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I Heart the Chicago Public Library

by hilary 6/11/2008 10:18:00 AM

Looking for a new novel to read for fun? Need a good movie to watch this weekend? Want to check out a local museum?

You can satisfy all these cravings for free with a Chicago Public Library card.
The Chicago Public Library ( has a huge collection of books, films, and music held across the city at dozens of different locations. Luckily, you can go online and use the Chicago Public Library catalog to request items be held for you at the location of your choice. The closest branch to the Lincoln Park Campus is only two blocks west of the Fullerton el stop; if you live elsewhere, the web site has a map that lets you find a nearby outpost.

On the Chicago Public Library web site, you can access some databases we don’t offer at DePaul. Looking for a good book to read? Try Novelist. Practicing for a test like the MCAT or GRE? Check out the LearningExpress Library.  Need an introduction to life in another country? CultureGrams may be for you. The Chicago Public Library also has full-text articles from a wide range of Chicago newspapers—although don’t forget the DePaul Library does, too!

The Chicago Public Library also has some unique and often overlooked cultural programs. You can get passes to local museums, or lawn tickets to Ravinia, although both are subject to availability. They also have hundreds of book groups, readings, and other events over the course of the year.

As you can see, there are lots of reasons to love the Chicago Public Library. Don’t miss out on the chance to take advantage of this free and fabulous resource!

If you live in Chicago, all you need to get a library card is proof that you are a resident. If you don’t have an ID with your Chicago address on it (such as a current driver’s license), you can combine a picture ID with a recent letter or bill addressed to your residence. Living in the dorms? Student Housing can issue you a document proving your Chicago residency. If you’re a commuter, the Chicago Public Library also has agreements with dozens of Illinois libraries that let members of those libraries also get a card in the city.

The Library's image server to be upgraded June 13-15

by beth 6/10/2008 4:04:00 PM
The Library's CONTENTdm image server, containing the Vincentian Postcards, Geographic Image and Lincoln Park Neighborhood collections, will be upgraded this coming weekend of June 13-15, 2008. To perform this upgrade, the server may be taken offline on Friday night and at times throughout the weekend. Normal service should resume by Monday, June 16, 2008.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Library's other image server, containing the Library's Curricular Image Collection, should not be affected.

This Day in Business History

by Brian DeHart 6/10/2008 3:03:00 PM

On June 10, 1943  Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro (1899-1985) patented the ballpoint pen. The inspiration came one day during a visit to the print shop of the magazine for which he wrote. Noticing how quickly the ink dried, he saw the advantages in a pocket-sized writing implement with that property and set to work on a prototype in 1938. To escape the Nazis, Biro fled to Argentina in 1940 and began selling his pens in Buenos Aires in 1945. His name became a household word--biro is a global synonym for the ballpoint pen.     

Source: This Day in Business History by Raymond L. Francis available at the Loop Campus Library, R.330.900202 F819d2006

Construction @ DePaul's Rinn Law Library

by beth 6/9/2008 4:18:00 PM

For most of June and July, construction will take place within the Rinn Law Library, located in the Lewis building, to install a fire sprinkler system. This work is necessary in order to bring the building into compliance with local and state ordinances. Since there may be a heavy amount of noise associated with this construction, certain areas within the library may not be quiet places to study.   

Please see the Rinn Library's blog for complete details:

Extended Library Hours for Finals Week

by Brian DeHart 6/7/2008 11:48:00 AM

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The John T. Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park Campus will offer extended hours to accommodate students' study and research needs during final exams. Beginning Sunday,  June 8th, and continuing through Thursday, June 12, the Library will remain open until 2:00 a.m. for you night owls.  Best of luck to everyone!

I'm about to graduate. What will my library privileges be as an alumnus?

by courtney 6/6/2008 1:19:00 PM

First of all ... congratulations to this year's graduates!

The good news:

With your DePaul Alumni ID, you can still use most of DePaul’s online resources such as Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, LexisNexis, etc. However, you need to access them from the library computer labs, located near the reference desks at the Lincoln Park and Loop campus libraries. [Need directions? Hours?] You may also check out books, videos and music, renew online, and get the same great reference service (if we do say so ourselves...ahem). 

The even better news: 

You are automatically enrolled in the DePaul University Alumni Association upon graduation. All you have to do is get an Alumni ID; to do this, contact Alumni Relations:

  • Online: [Requires DePaul alumni username and password]
  • By telephone - (800) 437-1898

If you’ll be relocating to another city, most public libraries provide remote access to library databases. Also, bear in mind that many public universities allow on-site public access to online resources, since they are funded by taxpayers.

More information about Alumni library privileges is available at the Library Web site.

Once again, best wishes for a happy and prosperous future to all 2008 graduates, and we hope to continue to see many of you around the library! 

Printers Row Book Fair, June 7-8

by Lorie Kolak 6/4/2008 2:43:00 PM
Join bibliophiles, readers, writers, booksellers, publishers, musicians, artists, and outdoor festival enthusiasts this weekend at Dearborn and Polk, not far from DePaul’s loop campus, for the 2008 Printers Row Book Fair. There’s no fee for entry into this cultural festival that the Chicago Tribune calls "the Midwest’s largest literary event.”

Elizabeth Berg, Andre Dubus III, Robert Fulghum, Maxine Kumin, Audrey Niffenegger, Jeff Shaara, and Scott Turow are among the many novelists, poets, short story writers, and nonfiction writers scheduled to read. Don’t miss the American Heritage Dictionary Define-A-Thon on June 7 at 3:00 PM, the usage equivalent of a spelling bee.

Brown bag lunch with Author Achy Obejas Thursday, June 5th

by Heather Jagman 6/2/2008 12:14:00 PM
Join us in room 400 of the John T. Richardson Library for a brown bag lunch with author and DePaul professor Achy Obejas at noon on Thursday, June 5th. Ms. Obejas will talk about her writing and read from a selection of her work.

Dessert will be provided!

Achy Obejas is the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz chair in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the department of English. She is a writer of impressive range and accomplishment, having written a number of novels, short fiction, poetry, and translations and published award-winning journalism.



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