• During the Library remodel the Circulation Desk will be located in D102.
  • Borrowing privileges are extended to all currently enrolled Harper students, staff and district residents.
  • District residents must provide proof of residency for borrowing privileges at the Harper College Library. Accepted proofs of residency include: drivers license or state ID card, mortgage or lease papers, vehicle registration or insurance card, utility bill, or bank statement. All forms of identification used for proof of residency must have name and current address listed.

Book Drop Locations

  • Along the College's perimeter road.
  • Library north entrance.
  • Library west entrance, second floor.

Collection Development

General Policy Statement

The acquisition, management and maintenance of the Library's collection is a primary function of the library's mission to "provide resources that best support and enhance the institutional mission of William Rainey Harper College. The goal of the Collection Development department is to ensure that collection development activities are attuned to that mission.


Reference Service is available to Harper students, staff and community residents at all times that classes are in session. Reference Service includes providing assistance in the finding of appropriate materials and instruction in their use.

Reference librarians also assist patrons in the use of online resources, including selection, development of research strategies, and evaluation of the resulting materials.

The Harper Library Reference collection includes approximately 5000 print titles, a Legal Reference collection, access to more than 70 online databases from 11 vendors.

Most of the Library's online resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Inquiries can be made in person or by phone. Some phone inquiries may be too complex to finish in one call and may require the patron to visit the Library or additional phone calls. During times of high traffic in-person inquiries may be given priority.

Technical Services

The general purposes of the Library's Technical Services Department reflect the Library's mission to provide curricular support for the programs offered by William Rainey Harper College. The Technical Services Department reflects this mission by

  • The ordering and receiving of all materials to be added to Library's collections.
  • Organizing, cataloging, and physically processing these materials. This includes listing them in online databases such as the Library's online catalog, the Virtual Illinois Catalog (the state wide library union catalog), and OCLC (the international library cataloging database).
  • Maintaining, receiving, and processing subscriptions to appropriate scholarly and popular journals.