As National Library Week comes to a close, I’m excited to be sharing the news with the UIS community of the revitalization of the 2nd Floor of Brookens Library this summer. Brookens Library has done admirable work in responding to the changing needs and expectations of 21st century learners and scholars. In recent years the library staff has enhanced services, updated spaces, and preserved, maintained and enriched collections, but through all of the technological, instructional, and intellectual improvements, there is still more to be done. With the opening of the new Student Union across the Quad, it was time for the library to freshen its look and re-engage its role in supporting and shaping the research of students and faculty at UIS. As the first permanent structure on campus, Brookens Library’s identity remains rooted as a critical resource for its many patron groups, and it should reflect the quality of education and the achievements of faculty and students that reinforce the reputation of UIS.
Our plans will temporarily disrupt current services and impact how library spaces are used, but our plan is both ambitious and transformative. With the support of the Chancellor, Brookens Library will be re-carpeting the 2nd Floor, replacing the main service desk, and constructing a new classroom space. Of course along with construction, comes the de-construction phase so the 2nd Floor will be inaccessible to patrons starting right after Finals end in Mid-May. Collections currently on the 2nd Floor will be temporarily relocated, and all collections will remain accessible on the 1st, 3rd and 4th floors of the library.
Our service point for checking out items or asking for information will be in the MacDonald Lounge on the 1st Floor, a space formerly occupied by the Stars Lounge/Mary Jane’s cafe. If you’re not already using our Cloud Library ebook service that allows you to check out and read books online without ever having to visit the library, now would be a good time to try it out. You can get more information on how to use Cloud Library here or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us or stop by.
At Brookens Library we want to provide collections and spaces that inspire and support research, enrich student learning and success, and improve the overall library experience of our users.