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Week of December 15, 2008

Extended hours for finals (Saturday, December 6 through Monday, December 22)

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Thurs., Dec. 11 only, library open to 11:15 p.m.)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Reference Librarian Hours

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - 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.

Restricted access for exams (Friday, Dec. 5 - Monday, Dec. 22)

During this period, use of the Downtown Campus 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 your ID & ask for a wristband! Circulation staff will place one on the wrist of your choice. After that, you need only show your wrist to gain digging through bags, pleading with staff, or waiting in line!

Holiday and intersession hours

Tuesday, Dec. 23 - 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 9:00 am - Noon

Thursday, Dec. 25 - Sunday, Jan. 4 - Closed

Monday, Jan. 5 - Saturday, Jan. 10 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Jan. 11 - Closed

Monday, Jan. 12 - Thursday, Jan. 15 - 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday, Jan. 16 - Saturday, Jan. 17 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Jan. 18 - Monday, Jan. 19 (MLK Holiday) - Closed

Part-time student employment in the library

The Library is seeking several student employees to provide reference services on Saturday and Sunday beginning Spring semester. Training will be provided. If you are interested, contact Keith Ann Stiverson, Director of the Library, at, phone 906-5610.

New! Faster search tools available on the library test website

The library is working to create a new website with better search tools and a more user-friendly style. We’ll have the new site up officially in early 2009, but you can try it now on our test site:

You can start with that link, or you can watch a video we’ve put together: Library Video Tour.  The video will take you through some of our new tools step-by-step. Check the “scenes” and “links” buttons on the side to see sections of the video or get links to particular pages.  

Not sure where to get started? Our favorite new tool is the improved Electronic Resources page. Now you can search for favorite databases with instant results or “drill down” - just like on Best Buy or Amazon – to find sources by topics or types of resources (like legal forms, Industry Profiles, etc.) 

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to send me an e-mail or use the suggestion box on the test site. We’re still building new pages and adding content, so if you can think of anything else that would help make it easier to use, we’d love to hear your ideas.

Emily Barney
Library Web Technologist
IIT Downtown Campus Library 

Become a Fan of the Library: Find us on Facebook!

With over 100 million active users, there’s a good chance you're already using Facebook. If you are, why not become a Fan of the Downtown Campus Library's Facebook Page? Check out our hours, send chat questions to librarians, find new books, or learn about our latest featured resources. If you’d like to leave us feedback about anything, use our Wall. Sign up for updates and we’ll let you know about hours changes and other important library announcements.

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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 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: DTC Library's Research Guide to Law & Popular Culture

How do movies or television shows affect how the average American views and understands the legal system?  Conversely, how has pop culture changed the way lawyers structure and present arguments? 

Research into the intersection between law and popular culture--not only the way the law is perceived but also how lawyers are perceived--is increasingly important in an age where Americans are both watching more TV and movies and filing more lawsuits.  This online guide, written by DTC librarians, provides books and articles useful in researching law and popular culture.  With the guide, you can also keep track of our newest additions to our Law & Popular Culture collection, link directly to our library catalog or the I-Share catalog to request books, and discover which movies made the ABA Journal's 25 Greatest Legal Movies. (The library owns all of them!)

The DTC Library's Research Guide to Law & Popular Culture is available at

General Library Policies

Library Rules

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.

Courteous Behavior

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.

Unattended Belongings

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.

Other Reminders

  • 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.



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