Reid Memorial Library Offers Assistance to Students



Photo by Krystie Morrison
Assistant director of instructional services, Liz Burns stands next to the new books in the library. Photo by Krystie Morrison.
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Lewis and Clark Community College’s Reid Memorial Library is a wonderful resource to students and teachers alike. According to, the Reid Memorial Library has “over 45,000 volumes, 40 full-text periodical databases, 12,500 full-text electronic periodical titles, videos, DVDs, compact discs, and other materials to support classroom instruction, independent learning and research.”

The library also has joined I-SHARE, meaning that they are now able to provide access to over 30,000 million titles throughout Illinois. Students can access the library’s I-SHARE at home and off-campus as well.

Reid Memorial Library also offers services such as computer labs, study tables, interlibrary loan, self-serve photocopier, video tape players, audio tape players, and microform copiers. The library welcomes all students, faculty and staff to take advantage of what they have to offer.

Liz Burns, the assistant director of instructional services, makes sure that students get what they deserve. “We have a motto, a slogan, in the library: TEAM Reid (Relationships Encourage Independence & Drive) that is based around the idea that it takes a team approach—both within the library and outside of it—to help a student be successful in the classroom and beyond.”

Burns is always willing to help. “I play many roles. Mainly I help students with research assignments, everything from figuring out a topic to finding sources to helping polish the final draft. But I also help students navigate college in general referring them to various campus services as needs arise. Other library-related activities include choosing bestsellers for our collection, finding other resources to purchase that support courses here at the college, and simply recommending a good book to read when someone is need of break from his or her textbook…or their research project.”

Always adding to their collection, the Reid Memorial Library has recently announced the addition of several wonderful titles such as “Today” by Ben Applebaum and Dan DiSorbo, “The Boy at the Top of the Mountain” by John Boyne (the author of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”), “The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories” by Christopher Booker, and many more.

Burns states, “I’m biased. I tend to think that all books are great. That doesn’t necessarily mean I like all books. But someone, the author, put in a lot of time, energy, and creativity into producing it and that has to be admired,” when asked about how she felt about the newest arrivals.

If you would like to find out more about the Reid Memorial Library, please visit for more details. You can also visit the library Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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