Rock Valley College

Library Distance Learning Service

The Estelle M. Black Library supports the distance learning students and instructors of Rock Valley College. There are many resources available to assist students and instructors in finding, retrieving and evaluating information to support their online coursework.

If you need help with research or have questions about using the library, please feel free to contact the Estelle M. Black Library Reference Desk at (815) 921-4619 or the following librarian:

Maria Figiel-Krueger, Reference Coordinator
(815) 921-4606

Library Services

Accessing Library Materials

Library Catalog: Use to find books, DVDs, videos, journal titles and more available at the Estelle M Black Library.

Course Reserves: Use course reserves to find materials your instructor may have placed in the Estelle M Black Library for you to use.

Library Databases: Use databases or EDS Discovery Service to search for articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers. To access the Estelle M Black Library databases or EDS Discovery Service from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your last name and student identification number. If you have any difficulty, please contact Brent Eckert at (815) 921-4604 or the Reference Desk at (815) 921-4619 email:

Citation Style Guides: Use online guides to help you with APA, MLA, CSE and Chicago styles for print and online sources.

Estelle M Black Library Research Guides: Use these tutorials for online assistance in how to use Library databases and do research.

E-books: E-books in the Estelle M. Black Library's collection can be accessed via the Library Catalog. You can also find and search specific ebook collections from this page.

Library Materials

Materials to support your distance education coursework is available through the Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College. The Library Catalog is used to locate materials owned by the library, as well as requesting items directly from 88 other academic libraries in Illinois. Library Databases provide remote access to articles from journals and newspapers.

For further information on borrowing and accessing materials, go to the Library Resources for Distance Learning link within the RVC Eagle Learning Management System or contact Lukas Wenner for further assistance at (815) 921-4603.

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

In the event that you need a book or a journal article that is not found in the Estelle M Black Library's collection, an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request Service is also available.

For further information please call the Reference Desk phone at (815) 921-4619 or email