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Library Services

Library Areas and Services

24/7 Computer Lab
There is a 24/7 Computer Lab on Level 1 of the library. Access to this lab after library hours is via a Lake Forest College ID only.

Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections are located on the Lower Level of the Donnelley and Lee Library; some archives are off-site. The collections include rare books, manuscripts, etc., and are for in-library use only. To access an item, come to the the Special Collections department during hours of availability, or contact the College Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, Anne Thomason (847-735-5064) to make arrangements. 



There are 6 classrooms on Level 2 in the library:

  • Room 203 has 30 PCs; the podium has a Blu-ray player.
  • Room 208 has 24 Macs (that also run Windows 10); the podium has a Blu-ray player.
  • Room 211 has 12 Macs (that also run Windows 10); the podium has a DVD and a VHS player.
  • Room 237 has 24 PCs; the podium computer has a DVD player.
  • Rooms 205 (seats about 15) and 221 (seats about 25) have projectors and an instructor’s podium, which has a DVD and a VHS player.

Faculty may reserve a room through the online room scheduler (please call room 847-735-5210 for assistance).
Recurring room reservations for student organizations and groups are usually not permitted.  Exceptions to this policy will be granted at the discretion of the Library Director.

Commuter & Off-Campus Students
Most library databases are available to off-campus students. 
More about resources for Off-Campus Students >>

Government Documents

Group Study Rooms
There are several group study rooms in the library available only to Lake Forest College faculty, staff, and students on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a 2-hour time limit when other groups are waiting. A study group member who is present in the study room must leave a Lake Forest College ID at the Circulation Desk.

Library Liaisons
 offer to faculty, students, and staff a variety of instructional sessions covering research skills and techniques, plagiarism issues, and other topics. A variety of workshops covering software applications such as Moodle are offered by Academic Technology and can be coordinated with Connie Corso, Director of Academic Technology.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan

MakerSpace (Room 227)
About MakerSpace >>

Media Collections
The library provides a collection of audio-visual materials, including videotapes, DVDs, and CDs. Lake Forest College faculty, staff and students may check out media according to circulation policies.
Search the catalog for videos.

  • Media Viewing Options
    • Patrons can check out DVD players (Region 1, multi-region, Blu-ray) and headphones at the circulation desk for 2 hours at a time
      –for longer-running films, exceptions can be made. 
    • Library classrooms are equipped with these devices:
      • 205, 211, and 221 have DVD and VHS players.
      • 203 and 208 have Blu-ray players
      • 237 has a DVD player in the computer
    • Classrooms used to view media must be vacated ten minutes prior to closing.

Media Services
Located in the northeast corner of Level 1 in the library, Media Services allows faculty, staff, and students to check out audiovisual equipment and assistive technology software as these resources are available.
More about Media Services >>

Some periodicals, government documents, newspapers and other resources may only be available on microfiche or microfilm. Microforms can be found in the reference area on Level 1.

  • One microfilm/fiche reader that only allow you to print copies of the documents. The cost of each microfilm/fiche copy is 15 cents.  The library does not provide any change machines, but if you will be making a number of copies, you may pay for them at the Reference Desk using bills. 
  • One digital reader allows you to make PDFs of the microform pages to email to yourself for printing or saving, including high-resolution and color options. You can print black and white copies in the library at 5 cents per sheet; color is 35 cents per page.

Print periodicals and journals are available in several different locations.

  • Some current issues of periodicals are available on Level 2; some are on the lower level with the older issues, and some are in the Reserves room at circulation. You can find the location for a periodical in the library catalog, or ask for help at the reference desk.
  • Issues older than the current year are found on the the Lower Level. Periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order and may only be used in the library. You may make copies of articles in periodicals using the scanners on Level 1 of the library. Many periodicals are available online. Search for periodicals available at Lake Forest College using the journals search form. Please contact the serials department for more information.

Reference & Research
The Reference Desk on the main level of the library is the place to stop for help and information. The Reference Librarians are professionals who will assist you with research or any questions about finding or using resources in the library. Librarians are available for research appointments with patrons and will also arrange to perform research for non-affiliated patrons on an “as available” basis (there may be fees involved). Contact the Reference Desk at 847-735-5074 or via our online form.

Reserves/Course Reserves
If you are an instructor and wish to place material on Reserve for students to use at the library, please bring the items to the Circulation Desk or email libcirc@lakeforest.edu.

All Reserve items must be used in the library. You must leave your Lake Forest College ID at the Circulation Desk to use any item on Reserve, including Audio-Visual materials.
More about Reserves >>

Returning Books
You may return your books when the library is closed if you have a College ID to enter the vestibules at the north and south entrances where book drops are located.
During Library hours of operation, you may deposit books in the book drop in the front of the Circulation Desk.
You may also return books to any I-Share library.

Technical Services
The Technical Services Department in the Lower Level of the Library handles the acquisition and processing of books, journals, and media in the library.

VirtualSpace  (Room 212 — also Rhetoric and Production Room)
About VirtualSpace >>