Thousands of eBooks Newly Available

Brookens Library is participating in a collaborative eBook Program with other members of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). In March 2021, the CARLI Board approved a proposal to issue a call for crowdfunding for a FY22 CARLI eBook program to purchase a collection of eBooks that are available to all CARLI members, not just the purchasing institution. In addition, contributing member libraries can continue to purchase items that are available in the I-Share online catalog.

Through a renewal of this agreement, you now have access to 23,000+ Wiley Online Book until June 2022. A listing of the titles available for UIS and CARLI members through the Wiley site can be found here. This include all subjects, as well as all years available within the Wiley Online Library. All titles have unlimited access for CARLI members through June 30, 2022 and may be used as course materials or for course reserves. Direct links may be embedded into course management systems. In fact, staff at Brookens Library are aware of at least one eBook in the package that is a current course textbook.

UIS and CARLI members will have access to Oxford University Press eBooks on the Oxford Scholarship Online platform in addition to the Wiley Online Books, also until June 30, 2022.  This includes titles in nine subject areas: Biology, History, Law, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Social Work, and Sociology with publication dates of 2018– June 2022. In addition, you will also have access to more than 1,600 eBook titles from Oxford University Press purchased through a program CARLI piloted in FY21. A listing of the titles from Oxford Scholarship Online can be found here. Once you select a subject collection you can limit to available items.

The advantages of purchasing eBooks collaboratively as a consortium are numerous: providing access online is equitable and inclusive, it allows limited library budgets to go further, and eBooks can be particularly useful if needed for instruction or supplemental reading. eBooks can be downloaded onto a variety of devices as well to be read at your convenience. 

Does the library have my textbook?

The Brookens Library staff is so excited to begin the semester and help UIS students be as successful as possible this year! While starting classes is exciting, a new semester can also bring up a lot of questions and confusion, especially when it comes to getting the textbooks you need. Today, we’re going to answer the most commonly asked textbook questions that come through the library.

How do I get textbooks from the library?

Unfortunately, the library doesn’t purchase textbooks because they can go out of date very quickly. Despite this, it can still be worth checking the library catalog to see if a copy is available. If the book you need isn’t in the Brookens Library collection, you can also check I-Share.

NOTE: The Library’s Interlibrary Loan (myILL) service will not request textbooks for students.

What is I-Share?

I-Share allows you to check out books from more than 70 different libraries in Illinois. If, after conducting your initial catalog search, you see that Brookens doesn’t have the book you need, you can broaden your search to all I-Share libraries on the results screen. From there, if your book is available, all you need to do is find the correct edition and request it.

Arrow pointing to All I-Share Libraries on the catalog search page

How do I request a book?

If your book is available through I-Share, you just need to click “Request through I-Share” and select UIS as your pickup location. If your book is available at Brookens, you select “Request from UIS.” When your item is ready, you’ll receive an email with instructions on picking up your book. Here’s an online tutorial that can take you through this step-by-step.

Arrow pointing to Request from I-Share on the item record page

How long can I check out a book?

For undergraduate students, most books from Brookens and I-Share can be checked out for 4 weeks, with 3 renewals. This adds up to a maximum of 16 weeks, which means you’ll be able to check out your books for the entirety of the semester.

Graduate/doctoral students, faculty, and staff can usually check out books from Brookens up to 16 weeks with the option to renew for longer. For more info about loan periods and renewals, check our borrowing guide.

What do I do if I can’t find the book I need?

If you can’t find your books for class at the library, you can order them from the UIS Bookstore – which is located on the lower level of PAC.

If you have any questions, contact us at the library main desk or via the library chat box on the library website.

We’re Hiring!

We are currently hiring student assistants for 3 of our departments at the library. All applications must be submitted to Career Connect. All of the jobs at the library will help you build career readiness skills, improve your searching and customer service skills, and provide leadership opportunities. 

