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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 currently check out have been renewed until campuses reopen. Books cannot be returned until the libraries reopen at a to-be-determined date. Thank you for your patience.

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

DSM-V (This trial will be available until April 30, 2020)

Open Textbook Library (Description from Website: Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. 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. The library currently includes 706 textbooks, with more being added all the time).

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. A chat box appears on the bottom right corner of the screen when you go to the main CCC Libraries page.

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

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.”