Network of Illinois
Learning Resources in
Community Colleges

Events & Meetings

April 10, 2015
Moraine Valley Community College
14th Annual Information Literacy Summit
Revising, Refreshing, Reframing our Practice:
Information Literacy, Threshold Concepts, and
the New ACRL Framework

April 16-17, 2015
Illinois Central College
Learning Innovations Conference Program

May 8, 2015
Kankakee Community College


NILRC is one of the oldest community college learning resources cooperatives in the nation. Although it began as a grass roots organization to meet the basic needs of developing learning resources centers at community colleges, it has become a leader in the development and use of a variety of instructional resources and technologies. It was one of the first organizations to foster satellite teleconferencing and satellite delivery of video resource materials. In the early 1980s it developed computerized online circulation control and records management system. The system, known as the Comprehensive Automated Learning Resources System (CALS), was the forerunner of today's commercial online circulation systems and OPACS.

The cooperative is governed by a board of directors representing each member institution. Board members have a variety of backgrounds and responsibilities on their campuses ranging from LRC deans to directors of educational technologies. This diversity enhances the organization, nurtures its projects, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and resources.

Institutions are either "full" or "associate" members. Full members have voting rights in the corporation. Full members attend board meetings and actively serve on standing committees. The corporate office, located in River Forest, Illinois is managed by an executive director.

The organization supports itself in three ways. Membership dues, surcharge fees on group purchases, and investment income provide operational budget income. A flat rate surcharge is placed on all group purchases coordinated by the corporate office. Only those members who participate in given projects pay a surcharge. Investments provide a small amount of operating revenue.

NILRC Mission Statement

The mission of NILRC is to enhance the services provided by post secondary learning resource centers/libraries and alternative delivery programs to their institutions and respective committees.

The commitment to this mission is demonstrated through the pursuit of the following goals:

  • To improve the cost effectiveness of members’ learning resource centers/libraries and alternative delivery programs through group buys of materials and services.
  • To facilitate the exchange of resources and information.
  • To strengthen the skills and knowledge of members’ institutions personnel through staff development activities.
  • To serve as an advocate for issues and projects that would enhance members’ instructional support activities.

Members Services

Discounts on:
Activision Electric – Projector Lamps
Barcode Discount Warehouse
Cambridge Educational
Films for the Humanities
Gaylord Brothers
Highsmith Inc.
Meridian Education
Minitex Tattle Tapes
Starlink Training Network
Turning Technologies (Clickers)

Discounted Services:
Ambrose Video -- Streaming
Atomic Learning
Mango Languages
OCLC EZproxy
RDA Tool Kit
SmarterServices -- assessment
Smarthinking -- tutoring
Springshare LibGuides

Databases Offered:


  • African American Experience
  • American Indian Experience
  • Daily Life Through History
  • Issues: Understanding Controversy
  • Latino American Experience
  • Pop Culture Universe
  • World Geography
  • World History: Ancient
  • World History: Modern
  • World at War

Alexander Street Press

  • Music Online


  • CQ Global Researcher
  • CQ Public Affairs Collection
  • Historic Documents
  • CQ Researcher


  • Associates Program Source
  • Auto Repair Center
  • Biography Reference Bank
  • Current Issues Reference Shelf
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Magill on Literature Plus
  • OmniFile Mega
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
  • Science and Technology Collection
  • Serials Directory
  • Vocational Search and Career Collection
  • World Histoy Collection


  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Biography Resource Center
  • Business and Company Resource Center
  • Business Insights: Essentials
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Expanded Academic Index
  • Global Issues in Context
  • Greenr
  • Informe
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Infobase Learning:

  • African American History and Culture
  • American History Online
  • American Women's History
  • Ancient and Medieval History
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Center
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center
  • Health Reference Center
  • Issues and Controversies
  • Issues and Controversies in American History
  • Modern World History Online
  • Reference Suite
  • Science Online
  • Today's Science
  • US Government
  • World Geography and Culture Online
  • World New Digest
  • World Religions Online


  • Academic Universe


  • America's Newspapers


  • eBooks
  • Nursing Journals

Oxford University Press:

  • African American Studies
  • Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection
  • Grove Dictionary of Art
  • Grove Dictionary of Music
  • Language Dictionaries
  • Literature
  • Western Civilization


  • American Film Institute
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Central
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Criminal Justice Periodicals Index
  • Dissertations & Theses - Complete
  • eBrary Academic Complete
  • eBrary College Complete
  • Historical Chicago Tribune
  • Historical New York Times
  • History Study Center
  • Literature Online Complete
  • National Newsstand
  • New York Times
  • Nursing and Allied Health Source
  • Research Library
  • Statistical Abstracts Online
  • Wall Street Journal

Taylor and Francis:

  • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

World Trade Press:

  • A-A Maps Online
  • A-Z Maps Online
  • A-Zebra Language
  • Global Road Warrior

All of NILRC’s contract negotiations are membership driven. The membership determines what vendors will be contacted and what databases are offered.

Distance Learning Opportunities

Courses licensed through NILRC:

  • Astronomy: Observations and Theories
  • Business and the Law
  • By the Numbers
  • Child Development: Stepping Stones
  • Choices and Change: Macroeconomics
  • Choices and Change: Microeconomics
  • Concepts in Marketing
  • Cycles of Life
  • Dollars and Sense
  • The Endless Voyage
  • Exploring Society
  • Faces of Culture
  • The Human Condition
  • Humanities Through the Arts
  • It’s Strictly Business
  • Journey to Health
  • Mastering the College Experience
  • Nutrition Pathways
  • Portrait of a Family
  • Psychology: The Human Experience
  • Research for Writers
  • Shaping America
  • Something Ventured
  • Taking the Lead
  • Transforming America: US History since 1877
  • Transitions Throughout the Life Span
  • Universe: The Infinite Frontier
  • Voices in Democracy
  • Writing for an Audience
  • Writer’s Circle
  • Writer’s Odyssey