Specker Memorial Library provides information resources for students and faculty at Calumet College of St. Joseph. There are over 100,000 volumes of books, 88 current paper periodical titles, and 1,417 multimedia items including videos in the collection. Electronic resources are available through the library and the College’s computer labs, as well as from outside the library through the Library’s web page: http://www.ccsj.edu/library. The electronic resources include an online catalog, Pegasus; ebooks or electronic books; online periodical databases including many full-text periodical articles, legal resources, Internet resources, and access to other area libraries. Free delivery of periodical articles and books from other libraries is available through an interlibrary loan service.
- Mission & Vision
- Circulation Info
- Reference Assistance
- Contact Us
Specker Library of Calumet College of St. Joseph provides information resources and services that support the college's mission and educational programs. Librarians collect materials and furnish access to information across various formats to promote a liberal education, training for careers, and the development of lifelong learning skills for a culturally diverse student population.
The staff at Specker Memorial Library is committed to transforming our present facility into a library for the 21st century. We will create access to library information and services without regard to time and space limitations. We will create an environment within the physical library that is user friendly, student centered, and provides the tools necessary for research in a digital world. We will create a virtual library with electronic access to library information and services to our students, faculty and staff.
Library Loan Periods
Books (Regular Collection)
Library Use Only
Most materials may be renewed in person, over the phone, or on the library's web site on Pegasus, the library's online information system.
Regular Collection Material
$0.25 per day*
$2.00 per day
Lost Items (more than 30 days late)
Replacement Cost Plus $10.00 Processing Fee
*Items in the regular collection that are returned before they are 3 days late will have the fines waived.
The CCSJ photo ID card also serves as your library card and must be presented in order to check out library materials. Cards may be obtained through the Library Circulation Desk. ID cards must also be obtained in order to activate CCSJ’s network and email accounts.
Instructors may place items on Reserve for use by students which may be obtained from the Circulation Desk. Reserve materials may be used in the library or can be checked out either in house, overnight,or for three or seven day loan periods. To insure that students have equal access to Reserve items, Reserve material fines are $2.00 per day for each overdue item. Please see Specker Library’s Reserve procedures for forms and additional details.
Library Gift Policy
Since its founding, Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) has benefited from gifts of materials to Specker Memorial Library. The Library welcomes gifts that fall within the scope of its collecting activities and which support the College's academic programs. Of particular interest are scholarly or rare items with research value that are in good physical condition.
Gifts of Money
Funds for Library purposes are always welcome. Information on making contributions to the Library, establishing endowment and naming opportunities may be obtained from the CCSJ Development Office, in consultation with the Director of Specker Memorial Library.
Gifts of Materials
The Library accepts gifts of materials with the understanding that, upon receipt, the Library becomes the owner of the materials. The Library will use the materials to best serve the College, whether by addition to the Library's collections, donation to another institution, sale, trade, or recycling. The Library will not normally accept restricted donations; archival materials are subject to other criteria. No Library collects everything, and every gift requires evaluation, sorting, comparing with the current collection, cataloging, and processing in some way. For this reason, we carefully evaluate all potential gifts in order to expend the Library's resources wisely. Large collections that are not suitable for Specker Memorial Library and that will take much work for little return may be regretfully declined. The Library will be glad to work with these donors to find more appropriate locations for their materials.
Appraisals and Tax Information
Donors are required by the IRS to obtain their own evaluations. As an interested party, the Library is not allowed to provide appraisals. The Library will be glad to refer donors to qualified appraisers. Of course, Calumet College of St. Joseph will acknowledge gifts by letter.
Delivering Gifts of Materials
Specker Memorial Library will be glad to accept small gifts, not more than one boxful, in the Director's Office. Arrangements for delivering larger collections of materials to the Library should be made in advance through the Director's Office. If you have questions or would like to discuss making a gift to the Library, please contact: Qi Chen, Director, Specker Memorial Library at 219-473-4375 or email@example.com.
Reference Services And Bibliographic Instruction
Specker Library offers reference services and bibliographic instruction from a professional librarian. In addition, all members of the college community (both on and off campus) can receive individualized help tailored to assist them with their questions, class assignments and projects. Faculty members can schedule instructional sessions for their classes and can also receive specialized acquisition assistance for their particular content areas.
Individual, group, or class reference/bibliographic instruction can be arranged by contacting our Reference Librarian via phone at 219-473-4376.
*You can also ask at the Circulation Desk for Reference assistance.
Specker Memorial Library
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
Phone: (219) 473-4374
Fax: (219) 473-4259
Qi Chen | MLIS, Ed.D
Director of Library Services
Reference / Electronic Resources Librarian
Search for books, eBooks, articles, and more!
- Books & Videos
Selecting one of the options below will allow you to search all the databases that provide resources within that area of study.
- Print Periodicals
- Other Libraries
American Journal of Political Science
American Political Science Review
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Chronicle of Higher Education
Clinical Psychological Science
Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research
Criminology & Public Policy
Current Direction in Psychological Science
FBI Law Enforcement
Glimmer Train Stories
Harvard Educational Review
Indiana: Magazine of History
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
Journal of Catholic Higher Education
Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations
Journal of Higher Education
Journal of Marketing
Journal of Philosophy
Journal of Teacher Education
Monitor On Psychology
National Geographic Travelor
Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly
Perspective on Politics
Phi Delta Kappan
Politics & Gender
Political Science & Politics
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
Psychology Public Policy & Law
Psychological Science in the Public Interest
Psychological Science in the Public Interest (supplement)
Perspective on Pyschological Science
School Pyschology Review
School Science and Mathematics
Scientific American Mind
Social Justice Review
Teaching Children Mathemtics
U.S. Catholic Historian
Porter County Public Library
Illinois / Other
The library currently subscribes to over thirty databases. Databases and electronic resources are available both on and off campus. If you are off campus and trying to access our databases, you will be asked to enter your student id number and last name.
By Type of Resource
Databases provide access to all types of resources, including articles, eBooks, videos, and more. The section below has been organized into categories based on the types of resources found in that database.
Cases, Statutes, Legislation
Designed for research of local, state, and federal cases, statutes, and legislation. Westlaw use is limited to CCSJ students and faculty enrolled in specific courses.
Contact the library with any questions.
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Provides access to over 7,000 eBooks.
There are many databases that you can use to find journal articles. Not sure where to start? Click on the By Program of Study button above to start your search.
News & Current Events
Includes a 90-day archive of approximately 290 newspapers from the McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
Newspaper Source provides selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.
Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 139,800 articles from more than 4,800 diverse sources.
Reference (Dictionaries, Almanacs, etc.)
Biography Resource Center
A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Provides full text for more than 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,164 photos, maps and flags.
- Course Reserve Request
- Library Instruction Request
- Interlibrary Loan Request
The "Course Reserve Request" form allows instructors to request that books or media owned by the library or by that instructor, be placed on reserve for students in that course to use.
The "Library Instruction Request" form is used to request a library instruction session for your course.
The Specker Library offers students, faculty and staff the ability to borrow books, articles, and other materials that we do not have from other libraries through a process called "interlibrary loan." To request a book or article, fill out the form below. Be sure to provide as much information as possible. If you are requesting an article, please be sure to include the name of the journal. Also, include your email address so that we can contact you about your request.
Once your request is approved, a book will usually arrive to the library seven to fourteen days after the initial request. The Library staff will contact you once the book arrives so that you can come and pick it up. If you request an article and that request is approved, the article will be sent to your student or staff email account once it has been received by the library. This usually occurs within a period of seven days.