Lexington College's library is a resource for research, assigned projects and independent study. It provides the resources, services, and facilities necessary to support the curriculum of the College.

Library Services Coordinator

Sara Zimmermann


Library Services Coordinator Available

9 am to 4 pm - Monday through Wednesday

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Thursday

9 am to 12 pm - Friday


Who can use the library?

Anyone is welcome to use the library resources. However, only students, staff and faculty at Lexinington College can check out materials.

Library Frequently Asked Questions

How do I locate a book in the library?

Books are organized by the Dewey Decimal System and are found in the card catalog. The card catalog is arranged by author/title/subject drawers. All circulating books are found on the open stacks.

How do I locate a journal in the library?

Current periodicals and trade newspapers are found in the periodical section. A list of periodicals is located in this area or click here for listing of Periodicals. Link to periodical list.

How do I find reserve material for my class?

Reserve articles, books, videos or CDs are kept in the Library Services Coordinator's office and are available for use in the library only. Print materials may be photocopied.

What if the library does not have the material I need?

Lexington College has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). With a valid Lexington College ID, students, faculty and staff may borrow books and any of the regularly circulating items from the general collections at the UIC libraries. Students may search the UIC collections online from the Lexington Library.

Lexington College also can obtain most materials through interlibrary loan. That means we ask other libraries throughout the state and possibly the country to loan the material to us. This process can take several weeks to receive the items, so please allow enough time. Requests for interlibrary loan materials can be made through the Library Services Coordinator. Loan period is usually 3-4 weeks and items must be returned promptly on the due date to allow for shipment back to the home library.


Students at Lexington College have access to over 3000 books. Books circulate for a period of two weeks with options for renewal. Only three books may be checked out at a time. A fine will be assessed for all overdue, damaged or lost books. Overdue fines are 25 cents per book/per day. "Reference" and "Reserve" books and all periodicals are for IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY.


The library subscribes to more than twenty hospitality related periodicals and trade newspapers that provide current information about the hospitality industry.

  • Bon Appetit
  • Catering Magazine
  • Catersource
  • Chef Magazine
  • Chef Educator
  • Chicago
  • Cook's Illustrated
  • Cornell Quarterly
  • CRAIN's
  • Everyday Foods
  • Food and Wine
  • Food Arts
  • Food Industry News
  • Food Safety
  • Food Services Directory
  • Fortune
  • Freshcut
  • Gourmet Insider
  • Gourmet News
  • Home Accents Today
  • Home World
  • Hotel Business
  • Hotel Business Design
  • Hotels
  • Hotel and Motel Management 
  • Illinois Meetings & Events 
  • Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education 
  • Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research 
  • Lodging
  • Martha Stewart Home Living
  • Nation's Restaurant News  
  • Nutrition Action 
  • Plate
  • Romana 
  • Smithsonian 
  • Special Events
  • Tidings
  • Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter 
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Wine Spectator

Electronic Databases


References full-text articles in U.S. and international articles on business and management.

Clase Periodica

Index of Latin America journals in the sciences and humanities


OCLC catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide


Indexes full-text articles from the content pages of journals.

EBSCO Hospitality & Tourism Complete

This bibliographic database covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. The collection contains more than 670,000 records from more than 640 titles.


An OCLC collection of full-text scholarly journals


Provides full-text articles and reports on education topics


References U.S. government publications.

Illinois Catalog

OCLC catalog of materials in Illinois libraries.

Health Info

Full-text health and medicine information for consumers, students and professionals.


Includes references and full-text articles in all areas of medicine


Indexes papers presented at conferences worldwide.


Provides periodical abstracts from general and academic journals.


An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings.

Union List

Lists periodicals held by OCLC member libraries.

Try-it! Illinois

Log in: giveusatry    Password: illinet


Provides fundamental reference resources.

WorldCat/First Search

An OCLC catalog of book web resources, and other materials worldwide.


The Library Services Coordinator is available to answer questions, instruct in database and/or Internet searching or guide you to the best resources in print.

UIC Library

Lexington College has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). With a valid Lexington College ID, students, staff, and faculty may borrow books and any other regularly circulating items from the general collections at the UIC libraries. Students may search the UIC collection online from the Lexington Library.

Interlibrary Loan

Lexington College has access to Interlibrary Loan Services throughout Illinois. If Lexington does not have a desired book or periodical, a student may fill out a Search Request Form provided by the Library Services Coordinator and request the Library Services Coordinator to perform electronic database searches to locate the needed material and request shipment from its home library.

Computer Services

Computers are available at the library for research and assignments.

Library Affiliations

American Library Association (ALA); Illinois Library Association (ILA); Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); Reference and User Services Association ( RUSA); Special Library Association (SLA); Metropolitan Library System (MLS); Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL)
CLICKS (Citizens' Library of Illinois – Comprehensive Knowledge Service

Online Resources

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