Learning Resource Center

Materials and Collections

The Triton College Library maintains a collection of print and non-print resources to support the college curriculum. The collection includes more than 80,000 books, over 5000 ebooks, and other materials, over 400 current periodical subscriptions and numerous print and electronic indexes to journal articles.

Triton faculty are encouraged to recommend additions to the collection in their teaching areas. Students also may make recommendations. Recommendations will be ordered if they meet the selection guidelines and if funding permits. Please click on the Recommendation form to recommend books for the Library's collection.

   • Circulating
   • Periodicals
   • Finding Articles
   • Reserve
   • Reference
   • McNaughton
   • John Boyle
   • Videos
   • Archives
   • Juvenile
   • ESL
   • LibGuides

Triton's collection of circulating books is available through I-Share. I-Share lets the user search for materials in Triton's collection and at 76 other academic institutions throughout Illinois. Books found at other libraries may be requested and sent directly to Triton or students may use their Triton I.D. to check books out at other schools in person.

Triton subscribes to over 400 periodicals, including magazines, journals and newspapers. The current issues are on display in the northeast section of the main floor in the Learning Resource Center. Back issues are housed in a closed stack area and can be requested at the Periodicals counter. Periodicals do not circulate, but copy machines and microfilm reader/printers are nearby. Reference librarians can help students determine the availability of specific titles.

Students have several options when looking for articles on a particular subject. Print indexes are available in the Periodicals area and many electronic resources, including indexes and online full text, are available through the library Web site. A to Z list shows which periodicals are full text in Triton's catalog. Periodical holdings can be searched in the online catalog.

Faculty often place materials on reserve for student use. They usually are limited to room use only, but some may be checked out for a shortened loan period. These materials are located at the Circulation Desk and can be searched by going to our Reserve LibGuide. Ask for items by the instructor's name or department. If you are a faculty member, you can click here to print out the Library Reserve Form to place items on Reserve.

Our reference collection consists of more than 8300 books. The collection includes encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries and guides on a large range of subject matter. The collection is available for use in the library only, with some titles available in full text online through Triton's catalog or a reference database like Credo. Copy machines are available, but patrons must abide by all copyright laws.

The McNaughton Collection is a changing collection of the current best-sellers and graphic novels that are not searchable in Triton's college catalog. The collection is located by the Juvenile section with a sign that says "Recreational Reading." These books may be checked out for two weeks and are on a first come, first serve basis. They are arranged alphabetically by title on the shelves, but you can search them online either by title or author. The Graphic Novel collection can be found on the magazine tower marked Graphic Novels near the main McNaughton Collection.

This collection of books and pamphlets for use in Adult Basic Education is named for a former Triton English faculty member who taught Developmental Education courses.

The Library maintains a collection of VHS and DVD format videos to support the curriculum. Faculty members are encouraged to submit videorecording requests in order to have them available for their classroom. Materials can be checked out by faculty members for classroom use. If you are a faculty member, you can click here to print out a purchasing video request form.

Finding Videotapes in the Triton College Library Online Catalog
Log into the Triton College Library Electronic Resources Page
Click Triton College Library
Using Quick Search, Click Quick Limits
Select Films/Videos
In Search for, type a word from the title or any other word relating to the video (author, subject, publisher, etc.) One word is usually best if you're not sure of the exact title. Press <enter>.
For an alphabetical list: type a letter, number, or word in the Search for box
In the “Search by” box, select Start of title, press <enter>
Use date or language limits to further restrict results

Circulation staff needs the call number, including any part or volume numbers, and the title to retrieve a video. Always look at the record if there are multiple parts to a title.

The Triton College Archives collects materials of historical importance documenting the history of Triton College. Please dial x3406 for more information or visit the Archives website at

Triton College Library maintains a collection of juvenile materials to support the Children's Literature and Early Childhood Education programs. These items can be checked out for a one-week loan period.

Resources for students in the English as a Second Language program. These materials include study guides, workbooks, short stories and TOEFL exam guides.

LibGuides are subject based Library and Internet resources compiled by the faculty librarians in order to help students do research for their courses. Find these guides at