IMPORTANT: The Library will be offering curbside pickup of materials. Use the Circulation Services Request Form to make a request. You must be currently enrolled at the college to use this service.

Circulation Desk Support:


Information Literacy Awareness Month
Essay Contest

TOPICS (pick one):

  1. Coronavirus Pandemic: “How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Required Us to Adapt in Education?”
  2. What Do You See as the Greatest Threat to the Environment Today?
  3. U.S. Presence in Afghanistan: Strategic, Moral, Nation Building or a Debacle?
  4. Can Graffiti be Viewed as Art?


  • Enrolled SSC student
  • Essay Criteria:
    • 2 – 3 pages
    • Font size: 12pt
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Double spaced
    • Essay title centered at top of page with name and date


Submit essay to Sangeeta Kumar via email at or in-person in the Library by 7:00pm on October 18, 2021.


Three Winners Will Be Announced and Receive Prizes in the Library:

  • 1st PRIZE: Kobo Libra H2O eReader
  • 2nd PRIZE: JBL – Under Armour Project Rock Wireless Ear Buds
  • 3rd PRIZE: SSC Bookstore Gift card

For more information please contact Sangeeta Kumar, Librarian at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2574, or in-person in the Library.

Sponsored by the South Suburban College Library


Photo of the Stacks in the SSC Library

Our Mission

The mission of the South Suburban College Library is to provide high quality resources and services to support learning and teaching at South Suburban College. To serve our academic community, the library teaches students to seek, evaluate, and use information for college success and lifelong learning.

For more information on how to access Library services please contact: the Reference Desk (708) 210-5750 or send requests to for research assistance or fill out our Circulation Services Request Form/ for Circulation Services.

Goals of the Library

  • Access: To provide access to information resources at the main campus and the Oak Forest Center.
  • Collections: To build, maintain, preserve, and disseminate collections in a variety of formats to support learning and teaching at the college and the information needs of the community.
  • Education: To educate and inform students, faculty, and the community regarding access to information to foster information literacy and promote lifelong learning.
  • Facilities: To provide facilities, appropriate to the needs of the college’s primary clientele, which encourage the use of resources in a variety of formats and learning.
  • Planning: To anticipate and develop services that respond to the changing needs of users through evaluation and collaboration with faculty members at South Suburban College.
  • Training: To provide continuing education and training for library staff to promote excellence and exemplary practice in the profession.

Our Vision

The vision of the South Suburban College Library is to be a vibrant environment where students are encouraged to research, learn, complete coursework, collaborate, and study. The South Suburban College Library wants all students, faculty, staff, and community members to become information literate knowledge seekers who will be able to find, evaluate, and utilize resources in a variety of formats and embrace the library as a point of connection to information.

Our Staff

Dr. Deborah Baness King: Vice President Student and Enrollment Services
Devon Powell: Dean, Student Services and Library

Marilyn Wells, B.A., M.S.L.I.S.: Reference Librarian/ Instruction – Senior Librarian
Sangeeta Kumar, B.A., M.L.I.S.: Reference Librarian/ Instruction – Technical Services

Pamela Dorsey: Library Assistant I/ Circulation
Marcus Ellis: Library Assistant I/ Circulation
Jackie Smith: Library Assistant I/ Circulation

Beverly Donahue: Library Assistant II/ Technical Services



The Library is designed to provide students with a quiet place for reading, research and study.

  • Food is not permitted in the library
  • Drinks with closeable lids are permitted
  • Smoking is not permitted in the library and is illegal by state law
  • Cell Phones are not permitted in the library

The Library Staff maintains a friendly and approachable demeanor at all times, but will not hesitate to contact campus police if excessively loud and disruptive behavior persists in the Library.

Library Collection

The collection focuses on the coursework offered at South Suburban College. The Library offers its patrons:

  • 20,452 books in the collection;
  • 55 periodical titles;
  • US government publications;
  • audiovisual materials;
  • (free) scanner use;
  • textbooks for classes;
  • research and reference assistance;
  • 36 computers with Internet access;
  • and copy machines and printers.