Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 29, 2014

A Better BRK Web!

Better Brookens Library Website

Help Us Make Our Website Better

Brookens is in the process of improving our website and we need your help! To ensure the new website meets your needs, we are asking for your feedback. This will help better inform the decisions being made throughout the process. Each week, we will have a short survey that takes 5 minutes or less. We will be around campus asking for input each week in various locations and at different times so if you see us please stop by. You can also participate online anytime. Simply visit and click the “Help Us Make Our Website Better” image.

Please take a moment our of your time to help us make a better Brookens Library website. To stay up to date with what we are doing follow the hashtag #betterbrkweb!



Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 25, 2014

ILLIAD Unavailable 9/30/14/: UPDATE

UPDATE (9/29): The outage is no longer scheduled and all services will be available during this time.

My ILL Account & Service will be unavailable on Tuesday, September 30th between 7:00 am – 1:00 pm for scheduled maintenance.

How this may impact you:

- You will not be able to request books or articles through InterLibrary Loan during that period. Please note that IShare will not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 25, 2014

Banned Books Week Gets Graphic

Brookens Library Banned Books Week 2014

Read Banned Books!

Read (anything you want)! It’s your Right!

Since 1982, libraries have celebrated Banned Books Week by showcasing banned and challenged books to bring awareness to the freedom to read and dangers of censorship.  But don’t be fooled, this week is about so much more than books.  It’s a celebration of Intellectual Freedom.  It’s about your right to unrestricted access to information.  As technologies change the way we find, read and analyze information, libraries will continue to protect this right and provide access to information by buying books (print and electronic), subscribing to newspapers, magazines and academic journals and providing free internet access on public computers.  So grab a book, magazine or newspaper; or visit your favorite news website or social network.  Read!  Read anything you want!  Because it’s your right!

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Brookens Library

This year we have put together a small collection of graphic novels at the front of the Library on the main level (level 2). Stop by and check out one out!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 18, 2014

Writing Help at Brookens

Looking for writing help from an experienced writing tutor but don’t want to schedule an appointment? We’ve got you covered! Every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm a writing tutor from The Learning Hub will be in Brookens Library providing assistance. No appointment is ever needed, just stop by.

No Appointment Needed!

No Appointment Needed!

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 17, 2014

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: Free Event 10/10

We are hosting a fun new event during Homecoming Week this  year: “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”.  At this Spirit Week event you have the chance to up-cycle old book-covers into modern art pieces and re-imagined crafts. The event will take place on: Friday, October 10th from 11-1 pm in the lower level of Brookens Library. We will provide all the supplies – just bring your imagination!

We will also be having our annual book sale that day from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, so be sure to stop in and stock-up. Prices start at only $0.50 – you can’t afford it miss it!


Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 16, 2014

iPad Tours

On-Campus iPad Tours – Fall 2014
Are you new to UIS? Come tour the library to learn about our resources and services.

Monday, September 15, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5pm – 6pm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:30am – 12:30pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday, September 22, 2014 1:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6pm – 7pm

On-campus tours meet in the library classroom – BRK 232

Brookens Library iPad tours  Fall 2014

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 10, 2014

Let’s Take a #UISLib Selfie!

Have you seen our massive chalkboard wall? Our latest design features a frame where you can take your photo. Stop on in and take a selfie in the library and make sure to use the hashtag #UISLib when you share online!


Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 9, 2014

Book Sale!!! Save the Date 10/10

One of Brookens Library’s traditions is to host the annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale the Friday of Homecoming week. This year the book sale will take place on Friday, October 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the first floor of Brookens Library. This is a great way to stock up and save on books and DVDs.

We will also be hosting “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, Make Art with It!”: a crafting event where we will up-cycle unused book covers from 11am – 1pm in Brookens Library.
Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale_October 10Donations: Did you know you can donate your books and DVDs to the library. The generous donations from the public help keep the book sale full of good reads so feel free to drop off anything you are ready to part with at the front desk.

Posted by: brookenslibrary | September 8, 2014

Research Help at Founders

John Laubersheimer

John will be in Founders Hall every Tuesday from 7-9 pm

Every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 9:00 pm a Brookens Librarian will provide expert research help in Founders Hall. We’re making getting help with the Library even easier by coming to you! No appointment is ever needed – so TTYL: Talk To Your Librarian.

Can’t get help on Tuesdays? Schedule an appointment with YOUR librarian in 3 easy steps:

1.) First find out who YOUR librarian is by visiting: Librarians by Department

2.) Select your subject area from the top navigation tabs

3.) Contact the librarian assigned to your subject area!

It really is as easy as 1-2-3.


Every Tuesday from 7-9 pm

Every Tuesday from 7-9 pm

Posted by: brookenslibrary | August 8, 2014

Quick Search Beta

You might have noticed a change to our main Quick Search search box on the homepage.  A new version of Quick Search is currently in Beta testing and we’re giving you the opportunity to test it out.  You can do so by simply clicking on the beta search option in the search box on the homepage as shown in the image below.



Because it’s in beta mode, it will certainly have a few quirks, but we’re hoping you’ll take it for a test drive so that you can help make it an awesome search tool.  Since it’s not quite finished, there is time for you to provide feedback to the developers of this tool.  You can do so by clicking on the button that says “Tell Us What You Think!” on the bottom right hand corner of the results page.  The green arrow in the image below points out the feedback button.



We hope you’ll help us in sending back feedback to make the new Quick Search a great resource.  Thanks and Happy Searching!

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