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. Student IDs are available at the LRC.
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 card 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.
Material in the RLC library are split into several collections. The chart below shows where each collection is located and checkout limitations.
|Children’s books, videos, DVDs||Children's Library||Two week checkout|
|Fiction books||LRC stacks, LRC 128||Two week checkout|
|Media, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs||LRC stacks, LRC 128||Two week checkout|
|Non-Fiction books||LRC stacks, LRC 128||Two week checkout|
|Magazines, journals, newspapers||LRC stacks, LRC 128||Do not circulate|
|Reference books||LRC stacks, LRC 128||Do not circulate|
|Reserves||LRC office, LRC 118||Circulation varies|
|Story Time Kits||LRC 119||Two week checkout|
|Young adult books||LRC stacks, LRC 128||Two week checkout|
Interlibrary LoanInterlibrary 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, I-Share or OCLC. 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 loaned for two weeks but may not be renewed. Materials are loaned based on the owning libraries policies and may or may not be renewable. Please log into your library account to see about renewing interlibrary loaned material. Allow 3-7 days to receive the requested materials. Books must be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Requests for ILL copies of magazine/journal articles can be made by contacting the Reference Librarian. Allow up to 7 days to receive ILL magazine/journal articles. It is your responsibility to check back with us on the status of your ILL request. However, if a valid email address is on file, the requester should receive a message upon receipt of the material.
CopyingRLC 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 for student use. B/W copies are $.10/page and color copies are $.25/page for copying and printing. Every student receives $15.00 credit each semester for printing/copying. Additional money can be added to an account by asking a Library Staff member to add it or through a debit or PayPal account.
Computer Lab/Internet Access & PrintersThe Open Computer Lab is located in the Learning Resource Center, LRC 128. Within this lab, application software, Internet access, and a scanner are available for use by RLC students, staff, and community patrons. Students printing from the Open Lab may print to a black and white printer or a color printer. Students may also print from their own device by accessing webprint features through their PaperCut account.
Research AssistanceThe Reference Librarian is available to provide one-on-one assistance with research tasks or instruction in the use of print and electronic resources to faculty, staff, students, and community users. Please call ext. 1276 or email: for assistance.
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.
Student IDsThe LRC is one of the locations (also Student Records and Bookstore) on campus where student IDs are made. Students must present a picture ID and current schedule to obtain a RLC student ID.