To learn more about working at the library, visit us at the Foot in the Door Fair this Thursday (8/26) from 4-6pm in the Student Union Ballroom and read about each team below.

User Services Student Assistant
This team of student assistants supports the daily operations of the library. If you’ve visited the library, then you’ve seen a member of this team at our main desk.

Positions available: 8

Students in this department:

  • Staff the main desk
  • Process and shelve books

Apply for this team if you:

  • Enjoy helping people and want to improve your customer service skills
  • Are detail oriented and/or want to improve your organization skills
  • Have a busy schedule – this team provides a wide range of hours, including night and weekend shifts
  • Want to meet new people and word as a team. This is the largest team in the library.

Apply here for the User Services Student Assistant position.  (link to job in career connect)

Library Systems Student Assistant
This team of student assistants support the technology in the library along with our website and our other digital services. When you’re in the building, you might not see this team working, unless they happen to be out in the public areas fixing computers or diagnosing printer problems, but they’re often working hard behind the scenes.

Positions available: 2

Students in this department:

  • Provide first level technical support to faculty, staff and students using our services or equipment
  • Work on special projects that meet the needs of the library but also fit the student employee’s interests/skills
  • Gain a wide range of experience with technology from hardware/software support, programming, data analytics and more

Apply for this team if you:

  • Enjoy helping people and want to improve your customer service skills
  • Want to explore your interests or apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world setting
  • Are interested in gaining or improving your project management skills
  • Want to work in a small, collaborative team environment

Apply here for the Library Systems Position. (link to job in Career Connect)

Research and Outreach Student Assistant

This team-oriented outreach position promotes library collections, resources and services through social media and events. They also staff the library chat service and provide research assistance.

Positions available: 2

Students in this department:

  • Provide peer-to-peer research assistance through the library chat service
  • Promote and represent the library at outreach events
  • Create marketing materials and social media content

Apply for this team if you:

  • Enjoy working on creative projects like creating social media content, writing blog posts or creating videos
  • Are enthusiastic about libraries and research
  • Want to work with a small student team

Apply here for the Research and Outreach Position. (link to job in Career Connect)

Fall 2021 Library Workshops

Your librarians are hosting a series of workshops this fall to help you build up your research skills and get to know the library a bit better. Whether you need help getting started with your research or want to upgrade your search skills to the next level, we have a little something for everyone!

Workshops will be offered multiple times throughout the fall semester.

You can also view all workshops and register at this link.

Library Research 101
Aug. 31, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Sept. 9, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Sept. 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn everything you need to know to get started with Brookens Library. This workshop will provide an introduction to the most highly used library resources and services, including the catalog, library databases, InterLibrary Loan, and research help services. We’ll discuss:

  • Searching for materials in the library catalog
  • Selecting the best databases to search
  • Requesting materials from other libraries

Searching the Library Catalog
Sept. 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sept. 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 16, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Oct. 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nov. 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

This workshop will give you an overview of how to search the library catalog so you can find books, articles and other library materials. Topics include:

  • Searching the catalog for books, articles and media
  • Requesting books from I-Share libraries
  • Accessing your library account

Library Resources for Online Students
Sept. 7, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 14, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sept. 29, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oct. 28, 11:00 – 12:00pm
Nov. 11, 1:00 – 2:00pm

This workshop provides a review of the essential online tools available from Brookens Library to help students locate the sources they need from the comfort of their own home. We’ll discuss:

  • eBooks available through library collections
  • Databases which include articles, primary sources, data, images, media and more
  • Virtual help services

Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar
Sept. 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Sept. 28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Oct. 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nov. 3, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Is Google Scholar a favorite in your research strategy? This workshop will teach you how to use advanced features such as search alerts, metrics, and more. Additional topics covered:

  • Overview of Google Scholar, what it searches, and how to access articles
  • Setting up a Google Scholar profile
  • Linking Google Scholar to Brookens Library
  • Overview of basic and advanced search strategies
  • Understanding the results list and how to manipulate it

