Welcome Students

Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services
Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services

Welcome to Brookens Library and UIS for the 2017-18 academic year! I am Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services, and whether you are a returning, familiar face, or are new to campus, I want to extend a warm welcome and open invitation to students, faculty, and staff to visit Brookens Library. Brookens Library provides comfortable spaces for group or individual study, services ranging from research consultations to interlibrary loan, and collections that are located within the library, and online for easy access from off-campus.

I encourage you to explore our web page and find just what we have for you, or contact us by stopping by or by online, and we can work with you to write a great research paper, help track down that hard-to-find piece of research, or provide access to research you need. You’ll find new resources, new collections and research assistance featured on Research Guides.

In the library, we’ve added a few new items: faster computers and colorful task chairs on all levels, collaborative work stations with monitors for easy group work, and new lockers where you can securely charge your laptop, tablet, or phone. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the events and activities we hold, including fall campus traditions such as The Friends Book Sale in September and the Haunted Library in October. There’s also newer traditions to watch for, such as a Cereal Bar during Finals Week

I hope to see you at Brookens Library or on campus, but feel free to reach out any time and let me know how we’re doing or what else Brookens Library can do to assist in your success. Best to you all.

Meet the Team: Tabbitha

Student of the week TabbithaName: Tabbitha

Major: Visual Arts

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: I love being able to make friends so easily! The campus is small enough to feel like a big family. I also love being a part of Brookens Library, whether that be helping students figure out the printers or drawing on the chalkboard wall.

What are your goals for the semester?  Goal 1-Get good grades. Goal 2-Graduate. Goal 3-World domination. I like to set pretty decent goals.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: If my life were a reality TV show it would be called “A Million Places at Once”. I think it would be called that because I have a tendency to be everywhere at once.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am a member of a bunch of clubs including Japanime, AREA, and Queer Straight Alliance. I haven’t been as involved in them since I live off campus now.

What have you learned since working at the library?: I’ve learned how to work with a variety of different people who all learn in different ways. Also I have learned that no matter how many signs you put up, somebody will surely ignore those signs.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan on getting a job in a library. Once I do that I plan on going back to school for a Masters in Library Science. After all of that, I hope to move out of state and get a large house and fill it with rescue cats.

Cereal Bar! December 11

Free Cereal Bar in the Library

Monday, December 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Brookens Library Lower Level

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 11 from 4-7pm). Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

Extended Hours!!! December 4-8

We know you are busy preparing for the end of the semester. The week before finals, Brookens Library will be extending our operating hours by 3 hours each day Monday – Friday. We will be open from 8:30 am – 3:00 am Monday-Thursday (December 4-7) and from 8:30 am – 9:00 pm on Friday (December 8). We will also be providing coffee, bananas and other snacks late in the evening. Good luck and see you in the library!

End of the Year Happenings at Brookens

The end of the semester is a busy time. We are here to help you finish strong by staying open extra hours and by offering fun & free, stress relieving opportunities. See what all we have going on before the close of the semester. 

Get into the holiday spirit by making decorations to take home to your family and friends at our Holiday Flair Pop-Up event. On December 5, from 4:00 – 6:00pm on the main floor of the library, we will have a crafting station set up where you can make ornaments, holiday decor and more with book covers! This fun, free event will be sure to get you feeling festive!

Extended Library Operating Hours: Monday – Friday, December 4th – 8th

We know you are busy preparing for the end of the semester. The week before finals, Brookens Library will be extending our operating hours by 3 hours each day Monday – Friday. We will be open from 8:30 am – 3:00 am Monday-Thursday (December 4-7) and from 8:30 am – 9:00 pm on Friday (December 8). We will also be providing coffee, bananas and other snacks late in the evening.

Free Cereal Bar: Monday, December 11, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 11 from 4-7pm). Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

Cookie Decorating: Tuesday, December 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Finals week can be stressful. Take a break from your studies to decorate holiday cookies in the library! All supplies will be provided by Norris Nation. 

DIY Holiday Flair Pop-Up December 5

Pop-Up Tuesday, December 5, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Get into the holiday spirit by making decorations to take home to your family and friends at our Holiday Flair Pop-Up event. On December 5, from 4:00 – 6:00pm on the main floor of the library, we will have a crafting station set up where you can make ornaments, holiday decor and more with book covers! This fun, free event will be sure to get you feeling festive!

Meet the Team: Malcolm

Student of the week MalcolmName: Malcolm

Major: English

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a UIS student is working at the library! We have a great team and its always growing and changing but for the last 4 years its been very much like a family.

What are your goals for the semester?  To graduate!!!

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: “Life On Bluray” Because my life wouldn’t be a TV show, it would be a movie.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and I am also president of the UIS Greek Life Council.

What have you learned since working at the library?: Since I started working in the library I’ve learned a lot about accountability as well as work professionalism and time management.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan to move to Maine and take a 6 month break from school, while starting a management training program. After that I intend to get my Masters