New eBook App Replacing cloudLibrary

We’re excited to announce that we are moving to a new eBook and eAudiobook platform: Libby! This will be replacing cloudLibrary on July 1.

Libby will still give you access to a great collection, but will provide you with a better user experience and provide a more seamless login with your NetID and password.

To prepare for this switch, we recommend that you make a list of any books you have saved in cloudLibrary since these will not be transferred over. Once Libby is available, you will need to add them manually to the Libby app. See image below for where to find your Saved list in cloudLibrary.

Saved list in cloudLibrary

More info about this change will be coming soon. For a sneak peek at some of Libby’s features, watch the Meet Libby video.

Friends Annual Dinner and Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Friends of Brookens Library Annual Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, June 14.

This year, we’ll have a special guest speaker, David Finnigan, the author of Thousand-Year Statehouse.

Invite to the Friends Annual Meeting and Dinner

Details:
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
UIS Student Union Ballroom
Cash Bar and Book Exchange at 5:30 pm
Annual Business Meeting and Dinner at 6:00 pm
Guest Speaker at 7:00 pm

$30 for Members/$40 for Non-members

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 7 by calling (217) 206-6597 or by email at libadmin@uis.edu.

UIS Campus Map and Parking Information

Undergraduate Research Award

Research award graphic saying Let the Library Make You a Winner.

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce our eighth 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.

In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize sponsored by the Friends of Brookens Library. This year, $1500 is up for grabs for work you have already done!

  • $500 for first place
  • $400 for second place
  • $300 for third place
  • $200 for fourth place
  • $100 for fifth place

Over the years, UIS students have submitted some truly amazing work to the Research Award. The breadth and depth of topics has been astounding and the quality of the research has been awe inspiring. As we open up submission forms for this year’s award, we look forward to seeing even more of our UIS students’ excellent work.

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a two-step process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form on the Undergraduate Research Award website.

Step 2) One of the Brookens librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box.

Respectfully, we request that you do not send in your project materials until instructed to do so.

The deadline to apply is April 29, 2022.

Judging will be conducted by a panel of diverse faculty from varying disciplines using a scoring rubric you can find on the research award website.

Spring 2022 Library Workshops

Your librarians are hosting a series of workshops this spring 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 spring semester.

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

Library Research 101
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:

  • Navigating the library website to discover library resources and services
  • Searching for books in the library catalog
  • Selecting the best library databases to search for articles
  • Requesting materials from other libraries

Dates and Times: February 1 at 7pm, February 9 at 7pm, March 24 at 2pm, April 6 at 7pm

Searching the Library Catalog
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 that aren’t available at UIS from I-Share libraries
  • Accessing your library account

Dates and Times: February 16 at 7pm

Library Resources for Online Students
This workshop provides a review of the essential online tools available from Brookens Library to help students locate the eBooks and articles they need from the comfort of their own home. We’ll discuss:

  • Navigating the library website to discover online library resources and services
  • eBooks available through library collections
  • Accessing and searching for articles in library databases

Dates and Times: February 2 at 7pm, February 8 at 7pm, April 7 at 2pm

Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar
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

Dates and Times: February 24 at 2pm, March 2 at 7pm, March 31 at 2pm

Spotting Fake News
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

Dates and Times: February 17 at 2pm, March 9 at 7pm, April 13 at 7pm

Finding Articles in Library Databases
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.

Dates and Times: February 10 at 2pm, February 23 at 2pm, March 30 at 7pm

Managing Citations with Zotero
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.

Dates and Times: March 10 at 2pm, March 23 at 7pm

Government Information and Statistics
Sometimes statistics and official government information are precisely what you need. Find out how to access 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

Dates and Times: March 2 at 7pm, March 3 at 2pm, April 14 at 2pm

Spring 2022 Library Hours

Welcome back! Brookens Library hours for the spring 2022 semester are listed below:

Sunday: 2 pm – 8 pm
Monday: 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 1 pm
Saturday: Closed

Hours are subject to change. Visit our full service hours here.

Research help is available via chat, email, or setting up a research appointment with a librarian. Check our library FAQs for quick answers to common questions.

Online library resources, including databases and eBooks, are accessible through the library’s website 24/7. Search our catalog to find and request books from UIS or other I-Share libraries. Visit our research guides to find recommended databases and online resources to help you get started on your research.

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