Rebecca Crown Library

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Text a Librarian: (708) 689-9524

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Hours during the fall and spring semesters:

Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to midnight

Friday and Saturday 8 am – 8 pm

University, Holiday and Summer hours as posted

Library Services

If you have any questions regarding the library, hours or services in general, please check the website at or call the library at (708) 524-6875. Reference services are available until 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For specific questions regarding circulation policies, checkout privileges, loans periods, search requests and recalls, please call the circulation desk 708-524-6876. You may also contact Crown Library reference services through email at, the Ask a Librarian chat reference service or Text a Librarian at (708) 689-9524. Librarians welcome the opportunity for scheduling one-on-one consultations to help with your research needs.

The lower level of the Rebecca Crown Library houses the media center, an information desk, the Cyber Café, and the reference, newspaper and journal collections of the library. The first floor of the library contains the circulating collection, popular reading collection, librarian offices, library administration, the circulation and reference desk and a library instruction / computer training room. The second floor contains the circulating collection, government documents, the juvenile collection, archives and special collections (in the Lewis Link), four group-study rooms, and the Butler Center Children’s Literature Center. The Noonan Reading Room, (Lewis Hall 2nd floor) and all of Crown Library 2nd floor are designated quiet study. The third floor of the library houses five enhanced classrooms, GSLIS faculty offices, a student lounge area, computers, and the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences offices. Enrolled students are given 1,000 print quota per semester. Photocopiers are available for student use for 10 cents per page, or students may scan and email documents on any networked printer. The library also offers classroom instruction services and one-on-one consulting. The library staff and faculty look forward to meeting new students and helping them become familiar with library resources and services.

Electronic Resources

The library subscribes to more than 130 electronic databases. These resources include approximately 26,000 full-text periodicals, numerous indexes, and reference materials. Electronic resources are available off-campus through the library website with a current network id and password. Please stop by or contact the reference desk for help with using databases or finding materials for general use and or by major discipline.

Resource Sharing

(708) 524-6877

Interlibrary loan supplements the resources held by the Library. Resource sharing agreements with cooperating libraries allow Dominican students to check out books from other libraries. I-Share is a system for identifying library materials in 128 academic libraries in Illinois. Materials from any of these libraries may be requested online from either on or off campus. Items are usually delivered to Dominican University within one week. Dominican students may also check out materials in person at any I-Share library with a current Dominican ID. Article requests from other sources will on average take about ten working days to receive, depending on the location and availability of the item.

Reserve Materials

(708) 524-6879

Instructors often place materials on reserve in the library to ensure they are accessible to their students. These materials are kept at the circulation desk and are available to search online by instructor, department or course. Reserves are located at the circulation desk on the first floor. To check out a reserve item, students should search under the ‘course reserves’ tab in the library online catalog and request the item at the circulation desk using the call number. Most reserve items have a two-hour loan, non-renewable loan period. Please be considerate of other users and return items promptly.

Media Center

(708) 524-6500

The Media Center is located on the lower level of the Rebecca Crown Library and houses documentary and feature films, CDs, LPs and sheet music for students, faculty and staff to check out. Students may charge out up to three media items for a total of three days. Instructors are able place materials on reserve for their students to view and/or listen to in the Media Center. In addition, the Media Center provides limited audio and visual copying services for educational purposes.

Hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Archives and Special Collections

(708) 524-5929

Dominican University’s Archives and Special Collections is located in Lewis Link Rooms 200 and 201, on the 2nd floor, between Lewis Hall and Rebecca Crown Library. Our collections include rare books and manuscripts dating to the 13th century, institutional records and other primary source materials. We can help with most research projects including: fashion, political science, art history, foreign languages, and architecture, among others. Hours differ from those of the main library. Please refer to the website for up-to-date information, or call ahead to arrange a time to visit.

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