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Restricted Access for Finals Period
RESTRICTED ACCESS at the Downtown Campus Library
Begins: Friday, May 2
Ends: Friday, May 16
During this period, use of the Library will be restricted to students, faculty, & staff of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Everyone will be required to show an ID at the entrance. IIT students may obtain a special wristband that may be used instead of an ID...show your ID & ask for a wristband! Circulation staff will place one on the wrist of your choice. After that, you need only to show your wrist to gain admittance...no digging through bags, pleading with staff, or waiting in line!
Extended Library Hours for Finals
Reading Period and Finals Hours (May 3 through May 16)
||10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
|Monday - Thursday:
||8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
||8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. *
||9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
* The Library will be open until 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16.
Reference Librarian Hours
||10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
|Monday - Thursday:
||8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
||8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
||9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A Reminder About Security in the Library!
Just a reminder from the Library staff to please protect your valuables while studying. Most thefts of personal property in public places are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the offender...like leaving your stuff unattended. Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime!
If you see someone acting suspiciously in the Library, please alert the Library staff or Security.
Featured Resource: Harper's Weekly
During the last Presidential contest in which a candidate from Illinois was in serious contention for his party's nomination, the Republican party was the party without a clear candidate. According to Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization, one of the most widely read weekly publications in America at the time, Lincoln was not the strongest candidate and would have difficulty getting support from Eeastern states. After Lincoln's nomination, the publication supported another candidate from Illinois, Senator Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat who had beaten Lincoln in the 1858 Senate race.
HarpWeek, the online version of Harper's Weekly, allows scholars to explore this volatile era in American politics. Published from 1857-1912, the publication was mostly political in nature, though it also contained news, fiction (including serialized novels), essays, advertisements, and cartoons. Before the Civil War, the publication took a moderate editorial stance on slavery, mostly to preserve its Southern readership. During the Civil War, however, the publication supported Lincoln and the Union. Its articles and illustrations of battles provided some of the most important insights into the front.
After the War, the publication used its stature to support the Presidential aspirations of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Grover Cleveland. In addition, Harper's Weekly and its political cartoonist Thomas Nast used their resources and talent to expose corruption in New York by political leader William "Boss" Tweed.
HarpWeek allows researchers to search or browse all issues of Harper's Weekly. Election-specific material for Presidential contests between 1860-1912 (including candidate biographies, political cartoons, etc.) can be also found at: http://elections.harpweek.com/
Harper's Weekly is available by remote access and on the Downtown, Main, and Rice campuses to all IIT students, staff, and faculty.
Westlaw Summer Password Extension Policy-Summer 2008
Students who are taking Summer classes, working on law review projects, working for a professor, studying for the bar, or working in a non-profit, public interest internship or other pro bono work that is required for graduation may register for Summer access. If your Summer activities include any of the above, then you can register online for Summer access to Westlaw and TWEN. Just sign on to Westlaw as usual, then look for the big link in the middle of the page that says, "Extend your Westlaw password this Summer."
If your plans don't fit neatly into one of those categories and you need Westlaw access, please contact our Westlaw representative, Stacey Acquavella at: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Library Policies
While using the Downtown Campus Library, please observe the following rules and polices:
Guard Your Valuables
Please guard your valuables when using the library! Recently, two wallets were reportedly taken out of student backpacks which were left unattended. Thefts of this nature are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the offender. Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime! Please protect your valuables.
Please respect the rights of others who wish to study and work in the Library. Keep your study area neat and clean. Walk quietly through study areas. Don’t block pathways with your laptop cord (plug it in under your table). Erase the whiteboard/chalkboard in your study room when you leave. Don’t move the furniture around. Keep your feet on the floor, not on the chairs. Generally, treat others the way you wish to be treated.
Food and Drink
You may bring any drink into the Library. We ask, however, that you pick up after yourself and use the appropriate recycling bin. Food is never allowed, so don’t bring it into the Library.
Noise & Cell Phones
Please respect the other patrons in the Library and whisper quietly if you need to communicate with others in the library. Please do not use your cell phone in the Library, computer lab, or study rooms. If you need to make a call, take your cell phone outside the Library or into one of the stairwells. Keep noise levels down on personal music devices, and always wear your headphones. If noise in the Library is bothering you, inform the Circulation Desk.
Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended. The Library is open to the public and thefts, while not frequent, have occurred. Belongings that are left unattended will be taken by security. If you are missing any personal items, please tell the Circulation Desk on the 9th floor as soon as possible so that security can be notified.
Use of Library Materials
Please handle all library materials with care. Refrain from writing in or marking-up library materials. If you cannot reach a book on a shelf, please ask a member of the library staff for assistance. Move unwanted library materials to a re-shelving area or return to the Circulation Desk. Do not “hide” library materials in the stacks. If a book that you are using is damaged, please let a member of the staff know; most of the time, we can fix the problem. Please remember that library materials are for the use of everyone.
No pets are allowed in the Library.
Persons under the age of 18 should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
Please do not disturb the “Emergency Heat” switches located throughout the Library.
Members of the public who do not follow these rules may be asked to leave and/or barred from the Library; students may be referred to their academic dean for appropriate disciplinary action.
- If you observe suspicious behavior, please contact a member of the staff immediately.