Meet the Team: Sarat

Name: Sarat
Major: Communication
Status: Sophomore
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  Everything is close together so there is not much walking to do. I also enjoy the small classes and professors. The campus is beautiful and there are tons of spots to relax and think.
What are your goals for the semester? I hope to raise my GPA and grades. I also would like to further my language studies.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “It could always be worse but yeah…..this is pretty bad.” I think it perfectly sums up many of the situations I get myself into. It could also be seen as hopeful because there is a lesson to be learned at the end of each episode. I would like it to be a children’s show.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  African Student Association, Afro Beat Dance Crew. My interests include singing, dancing, reading, writing, eating, sleeping, and Kpop(iKONIC4life). I have also recently found myself getting more and more interested in starting video editing.
What have you learned since working at the library? I have gotten a lot better at talking to people. I am also very familiar with the building so my research tends to go very smoothly.
What are your post-graduation plans?  Peace Corp. Work in NPR. work in the EPIK program.

Spring Break Special Hours

The Library will have reduced hours during the week of Spring Break. Please note the following closures and special hours. Have a safe Spring Break!

Weekend Closure:

Saturday, March 10: CLOSED

Sunday, March 11: CLOSED

Reduced Hours:

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Weekend Closure:

Saturday, March 17: CLOSED

We re-open with regular operating hours on Sunday, March 18.



One Book, One UIS March 27th Appearance Cancelled

We regretfully announce that the 2018 One Book One, UIS lecture and discussion featuring Cathy O’Neil author of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy” has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. 

The event was scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the UIS Student Union and will not be rescheduled. The One Book, One UIS Steering Committee would like to thank the faculty who adopted the book into their courses, the volunteers and staff who dedicated their time to serving the One Book, One UIS Campus Reading Initiative, the students who engaged with the material, and those who have supported the program. 

Board Game Day in the Library

On Wednesday, March 28, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Library Lower Level at 4:00 pm. 

Come try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy free snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem!  We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.

See you Wednesday! 


Meet the Team: Bridget

Name: Bridget

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

Department: Leadership Lived Experience for CINRC

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I am grateful that I do not have classes on Fridays. Without the extra day, I would not be able to complete an internship this semester at the SIU School of Medicine, or be able to go home for the weekend. In addition, it is nice to live on campus, and be within walking distance of all of my classes.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to get through my 19 credit hours of coursework, successfully complete my internship, get good grades in all my classes, and, of course, graduate!

What have you been reading? Would you recommend it to others? The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau accounted for some of the most recent books I have read. I devoured this trilogy over the course of one weekend. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes dystopian fiction.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Biology Club, and am involved with the Research Society at UIS. In addition, I enjoy watching Jeopardy, NCIS, Scorpion, and Dallas Cowboys football.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned about the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, and the multitude of resources it has available to UIS and the community. And although I am not a traditional library worker, I have learned about the Library of Congress classification system, and get irritated when I see a book misplaced.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to take a year off after graduation to work and save up some money. In addition, I will take the GRE, and prepare my applications for graduate school. Eventually, I hope to earn my doctorate, and become a medical researcher.