Mary and George Slankard Learning Resource Center
Need a place to study or a computer to finish assignments?
Our computer lab is open. COVID regulations will apply, and a face mask must be worn. If you have questions, call (618) 437-5321 ext. 1308 or 1276.
Return library items:
If you need to return library items, you can use the drop box that is outside the east LRC doors to the left of the steps or return them to the front desk inside the LRC.
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The newly remodeled Mary & George Slankard Learning Resource Center is located in front (south) of the theatre and has been expanded to include six new study rooms. The LRC has print and electronic resources such as books, periodicals, newspapers, DVDs, audiobooks, and databases. It has space for study, research, leisure reading, class preparation, cameras for Zoom meetings, Internet access, loaner laptops, headphones, and chargers, and printing. The LRC is open to students, faulty/staff, and members of RLC's community district and is a part of the Illinois Heartland Library System. The LRC building also houses our Wellness Center, Lactation Room, CTE Success Center, IT Help Desk, and Blended Cafe. We encourage you to come in and use the many resources and services the LRC has available to make your Rend Lake College experience successful!
HoursMon - Thur
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
8:00 am - 4:00pm
Closed Fridays during Summer & Semester Breaks
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays during regular semesters.
LRC Resources: Click the images below!
Research AssistanceThe Reference Librarian is available to provide one-on-one assistance with research or instruction in the use of print and electronic resources to faculty, staff, students, and community users. Please call ext. 1276 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Materials Borrowing PolicyStudents, faculty, staff, or residents who live in the RLC district may borrow materials from the LRC. As a part of your first borrowing transaction, a library card will be issued to you at the Circulation Desk. Your first card is free and can be used as long as you are a student, faculty/staff of RLC, or a resident of the RLC district. All patrons are required to show a current state identification card or driver's license to be issued a library card. RLC students must also have a valid RLC student ID, which will be used as their library card. A fee of $10.00 will be charged for each replacement card.
Patrons can check out up to 10 items at one time. Materials are typically loaned for two to three weeks and may be renewed twice, unless another patron has placed a hold against it. Patrons can renew items by calling, emailing, or coming to the Circulation Desk or via their online library account at search.illinoisheartland.org. For your online account, your library barcode number is your username, and your PIN is the four digit code you chose during your account creation. If audiovisual material is needed for a classroom presentation, check with the Circulation Desk. Items placed on reserve by instructors are checked out from the Circulation Desk and will have varying checkout periods.
Interlibrary Loan PolicyThe LRC follows the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code reciprocal borrowing. As members of Illinois Heartland Library System we must adhere to the policies within this code which does not allow for renewal of ILL (Interlibrary Loan) materials.
Please return all material to the Circulation Desk or the drop box located east of the building (near the parking lot). As a courtesy to others, please let the LRC know if there are any problems with any audio/visual material.
If an item is lost or damaged the borrower must pay the current replacement cost of the item plus a library processing fee of $25.00.
Reference materials and some reserve materials are for use in the LRC only. Photocopies can be made.
Intellectual and Academic FreedomRend Lake College LRC Policy on Intellectual and Academic Freedom
Rend Lake College’s Learning Resource Center supports the principle of academic freedom as laid out in applicable College documents. The LRC understands academic freedom to mean that a faculty member, tenured or non-tenured, or a student may inquire freely into academic matters and responsibly communicate considered findings in appropriate College classes related to the subject or, as an individual, in publications of his / her choice.
In accordance with the ALA (American Library Association) Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, Freedom to View Statement, and other related documents, the LRC strives to build a collection that will provide for the free exchange of ideas. The collection, including access to electronic information, is available to all patrons of the LRC. It offers the widest possible range of viewpoints, without prejudice or censorship, regardless of the popularity of these viewpoints; the frankness of language; the national origin of the author; or the controversial manner an author may use in dealing with religious, political, sexual, social, economic, scientific, or moral issues.
The Learning Resource Center provides collections of books, DVDs, and other resources that can be checked out by patrons. It also provides Interlibrary Loans, computer access with printers, copying services, assistance with research, and reserve materials.
CirculationLibrary staff is responsible for issuing library cards to all new patrons and entering their information into the Illinois Heartland Library System database. Library staff assists patrons with searching the online catalog to locate library materials on the shelves. Library material is checked out at the Circulation Desk. If resources on a subject are not available in the RLC collection, Library staff will help patrons place holds on items available at other libraries so the resources can be borrowed from the holding library. Circulating material typically may be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed for an additional two weeks twice. Reserve materials will have varying circulation checkouts. Reference material does not circulate.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is provided so that users may have access to material that is unavailable at the Rend Lake College Learning Resource Center. Interlibrary loan provides students and staff of Rend Lake College the ability to borrow items from member libraries of the Illinois Heartland Library System. Interlibrary loan services are important to staff and students because not every desired item could possibly be found within the LRC’s collection. Materials are typically loaned for three weeks but may be renewed. Allow 1-5 days to receive the requested materials. Materials must be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Requests for ILL copies of magazine/journal articles can be made by contacting the library staff, ext. 1308.
Student IDsThe LRC is one of the locations (also Student Records and our Mt. Vernon location) on campus where student IDs are made. Please go to the IT Help Desk in LRC 135. Students must present a picture ID and current schedule to obtain a RLC student ID. Schedules can be printed from the Circulation Desk.
Computers, Internet, & Copying
The Open Computer Lab is located in the Learning Resource Center, LRC 128. Within this lab, computers are available for use by RLC students, staff, and community patrons. There are also laptops and portable chargers available for in-house use at the Circulation Desk.
RLC is now using a print management system called PaperCut. Additional information can be found on the MyRLC page. A copier/ printer machine and a color printer are available in the library. Black/white copies are $0.10/page or $0.05/side duplex and color copies are $0.25/page or $0.12/side duplex for copying and printing. Every student receives $15.00 credit each semester for printing/copying. Additional money can be added to an account online at the Papercut link above by debit/credit card or PayPal account, or by cash with the assistance of a Library Staff member at the Circulation Desk. Hint: For large print jobs, save money by printing multiple slides/pages to one page.
Contact IT Help Desk for assistance in LRC 135 or at email@example.com or at 618-437-5321 ext. 1259.
ReservesThe LRC offers a “Reserve” area for instructors to leave material for student use such as notes, books, CDs, DVDs, etc. As a general rule, reserve materials have special check out times.