The Library at South Suburban College is a central service area for books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, subscription databases, and online resources that support the classroom needs of the students, faculty, and staff as well as the research and informational needs of the community. The Library encourages self-inquiry by teaching users how and where to find information and how to enjoy and evaluate the world of books, magazines, media, and online resources. Understanding and utilizing the library will equip you with some of the skills needed to succeed in college and to be a lifelong learner. The faculty librarians will be happy to provide assistance in locating materials and resources for college assignments, personal projects, or general information.
The Library provides comprehensive services including: reference services and assistance using the Library; a collection of books, periodicals, government documents, and audiovisual materials; access to several subscription databases with articles, ebooks, and more; textbooks for classes which are being offered by the college; information skills instruction so that students can find, use, and analyze information; study space on both floors; 36 computers with Internet access; computer printers; copy machines; and an enlarger for the visually impaired.
The collection focuses on the coursework offered at South Suburban College. There are approximately 25,000 books in the collection, 55 periodical titles (magazines, journals, newspapers), numerous U.S. government publications in the government documents collection, and several audiovisual materials (videocassettes, CDs, LPs). Membership in the System Wide Automated Network (SWAN) catalog enhances the Library’s resources and makes our collection available throughout the community. There are over 77 libraries which list their collections in the SWAN catalog. Students, faculty, and staff are able to check out library materials and request materials from other libraries with a South Suburban College library card or a local library card from any of the libraries in the system. Visit the Circulation Desk in the Library with your college ID to get your library card barcode.
Library users also have access to the several catalogs covering over 1,500 Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems (RAILS) libraries with which the Library has established a reciprocal borrowing system. Additionally, Library users may also have materials requested from the I-Share catalog, which includes the resources of 86 academic libraries in Illinois which belong to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Please visit or call the Reference Desk in the Library for assistance.
The subscription databases are valuable library resources. They allow users access to articles, ebooks, testing resources, and more which you will not be able to find through a basic search engine such as Google or Bing. Please visit or call the Reference Desk in the Library for assistance using these databases.
Spring and Fall Semester Library Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Summer Library Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Reference Desk: 708-210-5750
Circulation Desk: 708-210-5751
Textbooks: Library use only
Circulating books: 3 weeks
Reserve print materials: 3 days
Reserve videos: 3 days
Periodicals: 1 week
Old textbooks: 1 week
Graphic calculators: 2 days
Scientific calculators: 3 days
Videotapes: 1 week
CDs: 3 days
Cassette tapes: 3 days
Records (LPs): 3 days
Interlibrary Loan Materials: Varies depending on lending library
3 week books: $0.10 per day
Reserve print materials: $0.50 per day
Reserve videos: $5.00 per day
Periodicals: $0.10 per day
Old textbooks: $1.00 per day
Graphic calculators: $5.00 per day
Scientific calculators: $0.50 per day
Videotapes: $0.50 per day
CDs: $0.50 per day
Cassette tapes: $0.50 per day
Records (LPs): $0.50 per day
Interlibrary loan materials: $0.25 per day