Rock Valley College
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Estelle M. Black Library

Resources of over 90,000 book volumes, subscriptions to 232 periodical titles, access to the materials of an additional 88 Illinois academic libraries, and services of dedicated information specialists —all strengthen the mission of Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College which is to support lifelong learning by serving the information needs of students, faculty, staff and community members of our college district. The library has spaces for individual and group study. Electronic resources include databases, eBooks, and streaming video. The Library Bill of Rights guides our service.  

The RVC Library is now using a new authentication system for logging in from off-campus to use library resources. This is a single sign-on system that works with RVC’s existing authentication system.

If you get a login window that looks like this:

Microsoft Login Screenshot

Your username (“Email, phone, or Skype”) needs to be entered in this format: for students, and for employees, where XXXXXXX is your RVC ID number. The password will be your RVC network password that you use for other RVC resources, such as Online Services and Eagle.

Browse the full collection of magazine titles
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U.S. Major Dailies

New newspaper database that includes New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Search or browse issues 1985 to the present (updated every day by 7:00 AM).

Chronicle of Higher Education News Articles

Streaming Videos

Find tens of thousands of streaming videos on all sorts of topics, art and architecture to zoology and zoetropes, in our video databases: Academic Video Online, Kanopy, Docuseek, and others.

Research Assistance

Try our video tutorials and research guides. Get help via email (, phone (815-921-4619), chat, or request a Zoom session.