New Databases!

Did you know that the library has three new databases? See below, they could be useful for your studies!

1. Historical Statistics of the United States

– “The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.”

2. Black Thought and Culture

– “Covers the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans.”

3. Women and social movements in the United States 1600-2000

– “Primary Documents, secondary sources, films, and other sources.”

If you have questions on how to use these databases or have other questions, don’t hesitate! Use Ask a Librarian

Need Textbooks?

Did you know that you can check out many of the textbooks used on campus from the Library?  You can look textbooks up here by course number, course name, or you can try a keyword search.  Then take your student ID to the Library Circulation Desk and tell the person at the desk what you need.  Most textbooks check out for 3 hours at a time (some longer).  Be sure to get the book back on time so other students can use it too.

If you need help looking up your textbooks, or if you have any other questions, please be sure to Ask a Librarian.

Spring Public Events: Sexperts, Assault, Mental Illness, Climate Change, and More

Check out our listing of upcoming programs for the Spring 2018 term. Timely topics! All are free and open to the public.

Are You A “Sexpert”? Sexual Health Workshop for the College Student
February 1, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Building L, Library Lounge
We welcome special guest Patty Murphy, M.S. CADC to speak about sexual health. Topics may include consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention, obtaining consent, and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

Progress in Stopping Sexual Assault? Public Outcry and Finding a New Normal
Thursday, February 8th 11am-12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Recent high-profile sexual assault/harassment revelations in politics, entertainment, and journalism has shifted the national conversation, asking us to reckon with the structures that normalize harassment, protect abusers, and silence victims. This faculty and staff panel will discuss this current wave of accusations and its roots in rape culture, taking into consideration how we arrived at this historic moment and what possibilities exist for a more just future. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

MOSAICS: Translating, Preserving and Creating New Knowledge: The Role of the House of Wisdom, Mosques, Schools, and Libraries
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Building L, Library Lounge
This interactive lecture introduces the value placed on libraries, mosques, schools, and the House of Wisdom during the Golden Age of Islam, for this is where the vibrant culture of learning and discoveries thrived. It looks at the respected place given to librarians, translators, scientists, philosophers, and thinkers who translated and studied books from different lands, and created more knowledge and advanced understanding. Audiences will hear about a few of the many developments that occurred in these important places of learning. Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program.

Hot, Warm, & Cool: Healthy Romantic Relationships
February 14, 10am-10:50am, Building L, Library Lounge
Over the centuries love has been described and defined in many different ways. Intimacy, passion and commitment are the warm, hot and cool elements of a healthy romantic relationship. Join us for an overview and discussion about what comprises a healthy romantic relationship and learn what prevents you from having the relationship you want and deserve. This event is being organized by the Counseling and Career Development Center as part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

Why Suffer in Silence? Questioning Mental Illness Stigmas and Empowering the African-American Community
Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Moraine Valley students will hear about emotional suffering as well as mental stigmas in the African-American community. The session discusses how to empower one another and begin the path to healing and hope. This event is part of MVCC’s Black History Month Celebration.

Live Museum and Monologues Project
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10:45 a.m.-Noon 12:30-1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Hear their stories. Learn about prominent black historical figures followed by a discussion on the history, role and impact they had on society. Figures include: Katherine Johnson, Barack Obama, The Supremes, James Baldwin and Misty Copeland. This event is part of MVCC’s Black History Month Celebration.

Sexual Violence in America’s 20th Century
Thursday, Feb 22, 11am-12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Sexual violence has been an often present and yet often little recognized component of American history. Associate Professor Josh Fulton examines the role gender has played in the American story in the 20th century, and how prevalent sexual violence was throughout key periods in this time in America–from the ‘Jazz Age,’ the Jim Crow South, the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

The Underground Church in North Korea: Experiencing Life Across the 38th Parallel
Tuesday, March 6th, 12:30-1:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Special guest Dr. Augustine Sohn, physician and associate professor at the University of Illinois, discusses his experience as a missionary in Korea. He will talk about the background, history, politics, religion, and the separation of North and South Korea. He will connect Christianity to the underground church, and talk about the connection with his church and North Korea. This event is organized by Moraine Valley’s Christian Fellowship.

