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International Students' Library Resources: Library Basics

Welcome to the A.C. Buehler Library

Your Jaypass is your library card!

  • There is no limit to the number of books you may check out.
  • Books check out for a 4 week loan period.
  • There are no fines on regular circulating books
  • There are fines on Reserve Materials & Our Textbook Collection.
  • Reserve Materials & Our Textbook Collection have short loan periods.
  • Reserve Materials & Our Textbook Collection are searchable via Bluejay Search 

However, if you do not return the books there will be replacement cost.

Bluejay Search is our library catalog. 

Search for books, A/V, e-resources, articles and more from one place. 

See this video for a quick tour of Bluejay Search. 

To renew items, click to access My Library Account.


Course Guides, Library Guides & Bibliographies are helpful to find information on a variety of topics from Blackboard use to how to do basic research in Psychology.



Helpful Books for Writing Papers

Study Spaces

Collaborative Spaces 

Our Main Floor & Lower Level have great spaces for collaboration.  We have tables and large desks meant for quiet collaboration.  If you need to be in a space where you can be louder, please reserve a group study room below.

We also have a dedicated International Table on the main floor of the library by the Learning Center.  A place to gather with friends.

Quiet Spaces 

Quiet Study spaces exist on our Upper Level with carrels and soft chairs around the edge of our circulating collection. There is no talking on the third floor except in study rooms.

Reserving Study Rooms

Study Rooms require reservations, you can make them here:
You must be a current Elmhurst University student to reserve a study room. 
Study rooms can be reserved up to a week in advance in 15 minute blocks, 4 hour maximum per day.

Databases to Begin Your Research


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Finding Textbooks

Library Textbook Collection

  • Textbooks are expensive and we cannot purchase every course's materials.
  • We purchase affordable textbooks in "high impact" areas, such as;
    • 100- and 200- level and/or tagged courses, where the most students are liable to be in need;
    • multi-section offerings that share the same materials (usually A and B overlap) and;
    • not online or covered by an access license, since those cannot be easily lent. 

Finding your textbook

  • To search for your textbook, choose "Textbook Collection" from the drop-down menu in our catalog (circled in yellow in the screen shot)


  • You can also browse the collection by a keyword such as "business" or "psychology," or by the ISBN number (though this is very specific search- we recommend you also try a title search)
  • Make sure we have the edition that your instructor is using! Sometimes, we might have a textbook but not the latest edition that your instructor specified for the class!
  • Students can check these books out for up to 2hrs in the library and renew if other students aren't waiting for a turn.