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Harold Washington College Library

Library Access

The Harold Washington College Library serves current City Colleges of Chicago students, faculty, and staff. A current CCC ID (meaning the ID holder is registered for the current semester) is required to check out materials.

  • All students, faculty, and staff have access to electronic resources—databases, ebooks, articles, videos, magazines, etc.—both on and off campus. You will be required to login with your CCC username/password for authentication to access electronic resources off campus. 
  • Students who were registered in a previous term but not for the current term can access electronic resources using their CCC credentials but are not allowed to check out physical materials i.e. books from CCC libraries.
  • Borrowing privileges and off-campus access to electronic resources are not available to CCC alumni.
  • CCC libraries are open to the public for computer use only and in-library use only of physical materials.
  • Students can check out and return library materials at any CCC library. Items held by a different campus can be requested for pick up at the CCC library that is most convenient. 
  • Items can be renewed online at, in person at a CCC library, or by telephone. View contact information for CCC libraries here.  

Lending / Circulation Policies

Items can be requested and sent for pickup to the CCC library most convenient for students. Borrowed items can be returned to any CCC library. Items can be renewed online at, in person at a CCC library, or by telephone. Contact information for CCC libraries.  

Lending/circulation policies: 

  • The standard loan period is 3 weeks with automatic renewals applied throughout the term, unless a hold has been placed by another patron. Some items, such as books on reserve, may have different loan periods. The final due date for students is always the last Friday of the term. For faculty and staff, the final due date is one year after the initial checkout date. 

  • Late/overdue fines: no overdue or late fines will be applied, with the exception of fines for reserve (library-use only) materials.  Items due will be billed unless returned to the library within 21 days of due date. Patrons are not billed for items lost by fire, flood, or theft; police reports or insurance claims must be provided. 

  • Fines for non-CCC interlibrary loans items are determined by the lending institution. 

  • Reserve items (required textbooks or other materials for a given class) typically do not leave the library and circulate for two hours at a time, with renewals possible only if no one else is waiting for the item. Overdue fines may be applied to reserve items. 

  • Patrons can check out up to 25 items at a time. 

  • Patrons are responsible for and will be billed for lost and damaged items. If a late item is returned in good condition no fees will apply. Patrons may replace the book in kind with a copy of the same or newer edition of the missing or damaged item, which is preferred, or pay the replacement cost of an item (cost is determined by the lending library) at any CCC bursar’s office. 

  • If a patron has three or more lost books on their account across all CCC libraries, they will be blocked from further borrowing until they have returned or replaced all the lost books. 

  • Patrons will be given three “claims returned" items if they believe they returned a book, but it is not present in the library