The Learning Resources Division encompasses a number of academic support departments, including the Library, the Learning Commons, the Online College, and the Testing Center. Staff are here to assist with any type of course taken at College of DuPage. The division is staffed by a dedicated group of individuals that have been trained to provide the support students need. Individual departments and services include the following:
The Library serves on- and off-campus programs, providing teaching and learning materials to support and enrich students’ educational experience. The 100,000-square-foot facility in the Student Resource Center on the Glen Ellyn campus provides comfortable seating, individual study space, group study rooms, public computers and AV equipment for use by students. The Library houses a wide variety of informational resources for students, faculty, staff and community members. These materials include more than 225,000 books, 470 periodicals and many non-print materials such as ebooks, DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks.
The Library’s website is the gateway to a wide variety of library services and research resources. An online catalog provides easy look-up of library materials. Also available are many specialized research databases with factual information and references to journal, magazine and newspaper articles, many of them full text. These tools may be accessed remotely by registered Library users. Every public computer in the Library also has full Internet access and a variety of applications such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
Library services include the circulation of print and non-print materials, reference service, library and information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan and access to computers. Specialized collections include the College and Career Information Center (CCIC) and the Philanthropy Collection. The Circulation Desk provides borrowers’ services, and checks out audiovisual equipment to students, faculty and staff. Classroom delivery of equipment is provided upon the request of the instructor.
Information Literacy Instruction Program
The mission of the Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program is to teach students to be effective users and producers of ideas and information. The program provides students with varied opportunities for acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to become information literate. The program is administered through class sessions with library faculty, free workshops and the Library’s Research 101 online tutorial.
The Learning Commons offers all COD students a broad range of options: course-based tutoring; and math, writing, reading and speech assistance for all COD courses. The Learning Commons also provides workshops and resources to aid in preparing for COD placement tests. Services are free of charge. The off-campus Learning Commons in the Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont Centers provide testing services, library cards, quite study areas and a student computer lab.
The Testing Center provides both academic and specialized testing to COD students and community members. Academic Testing administers the placement tests, proctors tests for online courses and classroom make-up exams, offers Health Science program entrance exams, TABE and the GED Constitution as well as administering a variety of group tests for high-school students.
The Specialized Testing department offers the GED Tests, proctoring services, and high-stakes certification exams. Many testing services are also offered at COD centers and off-campus Learning Commons.
College of DuPage is the official site for administration of the General Educational Development (GED) tests for DuPage County residents. Registration to take the GED tests is done online at
ged.com. Although registration is done online, the tests will actually be administered on
a computer at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Westmont or Carol Stream.
Learning Resources Division
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 3120