Readings from We Believe You
Wednesday, March 7th 1pm-1:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge
The MVCC Forensics Team (speech team) perform sections of the book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino. This event is intended to give voice to the survivors in the book. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Male Victims of Rape and Survivorship
Thursday, April 5th, 11am-12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Brendan Yukins from Rape Victim Advocates will be speaking about the most common reason for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in men: sexual violence. Society at large stigmatizes men who have been raped, from joking about them in the media to denying male victimization in the criminal justice system. Brendan will be delving into American masculinity, how it compounds trauma for male survivors, and how we can redefine masculinity as a society to create a world free of shame for the 1 in 6 men who will survive sexual violence in their lifetime. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy
Wednesday, April 18th , 11am-11:50am, noon-12:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. Both will be available for more questions and discussion following the 12 PM. Refreshments will be provided after the 12PM presentation in the Library Cafe.

Disorders and dolls: reducing stigma around mental illness
Tuesday, April 24, 2pm-3:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Honors psychology students will create dolls to represent a psychological disorder as part of their Abnormal Psychology class project. Each student will be tasked with designing a figurine to coincide with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V) diagnosis. During the event each psychology student will present their project to the campus community and helped raise awareness about mental health issues with the goal of reducing stigma towards mental illness.

Library Hours January 10-16

Here is a quick update on our library hours over the next 7 days.

Wednesday, January 10: 8am-5pm
Thursday, January 11: 10:45am-5pm
Friday, January 12: 8am-5pm
Saturday, January 13: Closed
Sunday, January 14: Closed
Monday, January 15: Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday)
Tuesday, January 16: 7:30am-10pm (normal semester hours begin)

Our librarians and staff members are preparing for a great Spring Semester!

COMPLETE: Tuesday, 12.19.2017–Library System Maintenance

12/19/17—-4 PM —-UPDATE:

Scheduled maintenance on the library system is complete–you can once again access the library catalog and research databases.



Access to library resources, including the catalog and subscription research databases will be down Tuesday, 12/19, beginning at 2 am and lasting throughout the day so we can perform important library system updates.

Service throughout the day may be intermittent.  We will update you when the process has been completed.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian for assistance.


Lenette Staudinger, Retired Biology Professor

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“I loved the job. I thought that was really important–especially to be a role model to young women because when I joined the Biology department I was the only woman.”

Lenette Staudinger was a professor of Biology here for 32 years. She tells about some of the creativity involved in putting classes together in the college’s early days, like stocking the Botany classes with discarded plants from the cemetery. The college has grown and progressed so much and she is proud that Moraine Valley has done so well.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Lenette Staudinger, Retired Biology Professor

Event Video: Understanding Violence within the LGBTQ Community

Rachel Tillman from the Center on Halsted reviews the unique and specific issues of violence within the LGBTQ community and how they differ from heterosexual communities. She focuses on the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. She also provides tips and resources to those working with LGBTQ people who have experienced violence. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Understanding Violence within the LGBTQ Community

The audio of this discussion is available below:

De-stress Yourself

With finals in full swing, I’m sure many of you are feeling stressed out right now.  The library has many materials that can help you relax.

We have many books, ebooks, DVDs, and CDs on the topic of stress and stress management that are available for checkout.

Studies show that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.  Even though it’s cold outside, go take a walk in one of our many local forest preserves.  Here are some books on that topic.

We also have plenty of magazines, movies/TV shows, and fictional books available for checkout.   You can find our magazines in and near the coffee bar.  Our movies can be browsed virtually here or by going to the lower level of the library and looking for the call number PN1997.  One place to browse for fun books would be in our After Class Collection.  You can browse it virtually here, or you can find the collection in our library lounge (big open area of the library near the front doors).  Our graphic novels, comic books, and manga can be browsed here or by going to the call number PN67 in the lower level of the library.  I’m personally a fan of reading children’s books for fun.  You can search through them virtually here, or go to the lower level of the library and look for the call number PZ7.

Items checked out during finals week will be due back the first week of January.  You can always renew by calling or by logging into your library account and renewing them there.

As always, if you need help, you can always ask a librarian.