Jacobs Library

Jacobs Library offers its collections and services to students, faculty, staff, and District 513 residents. The library's website, www.ivcc.edu/library, provides access to the library's catalog, SOAR, as well as information about the library's services and resources to help in the research process.

The library strives to integrate the college's mission and values into library programs and services to invite discovery, transform thinking, and increase student success.

Our mission is to support learning and teaching at Illinois Valley Community College with several objectives in mind:

  • provide equitable access to information and discovery through the library's services, resources, and technology
  • teach information literacy skills that underline the importance of developing critical thinking skills and searching as strategic exploration
  • provide space for knowledge exchange, collaborative learning, and meaningful study
  • curate, assess, and develop the collections to ensure they meet the needs of our community

Students benefit from off-campus access to all electronic library resources. IVCC students use many of the same information tools available in Illinois four-year universities. Jacobs Library partners with over 126 CARLI academic libraries in Illinois for the I-Share library catalog.

The library has several group and quiet study rooms to accommodate student learning preferences. A fully equipped active learning space is in the library and is used to teach research and information literacy skills to students. When not scheduled, the space is open for use by students. Computers are available throughout the library, and laptops are available at the library service desk.

Library staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and always ready to answer any questions you may have. You can schedule a research appointment with a librarian, ask a quick question with our online chat feature, or book a group study room at the library's Service Desk.