Library Resources at the Normal Campus
The Library’s electronic resources are available to the Normal Campus 24/7. Please see the Get Research Help section of the homepage, as well as the Librarian’s Office Hours tab for research assistance. Here are some options for accessing print resources.
Once you have determined what your barcode is, please follow these instructions to create an I-Share account and request materials. You can also view this video for instructions. If you run into any problems, please contact Adrienne.
After the book arrives at the Lincoln Campus, Adrienne will bring the book over to the Normal campus. I’m trying for next day service, but can’t guarantee it. If you have requested multiple I-Share books, please let Adrienne know, so that I can consolidate trips if possible.
I-Share allows you to pick up requested items from any library in the system. If you request to pick up items at Heartland or ISU’s Milner Library, you will get them sooner.
McKinstry Library on the Lincoln Campus has over 31,000 print materials, many of which can be borrowed by students, faculty, and staff at the Normal campus. (The exceptions are the books in our reference collection and audio-visual materials. However, if you need to borrow a reference book or A/V material, please contact us at the McKinstry Library, (McKinstry@lincolncollege.edu, x 7292) and we can discuss what is feasible.)
The process for borrowing books from McKinstry library is very similar to borrowing I-Share books. Search the library catalog, selecting McKinstry Library only. When you find a book, click the Request this item tab, and select Normal Circulation Desk as the pickup point. (See detailed instructions.) The book will be brought the Normal campus along with any I-Share books.
Because of the limited computer access and the fact that the library is a quiet study area, it is not recommended that faculty send entire classes there.
You can have I-Share books sent there, which would cut about a day off of the transit time for the books. Choose Heartland Community College as the pick-up library. To check out books, present your Lincoln College ID with the library barcode on the back of the card at the front desk.
To get to Heartland Community College Library from the Normal Campus:
- Turn left onto Raab Road.
- Keep going on Raab Road until you see red brick buildings on the right. Turn right on Millennium Drive.
- Keep going on Millennium Drive until there is a stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign.
- Keep going until the road ends. Turn left into the parking lot and park. The door is near the back of the parking lot.
- Go down the hall and turn right near the student lounge. Keep going until you see the library on the right.
Directions to Heartland
You can also take the Yellow Route G bus to Heartland Community College. Cross Raab Road to catch it on the other side of the street. The bus will come approximately :08 and :38 after the hour. Yellow Route G map.
You also have access to library databases on the community computers, and can download articles, and print if you purchase a “Redbird” card.
The library is open long hours (currently 7 AM to 3 AM).
Milner can accommodate full classes of students, but because of the limited computer access, it’s recommended that the students have a list of books that they would like to use.
You can have I-Share books sent there, which would cut about a day off of the transit time for the books. Choose Illinois State University as the pick-up library. To check out books, present your Lincoln College ID with the library barcode on the back of the card at the front desk.
To get to ISU Milner Library from the Normal campus:
- Turn right on Raab road.
- Turn right on Main Street.
- Turn left on College Avenue.
- Turn left at University Avenue (first light after Main St.)
- Turn right on Locust (first right).
- Turn into the parking lot and park.
- Facing College Avenue, walk to the back, left-hand side of the parking lot. You will see a sidewalk to the library.
- Go up the stairs and enter into the doors on the left.
- The community access terminals are the last row of terminals, facing into the library.
- In the library catalog (EBL eBooks and Ebsco eBook Collection). Search the catalog for a subject and click the Get It Online link under an eBook title to access the eBook.
- You can search the Ebsco eBook Collection directly. From the Library’s homepage, choose the Databases A-Z link, and click on Ebsco eBook Collection.