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HWC Community Online Library Support: Home

The resources listed on this page have been compiled as a response to the transition to online classes during the COVID-19 closing of the College. Please keep in mind that some information links to non-CCC resources.


All library books that were checked out before classes went remote in March, 2020 will be renewed until the campus reopens. While the HWC Library is closed during the Fall 2020 semester, there is a marked book return bin located on the first floor of the college near the security desk. If you would like to return library books, please do so there. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

HWC Library Ebook Resources

You will be prompted to log in with your CCC credentials to access these databases.

EBSCO Ebooks (Access to thousands of titles vailable through the Harold Washington College Library.)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Complete list of HWC Library Databases 

Additional Ebook Resources

Chicago Public Library (You will need a CPL library card to access ebooks and audiobooks through the CPL's Website).

Audible (While the collection of books available for free is aimed primarily toward young readers, there is a selection of classics and YA titles available as well).

Cambridge University Press

Project Gutenberg (Description from Website: ... A library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired).

Project Muse (Provides access to the books and journals of numerous publishers. Each publisher designates the specific content and for how long it will be freely available on MUSE). 

HWCL Virtual Reference Services

HWC and other City Colleges librarians are available to provide reference assistance via chat. Click on the ASK US button to begin.

Ready Reference Resources

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

MLA Style (From Purdue's Online Writing Lab)

APA Style (From Purdue's Online Writing Lab)

Online Tools

Adobe Scan (Free app that allows you to scan documents on your phone, save and send).

Notes app on iPhone (Click on the camera icon to see a menu that includes a Scan Documents option).

GeoGebra Graphing Calculator (Also available as a phone app).

GeoGebra Scientific Calculator (Also available as a phone app).

Fair Use Information

A Copyright Guide to Rapidly Shifting Your In-Person Class Online

Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

“This Statement is meant to provide clarity for U.S. colleges and universities about how copyright law applies to the many facets of remote teaching and research in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

OER for Faculty

Open Textbook Library

Repository of openly-licensed textbooks maintained by the University of Minnesota's Center for Open Education. (Description from Website: These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.)


OER repository maintained by the California State University System.


Repository of full length OER textbooks, including peer reviewed titles.


Rice University OER resource that includes peer reviewed texts and other educational materials.


OER content search tool developed by the SUNY.

Mason OER Metafinder 

Federated search tool for OER content developed by George Mason University.