Spotting Fake News
Sept. 22, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oct. 5, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Oct. 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nov. 4, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Evaluating online content is complex and incredibly important. This workshop will help you to be a savvier searcher. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about fake news and why it exists
  • Learn about confirmation bias and filter bubbles
  • Learn about tools and criteria for evaluating information on the internet

Finding Articles in Library Databases
Sep. 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Oct. 6, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oct. 14, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Nov. 10, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Learn how easy it is to get exactly what you need for your research when you use the library’s online databases. We’ll give you an overview of Academic Search Complete and share our best tips for locating scholarly articles and narrowing your search to get more relevant information –a must for anyone doing a research paper.

Managing Citations with Zotero
Oct. 19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Nov. 9, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Nov. 17, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn the ins and outs of citation management with Zotero, a tool to make managing your citations, bibliographies, and reference lists easier, saving you valuable time.

Government Information and Statistics
Nov. 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Nov. 30, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Sometimes statistics and official government information is precisely what you need. Find out how to get at these primary sources to support your argument. This workshop will include:

  • Government information in its myriad forms
  • Government statistics for every occasion
  • Statistical Universe database for nuanced research

Intersession and Summer Services

Intersession Library Services

In-building services will be limited to Grab-and-Go during intersession. Service hours can be found on our library hours page.  

May 16 – May 22 – Grab-and-Go 
May 23 – May 29 – Building Closed (online services available)
May 30 – June 5 – Grab-and-Go

We will be closing the building during the second week of intersession, so that staff can conduct training with new student employees and facilities can deep clean some areas of the library.  Books can be returned during this time using the book drops outside of the building.  If you have any question about your library materials or your library account, please contact us.

Summer Semester Hours and Services

In-building services for the summer semester will begin on Monday, June 7th.  Hours of operation can be found on our library hours page.  During the summer semester, the library will be open for use of computers and study areas, printing, browsing the stacks and Grab-and-Go services.  

Online Services

Online services such as our chat service, research consultations, and library databases will be available during the intersession period and summer semester. To chat with us, please visit our website

An Evening with Leslé Honoré: Poet, Author, Artivist

In celebration of the UIS Diversity Center’s End-of-the-Year Black & Hispanic/LatinX and Lavender Graduation, the Friends of Brookens Library present An Evening with Leslé Honoré: Poet, Author, Artivist via Zoom Saturday, May 8th at 6:30PM. The event will be recorded.

About Leslé Honoré:  Leslé Honoré is a Blaxican Poet, artivist, and author of Fist & Fire, a collection of powerful, unflinching poems that confront issues of social justice through the lens of real human lives and voices, and dive into the flames of love within the context of a relationship. In her poetry and life she works to empower youth to find their voices through the arts, and inspire people to stand in the gaps that social, economic, and racial inequities create. Leslé challenges readers, inviting them to think, feel, and consider how to create spaces where everyone can thrive. She hopes that through her work she can help give voices to people who are often silenced, unheard, and feel invisible. Her pieces honoring Vice President Kamala Harris “Brown Girl, Brown Girl” and Doria Ragland went viral on social media and expanded the reach of her work to an international audience.

Born and raised in Gardena, California, she remains deeply rooted in the heritage and culture of her father, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana; and mother, who was born in Sinaloa, Culiacan, Mexico, and immigrated to the US when was 15.  Leslé lives in Chicago with her three phenomenal children: Sage, Solomon, and Scarlett. She believes in HBCU’s and that tacos and gumbo without kale can save the world.

An Evening with Leslé Honoré: Poet, Author, Artivist

Join with this Zoom link:

2021 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce the winners of our Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Award!

We here at Brookens believe that undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. The Friends of Brookens Library funds the $1500 in awards received by students.

The excellent projects submitted this year made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee of Ken Owen, Megan Styles and John Laubersheimer were able to decide upon the winners. 

