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For Students: Using the Library

Materials at the Rebecca Crown Library

Faculty, staff and students are automatically granted library borrowing privileges.

Your Dominican ID is your library card and can be used at Dominican University and other I-Share libraries. 

Library materials can be checked out at any of our service desks.

Students may check out books for 8 weeks. Faculty/staff may check out books for sixteen weeks.  Items may be renewed online or at the circulation desk with a maximum of three renewals.

Reference books, periodicals, government documents and special collections are non-circulating.

The library also has a circulating media collection in our Media Center in the lower level of the library.

Items in the Media Center circulate for one week for faculty and three days for students. Media center items may be renewed once.

To locate items in our collection, please search the Online Catalog. 

 For further questions regarding circulation policies, checkout privileges, loan periods, search requests and recalls, please call (708) 524-6876 or at



Materials from other Libraries

As the Rebecca Crown Library is a member of I-Share, you may also access circulating materials from over 130 academic institutions in the state of Illinois.  Our interlibrary loan department can also acquire materials from other institutions outside of Illinois.

Please see Items from Other Libraries to find out how to borrow material from other institutions.

For further information regarding Resource Sharing, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator at (708) 524-6877 or at

Please visit our Tutorials guide to find videos and handouts about using library resources at the Rebecca Crown Library.

Access Databases, Articles, and other Online Resources

Faculty and current students have access to many online resources from any internet computer.  The majority of the Library's online resources are accessible from off-campus and available 24 hours a day.

Off-campus access to the Library's online resources is provided through EZProxy software. If you are off campus, an EZProxy login screen will appear. Enter your Network ID and password to login.  (Your Network ID is your email address BEFORE the @ symbol. Example: If your email is, enter username. The password is the same as your email/DU network password).  

For a list of the databases available through the Library, please see the A-Z list of databases.  You may search alphabetically, by subject or type.

To determine if the library has access to a particular journal, please search the Journal Holdings.  You may search by Journal title, ISSN or subject.