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:


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.


The SSC Library is celebrating Black History Month with a Display Case representing Current Social Issues that affect all Americans.

Stop by the foyer in front of the Library to view the Display Case and see books you might want to add to your Reading List. You can login to our I-Share Online Catalog to search for more items by going to our Library webpage at: — click on RESEARCH TOOLS and select the I-Share Online Catalog. Curbside Pickup Service is available.
Black History Month Reading List:

  1. Ida B. Wells-Barnett Crusader Against Lynching  by Elaine Slivinsky Lisandrelli
  2. Free at Last? The Civil Rights Movement and The People Who Made It  by Fred Powledge
  3. Politics of Black Nationalism: From Harlem to Soweto  by Kinfe Abraham
  4. Love in Black and White: The Triumph of Love Over Prejudice and Taboo  by Mark & Gail Mathabane
  5. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.  by James M. Washington

Photo of books for Black History Month

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.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the following website about the challenges and triumphs in the pursuit of equality of Black Americans:

Black Freedom Struggles in the United States

For more of SSC’s month long celebration of Black History, go to the Office of Student Life & Leadership web page.


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

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:

  • 25,000 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.