Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Calculators, Tablets, and More Available to Check Out

The Library has a number of electronic devices that students may check out for varying periods of time.  We have seen a rising demand for such items for the years, and we are proud to be able to supply these items.  The school environment is evolving into an increasingly more electronically depending culture.

Forgot your calculator for your math test?  We have several models available.  Calculators check out for 3 hours, but can be taken out of the Library.

Long gone are the days of hand-written essays.  We offer 57 open lab computers and another 24 computers in our computer classroom.  The classroom is an open lab, quiet study area when classes are not using it.

Prefer a more portable method?  We have laptops that can be taken anywhere IN THE LIBRARY, and check out for 2 hours.  If you're more tablet-savvy, we also have Acer tablets and iPads available to check out and take home.

Like reading, but hate having a bag full of books?  We also offer Kindles that are pre-loaded with hundreds of popular titles.


Friday, January 16, 2015

NASA Wrench

We had a real "future is here" moment in the Library this week when we printed the very same wrench that was printed in space last month!
Read the article here.  The file is available for anyone to download and print.  

The 3D printer is available for use in the Library.  For more information, you can read our 3D Printing Policy or ask a Librarian!

Monday, January 12, 2015

New in the Library!


Over the winter break, the Library purchased and installed a new TV near the entrance.  This TV will play Library focused slides, similar to Cobravision seen in other locations on the Parkland Campus.

Be sure to catch any important announcements, upcoming events, or maybe even trivia!

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Library website!

We've got a new look!  Everything is still here, but it might be in a little different location.  You can still use our parkland.edu/library address, the only thing that's changing is the look.

So come on in, have a look around, and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Textbook Trouble?

Some textbooks are available on reserve at the Library desk.  Reserve means the instructor for a class has loaned a copy of their textbook to the Library for the semester.  The Library then makes that textbook available to students.

Students may check out reserve textbooks for up to 2 hours.  These books must stay in the Library.

If 2 hours isn't long enough or you want to review the material at home, never fear!  We have options.  You can go old-school and use the photocopier to make paper copies, 10¢ for black and white and 50¢ for color.  We also have 2 scanning stations open to the public.  Scan the pages you need and then choose how you want them - printed, saved to a USB key, or emailed!  These are both great ways to extend your study time with our reserve textbooks.

Instructors - if you'd like to take advantage of this service, contact the Library today!
Students - if the textbook you need isn't available, ask your instructor (nicely!) to consider putting their text on reserve.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Closed Thursday 3-5pm

The Library will be closed from 3-5pm on Thursday, January 8th for the Learning Support Division meeting.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Closed for Winter Break

The Library will close at 5pm on December 23rd and remain closed until 8am on January 5th.  

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Hours

Finals are over!  That means we will switch to winter break hours starting Saturday, December 13th until Sunday, January 11th.

Our winter break hours are:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday

Additionally we will close for the holiday break from December 24th - January 4th.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Free Tea and Coffee

One of our favorite annual traditions in the Library is Free Tea and Coffee week!  At the end of the spring and fall semesters we know it's hard to stay focused.  December 8th through the 12th we will offer assorted hot teas and fresh, hot coffee free to students, faculty and staff.

The 2nd floor of the Library is our Silent Zone, specially designated as quiet study space.  On the main floor we have lots of lab computers for last-minute paper-writing, tables for group study, nooks for private study, and comfy chairs to relax when you need a break.

If you need anything, please feel free to contact the Library by text 217/615-0079, via the Ask a Librarian! link, by phone 217-373-3839, or in person at the Library desk.  We are here for you!

Come for the free coffee, stay for the excellent study space.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Don't forget the Library will be closing at 5pm Wednesday, November 26th and remain closed until 7:30am Monday, December 1st.

Enjoy your break everyone!