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College Writing & Research (Rhetoric 102): Introduction

Library Hours

The Library is open the following hours:

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Additional open hours are added during Finals Week at the end of the semester, and hours often change during breaks and between semesters.  Current hours can always be found on the Library Hours page.

Contact Us

You can contact the Library in a variety of ways.  Text and chat are monitored during most open Library hours.  Chat messages and texts left when the Library is closed will usually be answered when the Library reopens.  The different ways of contacting the Library are also listed on the Library Contact Us page.

Phone:  217-479-7110

Text:  312-772-6806


Introduction to the Library

The Henry Pfeiffer Library is located on the western edge of campus, at the corner of S. Clay Ave. and E. Beecher Ave.

We provide...

  • help refining paper topics
  • help finding scholarly sources beyond those found in a web search
  • help citing sources
  • areas for quiet or group study
  • books, flash drives, DVD movies, and other materials for checkout
  • DVD players and VCRs
  • much more


  • 18 desktop PCS, 14 in the Reference Room and 4 in the Periodicals Room, are available for school and personal use.
  • Printing is free.
  • Wireless internet acess is available throughout the building (ask at the desk in the lobby for the password).
  • 2 iMacs are available in the Digital Media Lab.  They can be used at any time, but can also be reserved at the desk in the lobby.

Circulation Services

  • Books and other materials can be checked out using a Mac ID card with a barcode on the back.
  • Registered patrons of the MacMurray College Library can also check out materials at the Illinois College Library and use materials at the Passavant Hospital Library.  Patrons living in the city of Jacksonville can also check out materials at the Jacksonville Public Library.
  • If an instructor places items "on reserve," they can be obtained at the desk in the lobby. 

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a item that isn't owned by the MacMurray College Library or another I-Share Library, you can request it through interlibrary loan.  Once you submit a request, the Library will attempt to borrow the item from other libraries that own it. 

Requests don't need to be for school, we are more than happy to try and get copies of books for leisure reading or any DVD movies you want to see. 

This service is free to the MacMurray community, however some lending libraries may charge.  We try and avoid dealing with libraries that charge, but if they are the only option, we will check with you before agreeing to any fees. 

Journal articles are usually sent via e-mail attachment, so most requests are filled within a matter of days.  Books, DVDs, and other physical items take varying amounts of time to come in.  Items shipped from an Illinois library generally arrive within a week, while items from out-of-state libraries come through the mail, so something from Texas will generally take longer than something from Missouri.

  • Did you know that you can place interlibrary loan requests for journal articles in the EBSCOhost databases that aren't available in full-text?  If there isn't a link to a full-text copy of the article you want to read, click on the "Get a Copy of this Article" link, fill out the form, and click "Submit."  Most articles will arrive within a couple of days.

Subject Guide

Adam Cassell