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Archives

The Library Archives is a collection of documents and memorabilia which preserve the history of the College of DuPage. Past issues of course catalogs are included in the collection. Any person may use the collection under the supervision of the Archivist Monday through Friday during the hours 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It is strongly recommended that an appointment be made. The Bob Veihman Archives Reading Room is available for college-related special occasion use. Please contact the Administrative Assistant to the Dean for information.

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Audiobooks Collection

The Audiobooks collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles of sound recorded books available as sound cassettes (sound tapes) or sound discs (CDs). This collection is shelved on the 3rd floor or upper level of the library across from SRC 3017. New Audiobooks may be located on the lower level of the library in the New Book Area.

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Audiovisual Collection

The videorecording classroom collection and other non-circulating audiovisual materials are located at the Circulation Services desk. These items may be used either in a College of DuPage classroom or in the Library only. Telecourse materials, rental films, and videorecordings in the General, Juvenile and College & Career Information Center (CCIC) collections, may be checked out for home use.

Videos (either VHS or DVD) labeled "Home Viewing Only" may not be viewed at public stations in the Library. Videos labeled "Home Use Only" that need to be viewed for class-related purposes may be viewed in the Library's Viewing Rooms, which are assigned through Circulation Services.

Revised: November 30, 2005

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College & Career Information Center (CCIC)

The College and Career Information Center (CCIC) provides a multimedia collection of information on educational opportunities, occupational choices, and job-seeking skills. Computer programs such as DISCOVER, SIGI+ and Horizons are available to help in choosing an appropriate college or career. Trained staff members are on duty to assist users in this area.

The CCIC collection is located at the top of the main library staircase on the upper level of the library.

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Curriculum Collection

This collection supports college courses in Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, a small collection of Kindergarten through Grade 8 mathematics textbooks is maintained in the end unit of the Juvenile Collection. In addition, several sets of English as a Second Language and Literacy textbooks are shelved in this area. These items must used in the Library.

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Flat Files and Pamphlet Files

Laminated maps of the world, continents, United States, Illinois and DuPage County plus many instructional posters are stored in the Flat File and are available for check-out. Pamphlets, information sheets and other types of short but useful sources are organized by topic in the pamphlet files located under the staircase. These, too, may be checked out.

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General Collection

The General Collection includes print and non-print materials that may be checked out at Circulation Services on the lower level. The Library of Congress Classification System is used to arrange both print and non-print materials on the shelves.

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Graphic Novels Collection

Graphic Novels are sometimes described as book-length comic books, but their range of themes and styles is vast, going well beyond the superhero associations. The graphic novel collection can be found near the New Book Area by the Arbor Vitae Library Cafe. You can search under the subject heading, "graphic novels" for a list of titles.

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Juvenile Collection

The collection of juvenile materials consists of selected fiction and non-fiction works in both book and audiovisual format. Although its main intent is to supplement the curriculum of the college, the collection also serves as a resource to children, parents, and interested community members.

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Music Collection

The Library maintains a large collection of musical recordings in both long playing and compact disc formats. Major emphasis is on classical recordings of opera, symphonies, chamber music, and jazz. Selected popular music, soundtracks, and musicals are also available. You may listen to the items on the equipment provided in the area or check them out at Circulation Services on the lower level.

The Library's collection of musical scores is located in the M section of the General Collection.

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Natural Science Center

The Natural Science Center complements the learning which occurs in the Natural Sciences laboratories. Various specimens and models are on display for viewing. Additional materials, such as microscope slides and body models, are available for Library use only from Circulation Services on the lower level.

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New Books Area

The New Book Area is a browsing collection of new books, rental films, and audiobooks. These items are available for check-out at Circulation Services.

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Paperbacks Collection

The Paperbacks collection includes fiction and nonfiction book titles which are often found on best seller lists or may have popular appeal and are available in paperback format. You can browse through this collection which is found near the New Book Area by the Arbor Vitae Library Cafe.

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Periodicals Collection

The Library has over 1,000 current subscriptions to magazines, journals, and newspapers. Back issues may be stored in bound volumes or on microfilm. The full-text of many articles may be printed from various indexes and databases available from the Library's Web site.

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Philanthropy Center

The Philanthropy Center is a special collection of reference books on grants and other funding opportunities for organizations and individuals. It is shelved in the alcove next to the elevator. For convenient study of titles in this collection, a table has been reserved near this area.

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Reference Collection

Encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, dictionaries, directories and other reference works are useful in answering short questions or providing an overview of a subject as a starting point for further research. Several multimedia reference works are also available. Reference works must be used in the Library.

In addition, oversize atlases are kept in a special atlas display unit in the reference area and some heavily used reference sources are kept behind the reference center desks and are labeled "Ready Reference".

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