The Library supports the teaching and learning mission of DACC by providing information resources and services to students, faculty/staff, and residents of the community college district. The Library is located in the Clock Tower Center, with entrance on the main level. Renovated and expanded in 2000, the Library offers a rich and diverse collection of traditional print resources, as well as electronic resources linked from the Library web page (https://www.dacc.edu/library). Literally thousands of journal titles are included in the “full text” holdings of the Library’s electronic database subscriptions. A variety of reference databases are also provided for campus and at-home use.
DACC Library-owned materials are circulated through I-Share, the catalog of 76 primarily academic Illinois libraries. Items which the Library does not own may be requested via I-Share or other interlibrary loan services. The Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), I-Share, OCLC, and NILRC (a consortium of Midwestern community college libraries).
Instruction in the use of library and electronic information resources is a critical component of DACC Library services. Librarians work closely with faculty to design and integrate instruction appropriate to varied curricula. A strong emphasis is placed on providing students with individual guidance and personal assistance in locating and selecting information resources. Professional reference librarians are scheduled during the majority of hours the library is open.
A quiet study area is housed in the Library’s lower level. Assistive equipment and software are offered for low vision students. The Library has a coin-operated copy machine and offers facsimile service. The Library also maintains 2 computer labs for students. Wi-fi is available.
The Library is open when the college is in session, but closes during semester breaks and for campus holidays. Summer hours are limited. Call the Reference Desk (217-443-8739) for information about Library resources, services, and hours.