Tips for Academic Success

September 2nd, 2015

Tomorrow’s event:

Tips for Academic Success
Sept 3, 12:30 pm , Building L, Library Lounge
Academic Adviser, Jeremy Kingery, will discuss important academic policies for students. This session is especially important for new college students who are learning to navigate college for the first time. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Labor Day Weekend Hours (September 6 & 7)

September 1st, 2015

Labor Day Weekend is almost here! We are looking forward to celebrating the end of summer and remembering the labor movement!

In celebration of the holiday, our hours will change. Take a look:

Saturday, September 5: Open, 8am – 4pm
Sunday, September 6: Closed
Monday, September 7: Closed
Tuesday, September 8: Open, 7:30am – 10pm

Welcome Back!

August 17th, 2015

Welcome to the Fall Semester! Happy New (academic) Year!

We are excited to work with our students, faculty, and staff this academic year.

Visit us or call us at (708) 974-5234 (Library Hours)

Email a librarian using our online form or at

Send us a text message at (708) 761-4234.

Or chat with us here. 

Library System Maintenance Complete

August 7th, 2015


UPDATE—- 8:00PM——————-

Maintenance is complete!  You can access our electronic resources again as needed.  Thank you for your patience!




The library will be performing some upgrades to the library system on Tuesday, August 11th from 3pm through 10pm.

All of the library’s electronic resources will be unavailable during that time, including the catalog and subscription databases.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Aug. 8 – 9 : Scheduled Maintenance on ProQuest Databases

August 6th, 2015

ProQuest databases will be down for maintenance performed by our vendor on Saturday, August 8th, 9pm through Sunday, August 9th, 5am.

The databases affected by this are:

    • Chicago Tribune
    • Chicago Tribune Historical
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • Criminal Justice Periodical Index
    • National Newspapers
    • New York Time
    • New York Times Historical
    • Wall Street Journal
    • Washington Post

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


A is for Arab: Traveling Exhibit Coming to MVCC

July 22nd, 2015



We are very excited to be hosting a traveling exhibit about the different ways that Arabs are portrayed in popular media. This exhibit is sponsored by the MVCC Arab Student Union and created by New York University. The exhibit will arrive at the MVCC Library starting around November 1st and remain up for viewing through December 10th.

Here is a description from the NYU website:

A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

Powerful, accessible and compelling, A is for Arab, which features images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. Providing historical context about these images which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons, this traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.
You can learn more about the exhibit and downloard images on the NYU Near Eastern Studies site. 

Summer Hours Ending Soon

July 20th, 2015

As summer term ends, our hours will be changing. Here’s the info you need as we head toward the fall term.

Summer Semester Hours
(Ends August 1)

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – Noon
Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Summer Inter-Session Hours
(August 2 – August 16)

Monday-Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – noon
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Fall Semester Hours
(August 17-December 11)

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm

Summer is almost over! We are here to help!

July 20th, 2015

As the summer term ends, don’t forget that the library has many resources (and people) here to help you. This includes collaborative study spaces and quiet study spaces. We have laptops, iPads, and graphing calculators. We have textbooks and study guides.

You can visit, call, text, chat or text us! See our Ask a Librarian page for more information. 

Geeks, Nerds, Comics, Games: 2015 Graphic Novel Symposium

July 14th, 2015

We are excited to announce the featured speakers for our 2015 Graphic Novel Symposium. Visit our website for more information. 

Building Comics: Constructing Visual Narratives featuring Adam Fotos
Wednesday, Sept 30, 11 am-11:50 pm, library lounge, Building L
Artist and graphic novel writer Adam Fotos will discuss the mechanics and decision-making process involved in visual story telling. He will draw on examples from his work and the works of others to demonstrate techniques that make graphic novels a unique artform.

From Pencils to Print: Small Press Comics and Publishing
Wednesday, Sept 30, 1 pm – 1:50 pm, library lounge, Building L
Gain an inside view of comic production from local writers, publishers and printers. Writer David Gruba and artist Rene Castellano of Instant Press Comics discuss creating, producing and publishing comics. Jacob Way and Samantha Amborn of Kraken Print will share their experience and knowledge about printing comics.

Generation Next: How to Keep Nerd Communities Growing
Thursday, Oct 1, 2 pm – 2:50 pm, library lounge, Building L
Geek culture and fandom are more popular than ever, providing more doorways to becoming part of nerd communities. How do we welcome new people into our communities so they continue to grow and thrive? What are the ways we can create space and opportunities for new fans and creators to share their nerdy passions and talents? A panel of creators, organizers, and fans will discuss the importance of mentorship and inclusive spaces in maintaining healthy geek communities. Panelists will include

  • Carlye Frank (educator, artist),
  • Dawn Xiana Moon (Raks Geek producer & director),
  • Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine managing editor & Chicago Nerd Social Club board of organizers),
  • and Ytasha L. Womack (Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture author).

We are hoping to add one more panelist to this line up and will provide bios for everyone as soon as the last panelist is confirmed.

Thanks, Tessie!

June 25th, 2015

Today we are sad to bid farewell to one of our awesome catalogers, Tessie! We have been happy to call her our friend and colleague. Tessie started as a practicum student as a graduate student. After she finished her degree, she came on as a cataloger who has classified hundreds of books, DVDs, music, and electronic resources.