National Library Week: Renovation!

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.


NLW! Need Research Help? Consultation Services

It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. So far we have covered our Popular Collections, Awesome Online Resources like Mango and cloudLibrary and the Library of Things! Today we are featuring our Consultation Services!

Do you have a paper due? Need sources?

Ask a librarian!

There are many ways you can connect with a librarian.

You can schedule an appointment:

You can stop by the main library desk and ask for a librarian.

You can look for a librarian at a pop-up desk. We’ll be setting up pop-up help desks in the library and elsewhere on campus to assist you with all of your library research needs. We will be easy to spot!

Please let us know what places, days, and times you’d like to see us pop-up and we’ll make it happen.
Contact Librarian Nancy Weichert at: to set up a Consultation pop-up!

The librarians at Brookens Library are here to support you through the research process, from finding and evaluating sources to choosing and refining a topic. We’re here to help you succeed!

NLW: Library of THINGS!!

It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. So far we have covered our Popular Collections, Awesome Online Resources like Mango and cloudLibrary and we touched on the Library of Things, but it’s such an awesome part of the library, it deserved it’s own post!

The Library of Things is a newer collection to Brookens that includes items ranging from board games to cake pans to chargers and more! Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library. You may only borrow up to 3 items at one time with a borrowing periods ranging from 1 to 7 days with no renewals.

Megan & Taylor share some important insight on the Library of Things here:

You can also check out a sampling of what is available to you! (Click to enlarge & scroll through!) You can also SUGGEST A THING! In other words, if you don’t have something in our Library of Things Collection that you think we should purchase, let us know. We try our best to serve our students, faculty and staff by keeping collections like this relevant and useful!



How-To-Tuesday: National Library Week Edition

It’s National Library Week!!

In this week’s installment, Megan wears a blazer and interviews a colorful group of patrons about what they love most about Brookens Library. You’ll definitely want to check out this woman on the street style report that Taylor’s mouth describes as “honest and hard hitting”.

NLW! Mango & cloudLibrary

It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. Yesterday, we featured our Popular Collections. Today we will be touching on some of our Awesome Online Resources like Mango, CloudLibrary and LibGuides!

Mango: Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Now’s your chance! Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn a variety of languages. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s FREE!!! You can start learning a new language, get assistance with English as a second language, or continue to master your language skills, Mango is an exciting tool made available to the UIS campus through Brookens.

Please create a free account to track your lessons. Also available as an app for iPhone®, iPod touch® and Android™.  Get started today! 

cloudLibrary: The cloudLibrary App is an innovative way to browse, borrow, and read popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks from Brookens Library.  You will need a valid iCard to get started. The great thing about cloudLibrary is that the app can be downloaded directly to your device, so you have access to thousands of FREE eBooks and eAudiobooks wherever you are! We recently added over 19,000 eAudiobook titles to our already expansive collection so there is sure to be something for everyone! For more detailed information about cloudLibrary and how to get started visit:

National Library Week!

It’s National Library Week!

Each day this week we will be highlighting our contributions to the UIS campus, and featuring our newest collections, unique services, and upcoming projects. We also will be asking for your feedback this week on how we can enhance our collections, improve our services and reimagine our spaces.

Today we will be highlighting our popular collections! What are our popular collections? Think of it as things you want to read, watch, or listen to for fun! We also have a new collection of “Things” you can check out: home and kitchen items, technology, and a wide variety of games.

1.) Browsing: We have designed this collection to feel like you are at your favorite book store, where you can browse the aisles for something new to read. While much of our collection is academic in nature, the browsing collection is where you will find both fiction and nonfiction tiles, award-winning reads, cookbooks, graphic novels, YA favorites, and more. Stop by, take a look around and find something that speaks to you. This collection is located on the main floor of the Library.

Don’t see what your looking for? You can also SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase

2.) Popular Films:

We have greatly expanded our Popular Film Collection! Here you will find wide and diverse, browsable selection of both DVD & Blue-ray titles. We work hard to ensure our collection is up-to-date, purchasing new releases, box-office hits, and of course classic favorites, and cult classics. For many of the new releases we are able to get the film to the shelve BEFORE RED BOX!!!

If you don’t see your favorite film in our collection you can SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase.  This collection is located on the main floor of Brookens Library.

3.) Library of Things: 

This non-traditional collection is all about enhancing campus life through our library resources.  Currently, the collection has 3 major groupings – Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Games.  Here is a list of some of the individual items you can find in each area:

  • Home and Kitchen: cake pans, a blender, hand mixers, pasta maker, sewing machine, umbrellas, and more.
  • Technology: Raspberry Pi, Shero Ollie, device charging cords, portable chargers, and more.
  • Games: Chess, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Sushi Go Party!, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, and more.

Check out our Library of Things page for all of our offerings in each area.  

Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library.  You may borrow up to 3 items at one time with borrowing periods ranging from 6 hours to 7 days.

Don’t see what you need? You can SUGGEST AN ITEM for purchase!

Library Bill of Rights, Article V

It’s National Library Week, April 9-15!

People often don’t know much about the work that libraries do, or that there is a Library Bill of Rights. That’s right, we have our own guiding principles that help determine how we serve our patrons and communities. We hope you learn a little big more of our library, our librarians and the Library Bill of Rights during National Library Week.

Throughout National Library Week, the Faculty at Brookens Library will be sharing a blog series expounding on each article of the Library Bill of Rights. Each of the 6 principles in the Library Bill of Rights broadly outlines an ideal that librarians support and upon which they model behavior, practice, and services. As with most ideals, pursuit of the tenets of the Library Bill of Rights is not an effortless task. Each of the points we’ll be discussing come with their own special challenges and obstacles. Today we are featuring Article V.


Article V.  A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

In many ways, libraries are the great equalizer. No matter your educational background, your age, your beliefs, or any other aspect of your identity, libraries are open to all, so that all may obtain the resources they need. Creating and maintaining diverse collections, providing unfiltered access to the Internet, and making costly subscription-based online resources available is our foundation. But these collections and services would be meaningless if we limited access to select groups of people. For that reason, I find article 5 of the Library Bill of Rights to be the most impactful.

As an academic library serving a campus community, our primary focus is the university’s student, staff, and faculty. But our resources and services are not limited to those populations. Our doors are open to all. Research is not exclusively done by those with access to a college education. Using computers and the internet are more increasingly the only way to participate in certain basic functions of daily life, and information literacy is not a skill just for the classroom, but for life. Serving Springfield and beyond is an important part of our job.

This openness extends beyond serving patrons who are not affiliated with our university, but has a much broader scope. Brookens, like all libraries adhering to the Library Bill of Rights, places no limitations on patrons based on their origin, age, background, or views. Just like we make both sides of the issue available in our collections, we make that collection available to those with beliefs on either side of the issue, as well as those in-between and undecided. Additionally, we make no assumptions about what people of particular groups will want or need when providing resources. Instead, deciding what resources are appropriate or of interest is entirely up to each individual to decide, and they will be able to do so without censorship or judgment.

It is our honor to serve our UIS community as well as the community at-large and our responsibility to continue to advocate for their right to access the information all of our patrons need or desire.

Written By: Sarah Sagmoen, Director of Learning Commons and User Services