Proquest & ASP Database Downtime

The following Proquest and Alexander Street Press databases will be down from Saturday, January 19th from 9 P.M. CST until 5 A.M. CST Sunday, January 20th for scheduled maintenance.


  • Criminal Justice
  • History Study Center
  • Historical Newspapers—Chicago Tribune
  • Historical Newspapers—New York Times
  • SIRS Researcher
  • US Major Dailies—Chicago Tribune
  • US Major Dailies—New York Times
  • US Major Dailies—Wall Street Journal
  • US Major Dailies—Washington Post

Alexander Street Press 

  • American History in Video
  • Anthropology
  • Art and Architecture in Video
  • Black Thought & Culture
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video
  • Education in Video
  • Nursing Education in Video
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
  • World History in Video

If you have any questions, call the reference desk at (708) 974-5234 or ask a librarian.

Hoopla- The Netflix of the Moraine Valley Library Databases – but better!

Instantly borrow movies, music, audio books, eBooks, audio books, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your Roku, Kindle Fire Stick, computer, tablet, or phone! Best of all, there are no fees!

To login in, create a Hoopla account with your moraine valley e-mail address here.

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla.

Courtesy of the Moraine Valley Community College Library.

eRead Loan Period Changes

As of January 2nd, 2019, the eRead E-book and E-Audio collection will change its loan period from 21 days to 14 days and holds will change from 3 days to 2 days. The goal of these changes is to maximize the availability of popular materials in the collection.

Any materials checked out prior to January 2nd, 2019 will still have the remainder of the 21 day checkout period.  For any questions, please ask a librarian.

Classic Movie Serials

Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels.   Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this  winter vacation – a classic movie serial.

According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.

Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”.  Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape.  Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.

Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the  first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre.  Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders?  Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship?  Binge viewing is encouraged.

You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.

So much to view/read over your break. Enjoy!


Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois!

On December 3rd 1818, Illinois achieved full statehood and became the 21st state. To celebrate its birthday, the Moraine Valley Library created a display at the front entrance, and is serving cake at noon. Also, on the State of Illinois website, Illinoisans voted on what are some of its greatest people, places, and moments in a variety of categories: Movies, Businesses, Inventions and Innovations, Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic spots, Museums, Books, Writers, Heartbreaking Moments, Musicians, Artists and architects, Actors, Entertainers, Scientists, Athletes, Groundbreaking women, Minority trailblazers, Leaders, and Unforgettable moments.

To view the results, click the link below.

Top 200 of Illinois

MVCCPOV – Chapter Three – Mosaics and Muslim Performance Art

Continue listening to MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley. Chapter Three focuses on the college’s grant funded Mosaics program.

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center received a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The program supports MVCC’s Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America programming, which explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America. In March 2018, Mosaics presented a week long residency to the campus, featuring performance artist, who also provide instructional and discussion based workshops.

Voices from the Valley got a chance to interview not only the resident artists but the Director of Moraine’s Fine Arts and Performance Center, Tommy Hensel as well. Listen to all four episodes in Chapter Three.

Episode 1 – A MVCC Leader’s point-of-view an Interview with Tommy Hensel

Episode 2 – Just about Creativity an Interview with Aja Black

Episode 3 – You are Beautiful! an Interview with Amirah Sackett

Episode 4 – Syn-Syrianly Yours an Interview with Omar Offendum