end of the upgrade process on Monday, June 15 at 8 am, the Library's catalog search tools, Library databases (from off-campus), and I-Share services will be unavailable. This means you will not be able to search the catalog, use databases from off-campus, or place I-Share requests.

However, Library in-person services will remain available including access to databases on-campus, reference services, and in-person checkout (you must have your Library card or student ID with you to check items out).

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have questions about this downtime, please stop by the Reference Desk, call us at (630) 942-3364, or Ask A Librarian.

Summer and Fall 2015 Meeting Dates

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month:

Summer Semester Meetings

May 26, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 1144
June 23, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
July 28, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032

Fall Semester Meetings

August 25, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
September 22, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2153
October 27, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
November 24, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032
December 15, 2015* 12:00-1:00 PM SRC 2032 *(meeting moved to the 3rd Tuesday due to the Christmas Holiday)

If you're a caregiver, I hope that you'll join us. We meet over the noon hour, feel free to bring your lunch.


New Book on Finances and Caregiving!

book financial care for your aging parent.pngMany of you have raised questions about finances pertaining to your parents or other adults for whom you care. I wanted to let you know that the Library has just added a new book called “Financial Care for Your Aging Parent” (click to see the full record in our Library Catalog) call number HG179 .A559763 2014. This item is available for check out.

Do you have any books, articles, videos (electronic or print) that you'd like to recommend to fellow caregivers? Please share!


SmartPrint @COD

SmartPrint logoThe Library's old printing system has been replaced by SmartPrint, a new web-based system that allows you to easily manage your print jobs in the Library and at COD.

Highlights include:

  • No more print cards
  • Pay with cash or credit/debits cards
  • Web-based account management at
  • Scan documents and send them directly your e-mail accounts
  • You can exchange your old Library print cards and credit for new SmartPrint credit (up until Fall 2016)

Quick facts:

  • The Library has four Black & White printers, two Black & White copiers, and one Color printer/copier
  • Printers are set to print double-sided by default
  • Letter size black and white single-side price is $0.05/page
  • Letter size black and white duplex price is $0.09/sheet
  • Letter size color price is $0.17/page

Getting started:

Download detailed instructions here

  • Visit and use your myACCESS login credentials to create an online account.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the “Add Funds” link displayed next to your account balance. The minimum amount for an online transaction is $5.
  • At the print release stations, students use their myACCESS login credentials to view and release their documents.
Community Users
  • Create a guest account by going to
  • Once there, use the “I am a guest” link in the lower left-hand corner of the login page to create the account
  • Use your personal e-mail account to complete the registration process.
  • Log into the Smart Print system using the e-mail address and password used to create your account

All users can use the cash kiosk in the Library Print Center to add money to accounts using paper money (coins not accepted). The kiosk will not provide change. The minimum amount of fund that can be added using the cash kiosk is $1.

For more information, stop by the Library Print Center or call us at (630) 942-2671.

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 16 and May 25 is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 16: Closed
  • Sunday, May 17: Closed
  • Monday, May 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 20: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 23: Closed
  • Sunday, May 24: Closed
  • Monday, May 25: Closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 26: Regular summer hours begin

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

Have a safe and restful break!