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
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: email@example.com
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 VUFind Catalog. You can also search EBSCO eBooks and HathiTrust Digital Library for more titles.
With 202,000 titles, eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOHost), contains multidisciplinary titles in a broad range of academic subject areas.
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. Library items from 90 other academic libraries in Illinois can be requested directly from the VUFind Catalog. Requests are made from this catalog by using your student or employee ID number and last name. 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 Stephanie Nissen for further assistance at (815) 921-4603.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.