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Using the Library: Library Collections

COD is lucky to have an extensive print and online collection of resources collected for our community.  While you are welcome to search our catalog or databases for specific information, we also have special collections located throughout our library.

Want to know where specific collections are located?  Check out the maps of the Library's upper and lower floors.  

Anatomy Models

The Library has an extensive collection of anatomical and biological models for our students.  Models can be checked out at the lower floor circulation desk for use within the Library for up to two hours at a time.

You can search our models collection online.  


Do you need information about the history of the College of DuPage? The College Archive’s collection has historic material including images, objects, reports, and more. You are welcome to make an appointment with our archivist via email ( or by calling (630) 942-3720.

The Archive is located on the upper floor of the Library.

Visit the Archive website

Career and College Information

The Library's Career and College Information Collection provides information on educational opportunities, occupational choices and job-seeking skills. This multimedia collection can assist you in planning for your educational, career and employment goals.

You can find this collection on the Library's upper floor.  

Course Reserves

The Library's Course Reserves contain a mixture of books, textbooks, and other items put aside for specific classes.  Browse all items on reserves by course prefix, or look up individual items in the catalog.

Check out course reserve items at the lower level circulation desk.

ELL collection

The Library's English Language Learning Collection contains books, videos, and other physical items, as well as online resources.  Our materials emphasize pronunciation, writing and grammar, and reading resources, among others.

Our physical English Language Learning Collection is located on the upper floor of the Library.

Juvenile Collection

Our Juvenile Collection contains fiction, and non-fiction books and graphic novels intended for readers from Pre-K through Grade 8. It includes titles that have won such literary awards as the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award.

The Juvenile Collection is located on the Library's upper floor.

Philanthropy Collection

The Library's Philanthropy Collection supports the information needs of nonprofit organizations located in DuPage County. We provide our patrons with free public access to grant-maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management and several philanthropic databases.

The Philanthropy Collection is located on the upper floor of the Library.


The Library's Reference Collection contains overview materials, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, timelines, and drug references. These books are not available for check-out and may be used only within the Library. If you wish to copy a portion of a reference material, scanning and copying are available in Computing Support & Printing Services (lower level of the Library).

The reference collection is located on the lower level behind the main staircase.

Popular Collections

The Library also has multiple popular collections available to our users:

  • Music
  • Paperbacks
  • Graphic Novels 
  • Popular Videos
  • New Books

All of these collections are located on the upper floor of the Library.

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