COD Library Blog

A Magic Wall of Best Sellers and More

Magic WallThe COD Library now has popular e-books and downloadable audiobooks!

We would like to introduce you to our new collection of popular fiction, graphic novels, biographies, humor and more-- all available through Axis360. The Axis360 collection features a wide variety of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks that you can enjoy for free on Android, Apple, Kindle, Nook and Windows devices.

Getting started with Axis360 is easy! Just download a free app from the Axis360 AppZone and use your COD Library card to checkout e-books and audiobooks from the Library’s Magic Wall. You can keep titles on your device for up to 21 days. We’re adding best sellers and new releases to our collection regularly-- bookmark the Magic Wall and look for Just Added titles, New Releases and Staff Picks.

For more information about device compatibility, installing apps, downloading titles and more, visit the Axis360 Help page.


You can have 2 items checked out at any time.

The default loan period is 14 days, but you can check out books and audiobooks for up to 21 days at a time.

Yes! Learn how to return materials from your specific device at

Yes! If an e-book or audiobook is already checked out, you can request a hold. When that title becomes available, you will receive an email notifying you that your hold item is available for checkout. For more information about holds, see the Axis360 Help page “How to place a title on hold.”

Yes-- if no one else has the title on hold, you can renew items from the COD Library’s Axis360 page. For more information on renewing items, see the Axis360 Help page “How to renew a title.”

You will need a PC or mobile device to be able to download and read or listen to a digital title from Axis 360. Visit the COD Library’s Axis 360 App Zone to download a reader for your PC or mobile device.

Axis360 is compatible with many popular e-book readers, audio players and operating systems. For a complete list see the Axis360 Device Compatibility page.

Interim Hours & Closings, Aug. 1 - Aug. 24

ClockBetween the Summer and Fall semesters, the Library will be closed on the weekends and have reduced hours during the week.

Here is the full list:

  • Friday, Aug. 1, Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 4 - Friday, Aug. 8: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 11 - Friday, Aug. 15: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 18 - Friday, Aug. 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 25: 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!

Coming Soon: New and Improved "Issues & Controversies"

This fall, Issues & Controversies will be rolling out a completely revamped look for their popular current events database.
Here are just a few of the features you can look forward to:

  • New, easy-to-navigate format structured around today's most controversial issues
  • New, original videos and educator support materials enhancing select issues
  • New Issue Pages featuring current coverage with the latest news headlines
  • New interactive polls on every issue
  • New Featured Controversies on the home page
  • New and improved search options, including Search Assist
  • New Read Aloud feature
  • New Google Translate
  • New customizable Content Widgets
  • New searchable Support Center with live help chat.

Interested in getting a sneak peak? Take a look here and let us know what you think!

New E-Resources Available

The Library is proud to introduce you to the following new databases! Each is available on-campus and from off-campus with a valid COD Library Card. Explore and let us know what you think!

NEW! Artstor
The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

NEW! Culturegrams
Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

NEW! Illinois Periodicals Online
The Illinois Periodicals Online collection includes: Illinois Country Living, Illinois Heritage, Illinois History : A Magazine for Young People, Illinois History Teacher, Illinois Issues, Illinois Libraries, Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Parks & Recreation, and Outdoor Illinois. Date ranges vary as they are constantly being updated by the archivists at Northern Illinois University.

NEW! Videofashion Library
The Videofashion library is the online, streaming version of this popular video series that spans decades of fashion runway shows and showcases of fashion designers from the 1990's to the present. When the collection is complete sometime next year, it will include video materials from the 1960’s to the Present. The collection makes available video coverage of the major fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, New York, and London, as well as the Miami Swim and New York Bridal shows. Topical segments visit events like the Met's Costume Exhibits, CFDA Awards, and feature interviews with top designers, models, and celebrities of the fashion world.

Lynda Campus no longer available on our campus :(

The Library is sorry to report that we no longer subscribe to Lynda Campus. Although we believe Lynda is a quality learning tool for our students, the cost to provide this unlimited-access subscription was more than our Library could afford to pay.

Individuals can subscribe to for a pretty reasonable yearly fee. Please go to to learn more about their subscription plans.

Would you like to tell us what you think about this cancellation? We'd like to hear from you. Please write to Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian, at


E-books @ the Library

ebooks at the libraryDid you know the Library provides free access to thousands of academic e-books in nearly 20 different e-book collections? Search our e-book collections to find titles covering everything from science to technology to the humanities.

You can also find e-books in our main catalog--just limit to the "eBook" format on the left-hand side of your search results:

E-book limit selection
If you have questions about our e-book collections, see the E-book FAQ page or Ask A Librarian.

Learning Express Library 2.0

As of June 25, 2014, the old Learning Express Library (2.0) interface is no longer available. The new Learning Express Library vastly improves upon the old version. Users will need to create a new account in Learning Express. Unfortunately, your information from the old LEL will NOT be copied over into the new version.

Similar test prep and career materials are available in the Testing and Education Reference Center. Give it a try!

Need assistance? Contact the Library Reference Desk at 630-942-3364 or Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian,


Database Cancellations

The Library has decided to cancel the following resources as of June 25, 2014:

Health Reference Center Academic: 98% of the content found in this database is available in Academic OneFile. Please see our Health Databases for a full listing of all of our online medical databases.

Standard & Poors NetAdvantage: Hoover's and our other Business databases can be used to find industry information. Please refer to our Business Databases for a full listing of all of our online business databases.

If you need assistance or would like more information, please contact Denise Cote at or call the Library Reference Desk at 630-942-3364


Summer Hours

Sandy beachThe Library's regular Summer hours are in effect as of Tuesday, May 27. Regular weekly hours are as follow:

  • Monday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Noon - 6:00 pm

See our Hours & Closings page for more information.

Have a great summer!

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