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Library Services

Library Areas and Services

24/7 Computer Lab
There is a 24/7 Computer Lab on Level 1 of the library. Access to this lab after library hours is via a Lake Forest College ID only.

Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections are located on the Lower Level of the Donnelley and Lee Library; some archives are off-site. The collections include rare books, manuscripts, etc., and are for in-library use only. To access an item, come to the the Special Collections department during hours of availability, or contact the College Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, Anne Thomason (847-735-5064) to make arrangements. 



There are 6 classrooms on Level 2 in the library:
Room 203 has 30 PCs
Room 208 has 24 Macs (that also run Windows 10)
Room 211 has 12 Macs (that also run Windows 10)
Room 237 has 24 PCs
Rooms 205 (seats about 15) and 221 (seats about 25) have projectors and an instructors podium Faculty may reserve a room through the online room scheduler (please call room 847-735-5210 for assistance).

Commuter & Off-Campus Students
Most library databases are available to off-campus students. 
More about resources for Off-Campus Students >>

Government Documents

Group Study Rooms
There are several group study rooms in the library available only to Lake Forest College faculty, staff, and students on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a 2-hour time limit when other groups are waiting. A study group member who is present in the study room must leave a Lake Forest College ID at the Circulation Desk.

Library Liaisons
 offer to faculty, students, and staff a variety of instructional sessions covering research skills and techniques, plagiarism issues, and other topics. A variety of workshops covering software applications such as Moodle are offered by Academic Technology Specialists.

Interlibrary Loan

Media Collections
The library provides a collection of audio-visual materials, including videotapes, DVDs, and CDs. Lake Forest College faculty, staff and students may check out media according to circulation policies. There are several viewing/listening rooms in which to use audio-visual materials in the library. Additionally, headphones can be checked out at the circulation desk to use with DVDs and CDs in computers. Search the catalog for media materials owned by the library or browse the media collections separately.

Media Services
Located in the northeast corner of Level 1 in the library, Media Services allows faculty, staff, and students to check out audiovisual equipment and assistive technology software as these resources are available.
More about Media Services >>

Many periodicals, government documents, newspapers and other resources may be found on microfiche or microfilm. Microforms can be found in the reference area on Level 1. There is one microfilm/fiche reader that only allow you to print copies of the documents. The cost of each microfilm/fiche copy is 15 cents. The library does not provide any change machines, but if you will be making a number of copies, you may pay for them at the Reference Desk using bills. There is another machine that allows saving microforms as PDFs to email or print a 5 cents per sheet.

Periodicals and journals are available in several different locations. Current issues of periodicals are available on Level 2. Issues older than the current year are found on the the Lower Level. Periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order and may only be used in the library. You may make copies of articles in periodicals using the scanner or the photocopier on Level 1 of the library. Many periodicals are available online. Search for periodicals available at Lake Forest College using the journals search form. Pam Cipkowski, at 847-735-5065, is the Electronic Resources Librarian and can provide assistance.

Reference & Research
The Reference Desk on the main level of the library is the place to stop for help and information. The Reference Librarians are professionals who will assist you with research or any questions about finding or using resources in the library. Librarians are available for research appointments with patrons and will also arrange to perform research for non-affiliated patrons on an “as available” basis (there may be fees involved). Contact the Reference Desk at 847-735-5074 or by via our online form.

Reserves/Course Reserves
If you are an instructor and wish to place material on Reserve for students to use at the library, please bring the items to the Circulation Desk or email libcirc@lakeforest.edu.

All Reserve items must be used in the library. You must leave your Lake Forest College ID at the Circulation Desk to use any item on Reserve, including Audio-Visual materials.
More about Reserves >>

Returning Books
You may return your books when the library is closed if you have a College ID to enter the vestibules at the north and south entrances where book drops are located.
During Library hours of operation, you may deposit books in the book drop in the front of the Circulation Desk.

Technical Services
The Technical Services Department in the Lower Level of the Library handles the acquisition and processing of books, journals, and media in the library.

Technology Resource Center (TRC)
The Brown Technology Resource Center provides software support and training for faculty, staff, and students. It is located in room 208.
More about the TRC >>