This year we are honored to recognize the following students for their exceptional research:

1st Place: Alexandra Simpson Complexity in Nature and Humanity in Red Sorghum

2nd Place: Malavika Mujumdar Graphic Poetry as Historical Experience in Naoko Fujimoto’s “Thursdays” and “On A Black Hill”

3rd Place: Benjamin Garrett An Overview of the Life, Extinction, and Possible De-Extinction of Mammuthus Primigenius

4th Place: Rebecca Wheeler Decision Vision II: Investigating the Effects of Mental Simulation on Accuracy During Affect-Induced and Logic-Induced Decisions by Intuitive and Rational Decision Makers​

5th Place: Joshua Melnick Development of DNA Barcoding in Oak Species

A special mention of Rebecca Wheeler’s work is due. Rebecca Wheeler, is a returning Research Award winner. Her entry this year continued the excellent work she submitted in 2020 and for which she won 3rd place: Decision Vision: Utilizing Mental Simulation to Promote Accuracy During Intuitive Decision Making.

The competition was tough this year and all of our submissions were top quality research. A big congratulations for all our winners and all of our entrants! 

Enjoy a Picnic on National Picnic Day

National Picnic Day is today, and the library has everything you will need to make it the best picnic ever.

How can you have a picnic without some great food? Checkout a cookbook to get some recipes ideas!

Try a Balsamic Strawberry Arugula Salad that will be light and delicious on a spring day that comes from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian:

Take some pictures to help commemorate the moment, so check out one of our cameras to capture the moment!

Even if it rains, don’t let the rain stop your fun, check out a Brookens umbrella!

an umbrella

But if the weather is nice, then check out one of our Ollie‘s! A fun little remote controlled robot that can do some cool tricks.

a black Ollie RC vehicle

If you don’t know of any good spots for a picnic, here are some suggestions for places on campus – the Main Quad, the quad between Lincoln Residence Hall and Founders Residence Hall, and the UIS Pond.

There are plenty of other scenic places around campus and around Springfield to have beautiful picnic. This Google Map has even more suggestions.

Come to the library to prepare for a great picnic (while respecting social distancing guidelines)!

Among Us Game Night with the SPARK Team

The end of the semester is only a few weeks away, and that means finals week is also rapidly approaching. That also means the crunch time for papers and studying for finals is coming too. If all this stress is starting to get to you, why not relax a little and play some Among Us!

Event Details:
Monday, April 26, 6pm-7:30pm
Register at to receive the Zoom link.
Note: You must have game downloaded ahead of time.

This event is hosted by the Brookens Library SPARK Team, a team of students who can assist you with library research. Feel free to bring some friends to play with too but make sure they sign up for the even too because we only have a limited amount of spots. This will be real fun game night to meet new people and enjoy a low stress game of Among Us. We can play the regular game, and we can even play a game of Among Us Hide n Seek.

There is no pressure to stay for the whole session; feel free to just play a game or two, or play the whole time. It is also on a day without any classes so that way people with evening classes can join as well.

The red among us character

How To Tuesday: Research Guides

Research guides are a great way to find library databases that best suit your research topic. There are guides for nearly every single major or minor on campus. And even if the resources listed on the research guides are overwhelming, you can set up an appointment with a librarian to help you with your research.

Here are step-by-step instructions for how to use research guides and some of their features.

  1. First, go to the library website and click on Research Guides.
Main webpage for Brookens Library

2. Select the subject most related to your research topic or course. Some of the subjects have dropdown menus for specific courses, as shown for Chemistry, or more specific subjects, as shown for Legal Studies.

Listing of Research Guides at Brookens Library

3. When you click on your subject, you’ll be taken to a guide with a list of some suggested databases and resources to help get you started on your research. Or, you can make an appointment the librarian listed on the page who can discuss with you about how to search a specific database, brainstorm keywords with you and help you find what you might be looking for.

Chem/Bio 301 Research Guide

If you have any questions, contact the library.