About Our Library

Use Library Drop Boxes

Feel free to return library materials (EXCEPT electronics) into one of our drop boxes. Either the one directly outside the Library entrance (IN L Building), OR the one outside Building L. Please see photos below.

INSIDE L Building, directly outside the Library entrance.
OUTSIDE the L Building

Current Library Information Effective Immediately

NO electronics returned in Drop Box PLEASE!
Library Info Effective Immediately:
Due dates for ALL materials extended until April 26th
Please use our drop box; no need to enter library for returns (EXCEPT electronics; DO NOT put in Drop Box please!)
Equipment (laptops, calculators, cameras, etc.) are AVAILABLE for check out to assist with homework needs!
Study rooms are CLOSED until further notice!
Use our chat box for reference & assistance; we are here to help! (https://lib.morainevalley.edu/Main/AskLibrarian.html)

Severe Weather “Seek Shelter” Procedure

After yesterday’s severe weather, today is a good day to go over the Library’s “seek shelter” procedures. During a tornado or severe weather warning, PLEASE (for your safety and ours) follow the directions of Library staff to seek shelter on the 1st floor (downstairs) following “Emergency Shelter Signs.” ONLY use the Back Emergency Stairs, NOT the Atrium stairs! And remain in the shelter area until you are instructed to leave. Your safety is our utmost concern during an emergency. Thank you!

Library Open During Construction

The Library is OPEN during the construction of the L Building entrances! Please use the entrance across from the B Building, under the B bridge. The book drop near the L Building has been relocated to the area between the B & L Buildings. The ramp leading up to the L Building & the Library entrance is also CLOSED. Please see photos and/or ask at the Information Desk for help. Thank you!

New Library Subject Signs

The Library has installed new subject signs within the circulating collection (also known as “the stacks” in library world) located downstairs on the first (1st) floor! The signs are located at the top of the bookshelves which enables easier searchability from within “the stacks”, so you no longer have to walk to the endcap to check the section you are searching in.

They display the subject heading along with the Library of Congress classification number relative to the subject. We worked to ensure that the subject headings chosen reflect our collection and the courses offered at the college.

The signs also have the advantage of encouraging browseability: meaning you can easily follow the signs within the collection and scan the shelves for items you might not have originally been looking for.

So please visit our collection downstairs and let us know what you think!

Authors on Display

On display in the library today are the published works of Moraine Valley faculty and staff from the past year. Stop by and see works of fiction and non-fiction including books, articles, photography, poetry, dissertations and even the cookbook Baking with Vegetables.

 

New Words to Use in Scrabble

The new edition of the official Scrabble dictionary has added hundreds of new words, such as sheeple, bitcoin, emoji, and puggle. Other big news in the Scrabble world is that the word “OK” is now acceptable. Scrabble has been around since the 1930s but it needs to change as language changes.  The library does not have any books about Scrabble specifically, but we do have a book about board games: It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan. And the library has many dictionaries for you to use, including online access to the Oxford English Dictionary.

MLA and APA Citation Information

Classes have started. You see on the syllabus that you will need to provide MLA or APA citations for an assignment or for a paper. Maybe that is new to you—or maybe you don’t remember the details from your high school classes. The library can help! You can stop by the library and talk to a librarian about citation. Or, go to the “Research Tools” page on the library website. Click “Citing Sources” in the middle of the Research Tools page (under Featured Services). The Citing Sources Guide has a variety of links and instructional videos that show citation examples for journal articles, web pages, books, and many other sources. As always, help is available from the librarians or from the Speaking and Writing Center.

A new Library database on women in social movements

Looking for information on an aspect of women’s history in the U.S., like who was involved in the beginning of the feminist movement, or info on the Equal Rights Amendment Movement, or more about Chicago’s Hull House, founded by Jane Addams?

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a new MVCC Library database containing primary sources, archival materials, and films that covers the history of women in social movements in the U.S. Take a look, and remember you can access all of the Library databases from off campus!

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