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Week of February 24, 2003

Library Hours for Spring Semester

Regular Spring Hours begin Tuesday, January 21st.

Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Reference Hours for Spring Semester

Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Remote Access for Online Databases

The Downtown Campus Library now offers students and faculty access to many of its subscription databases from off-campus using a program called EZProxy. EZProxy is simple to use. You will not need to download any programs or do anything special to your browser.

On the pages that describe our electronic resources (such as, databases accessible through EZProxy are designated with an asterisk (*). To use a database, click on the link for the database you want to search. If you are using a computer connected directly to the campus network, the database will come up automatically. If you are off-campus (for example, if you are using AOL to access the Internet), you will be asked for a login name and password. Put in the same name and password you use for your school e-mail. Note that once you are logged in to one database, you may use other databases without logging in again that session. Also, unless you have your own password already (e.g. Lexis, Westlaw, Loislaw), you will not be able to use password-protected databases. You will be able to use all non-restricted databases.

More information is available at If you have any questions about or problems with EZProxy, please contact the reference desk. The reference desk E-mail is: The reference desk telephone number is 312-906-6570.

Featured Resource

Downtown Campus Library Webpage. The Library has a new webpage! The page has a new look, additional navigational features, and expanded resources.

Summer Associates Quick Start

The Law Library is offering a legal research refresher class for law students who are preparing for a summer job and feel the need to review. The refresher will review legal research basics, and include a discussion of helpful tips on succeeding in your job. There will be ample time to answer your questions.

Choose a convenient session - the program will be offered four times:

Tues., March 4: 12:00-1:30 (Room 270) & 5:00-5:50 (Room 590)

Wed., March 5: 12:00-1:30 (Room 580) & 5:00-5:50 (Room 590)

Refreshments will be served. Please sign up for your preferred date at the service desk in the Library so we can plan for sufficient refreshments and handouts

Also: watch for announcements from Lexis and Westlaw for their upcoming sessions on cost-effective searching.

The Library has a New Website

The Library has a new website and a new URL. To access the new page, go to The new site is easy to use and has many new features. You'll find the resources you use the most often listed right on the front page. The menus at the top take you to anywhere on the site quickly and easily. The news pages now include the latest headlines. We will continue to improve the site to make it a better resource for students and faculty, so please send any suggestions or comments to

New System for Paying Overdue Fines

The Library is no longer accepting cash payments for overdue book fines at the service desk of the library. However, if you would like to make fine payments with a personal check at the library service desk, you are welcome to do so. Overdue book fine payments are now being accepted at the Bursarís office, located on the second floor of the building. When you return a book that is overdue, you will be given a fine information slip, which you will take to the Bursarís office. Bursarís office hours are Monday through Thursday 10:30am-6:00pm, Friday 10:30am Ė 4:30pm.

Library Book Sale

The Library is currently holding a book sale. The books are on the 9th floor, on the shelves to your left when you come in the Library's main entrance. Sales will be made on the honor system. Just put your money in the collection box located with the books. Paperback books are $1, hardback books are $2.

Stop by and check out the sale!

Library Suggestion Box

A suggestion box is available in the Library.

The box is mounted to the wall on your right as you enter the Library on the 9th floor. All suggestions, comments, and complaints will be answered as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours of receipt. Both suggestions and replies will be posted on a bulletin board to the left of the box.

You are not limited to the suggestion box! Please send me an E-mail to: Keith Stiverson (KSTIVERS), give me a call (x65610), or come to see me in room 871 if there is anything you want to discuss about the Library or its services.

Keith Ann Stiverson, Library Director

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary Loan is available to all Downtown Campus students.  This service can be used to borrow a book that is not owned by the Downtown Campus Libraries or a copy of an article not available in the library. Once you are certain the library does not own an item and that it cannot be obtained through one of the online databases maintained by the library, send an E-mail to to request a loan of the book.  The library's directory of online resources, including the catalog, is at Please note that ILL requests commonly require one to two weeks to fill.

Consideration for Others in the Library

Please try to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the Library for the benefit of all those who are studying around you. If you need to work in a group, study rooms are available. You may use any unreserved study room, or make a reservation at the Service Desk with your current ID.

Study Room Policy

Study rooms are for group study by IIT students using the Downtown Campus Libraries' resources. You may reserve a room in advance at the Service Desk with your current ID.

Library Cell Phone Policy

Before entering the Library, cell phones must be turned off. In addition, you must leave the Library before using your cell phone. We have been inundated with complaints about the disturbances caused by cell phone usage in the Library, which has forced us to adopt this policy.

For those of you with an emergency situation who must be reachable by cell phone, you can leave your phone on ONLY if it gets your attention by some method other than ringing. If you have one that vibrates quietly or uses a blinking light, you can leave it on while you are in the Library. This exception does not change the requirement that you leave the Library to use your phone.

Library Food and Drink Policy

1) Drinks are permitted, except in the computer labs, if they are in a reusable hard plastic or metal container with a permanent lid that does not have to be removed to drink. Water is allowed in a standard water bottle with a securable cap.

Not allowed are: cans, styrofoam or paper cups, soft drinks or juice in bottles.

2) Food is not permitted in the Library.

3) No food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the computer labs.

Please Guard Your Valuables

Personal belongings, such as laptops, wallets, purses, briefcases, cell phones, and Palmtops should be carried with you whenever you leave your study area. If they are left unattended, security personnel may remove them to a safer location.

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