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Regional Library Services

Contact Information & Hours

NIU Hoffman Estates:
John Adams:                          815.753.8825

NIU Naperville:
August Milz:                           815.753.8986

NIU Rockford:
Andrew Kopecky:                   815.753.8788

The learning resources are available when the Outreach Centers are open.
The centers are typically open within NIU’s academic holiday calendar:
Monday – Thursday:  8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday:  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday:  Please Inquire

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Individual & Group Study Space

Each of the three regional NIU Outreach Centers (NIU Hoffman Estates, NIU Naperville & NIU Rockford) have space available for individual and group working environments.  Please inquire at the front desk for specific details on each center.

Computer Resource Availability

Computers are available at all three regional NIU Outreach Centers to access all online library resources, as well as NIU Blackboard and email.  Each center also has a multi-function printer/copier/scanner that uses NIU’s AnywherePrints system.

Collection & Services Information

The Learning Resource Center is designed to function as an electronic library relying on document delivery to fulfill the needs of students. In addition to many specialized databases, the Learning Resource Center provides access to I-Share, FirstSearch, and the internet offering a wide variety of resources for students to complete class assignments and research projects. Rapid delivery from Founders Library in DeKalb to the regional centers ensures that materials are available to meet student needs. Learning Resource Center staff members are available to assist patrons.

Reference Assistance

If you require in-depth assistance from a library subject specialist, use the library’s Ask-A-Librarian service. From this page, students can open a chat session with a librarian, send an e-mail question, or look up the subject specialist librarian in many different areas of expertise. E-mail questions are routed to a subject specialist librarian who will respond within 48 hours, Monday-Friday.

Using other Libraries

NIU students and employees may use services and resources at public university libraries in Illinois and at many private colleges and universities. NIU users are encouraged to contact libraries directly to determine borrowing policies. Many area libraries, including those at NIU, are members of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) which enables patrons to search the online catalogs of member libraries and provides library services on a reciprocal basis.