Welcome To UIS!

Welcome to the 2019 Spring Semester at the University of Illinois Springfield. At the Library, we offer both resources and services to help you make the most of your time at UIS. On our website you will find access to our wide variety of databases. Not sure how to get started? Here you will find research help by subject or you can book a Research Consultation with one of our friendly Librarians.

Did you know we have a free app where you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks? It’s true! Simply download the cloudLibrary app and enjoy easy access to thousands of free eBooks/eAudiobooks!

We also have a growing Collection of “Things” called the Library of Things!  We have home and kitchen items, board games, and lots of technology for you to check out for FREE! Interested in learning to use a DSLR camera? No problem, we have that. Have a sewing project but no machine? We’ve got you covered! Need a graphing calculator for class? We have several available for FREE checkout! See what all we have available here!

Last semester we refreshed the Main Level by renovating the space and adding comfortable furniture, collaborative workstations, and computer desks to give you plenty of options to suit your needs. We designed this floor to be flexible, so you’ll notice almost all the furniture is on wheels so you can move it when and where you need it.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

HTT: Beat Finals Week Stress with Cookies and Crafts!

This week’s installment of How-To Tuesdays focuses on how the stress of Finals Week can cause even the closest of friends to argue. Megan and Taylor have never gotten into an argument, but there is a first time for everything. Read on to see what happens!!

Phew! Thankfully Megan and Taylor will remain friends. We encourage all of you to take care of yourselves this week. Take breaks. Take breaths. Stop by the Library’s Lower Level to make crafts and decorate cookies. We hope to see you all there!

Cookies Decorating & Crafts!

The end of the year can be stressful! Take a quick break from your studies to decorate cookies & make some easy crafts! 

Tuesday, December 11

2:00  – 4:00 pm

Library Lower Level

Cereal Bar December 10th

Monday, December 10 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Brookens Library Lower Level

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 10) from 4:00 -7:00 pm. Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

Happy Birthday Library of Things Collection!

This month our Library of Things collection turns one, and we’re so excited to celebrate.  Conceived of as a collection to provide patrons with access to equipment and tech that is either too specialized or expensive for personal ownership – like a GoPro camera kit, or items such as phone chargers for the days when you forget yours at home.  Our little collection of things has become one of our most popular services and has grown quite a bit during its first year. 

If you’re not yet familiar with the Library of Things collection, now is the perfect time to get acquainted.  The collection has three major categories, Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Board Games.  Whether you’re looking to spend time with friends over a game of Battle for Hogwarts, try out a new soup recipe with the immersion blender, or want to try your hand at podcasting with our Yeti Microphone, the Library of Things collection has you covered. 

Want to help us celebrate this important milestone?  Start by helping the collection continue to develop into the best collection it can be by suggesting a thing. You can also join us for the Library of Things Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, November 27th from 4-7pm.  Stop by and explore the collection and have some fun with robot races, board games, and more!  

Native American Heritage Month

In honor of November being Native American Heritage Month, Brookens Library is highlighting some of its resources that focus on the rich history, the variety of cultures and the many contributions of Native Americans to our world.

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with other museums and archives, created the Native American Heritage Month web portal, which features a collection of exhibits, images, audio and video that highlights the important contributions made by the indigenous people of America.

Interested in learning Cherokee? Our Mango Languages database provides language lessons on Cherokee grammar, vocabulary and culture. Just go to their page to set up your free account and get started in minutes.

To find more facts on Native American tribes, try the eHRAF database, a great library resource for finding information about different cultures around the world.

If looking for more books to add to your TBR list, check out the works of these Native American authors – Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

We encourage you to learn more about Native American peoples and their heritage, no matter what month it is. For more information on Native American Heritage Month, click here.

Lots of Ways to Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In case you missed our post earlier this month, check out all the ways you can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month. From free access to online resources to special events hosted both on campus and in the Springfield community, there is something for everyone!

Brookens Library is proud to offer a robust online collection of arts resources:

Streaming Media

BBC Shakespeare Plays

This collection provides access to the 37 Shakespeare plays produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online brings together over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, opening new paths for the study of music in its cultural context.

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Sound files of traditional music from around the world, plus notes, images, video, and lesson plans. Search by culture, genre, instrument, year, etc.

Theatre in Video

Contains streaming video performances of major plays along with film documentaries. Includes important actors, directors and playwrights.


The Bibliography of the History of Art

Saskia Art Images


Project Muse

Oxford Music Online

Brookens Library also has a large collection of print art resources located in the N section of the library on the 4th floor.

For National Arts and Humanities Month, we’d like to encourage you to support the arts at UIS and in the greater Springfield area. Here is a list of art shows and venues in the area:

UIS Visual Arts Gallery

Let the fancy

Curated by Jeff Robinson and Allison Lacher

September 27 – October 18

Love You Bro

Artist Stephanie Graham

October 25 – November 15

Reception November 1, 6:30-8pm


ECCE Lecture:

Tempestt Hazel & Stephanie Graham – Spielberg, Diddy, and Me

Nov 1, 5:30pm, Brookens Auditorium


UIS Theatre

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Performances: October 19 – 27

UIS Sangamon Auditorium:


Whose Live Anyway?

October 6, 8pm


Bicentennial Celebration – Illinois Symphony Orchestra

October 20, 7:30pm


Straight No Chaser – One Shot Tour

October 28, 7pm


Hoogland Center for the Arts:

Bonnie and Clyde

October 12 – 21


Rocky Horror Show – Live!

October 25 – 27


Halloween Spooktacular Symphony Concert

October 30


The Pharmacy

The Mother Road

September 22 – October 22

Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm


Open Studio – Draw, Sketch, Paint

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm


Springfield Art Association

Sangamon Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

October 3-27

Reception Friday, October 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm

6X6 Art Raffle

October 18, 6-8pm




Fall Faculty Workshops

The Faculty Development Office is sponsoring a number of workshops this fall and the library in coordination with other units are presenting information on a broad number of topics throughout the fall semester. The full calendar can be found on their website, https://www.uis.edu/fdo/. If interested in any of the events listed below, Reservations are requested but not required (RSVP to: facultydevelopment@uis.edu)

For October there are workshops on Open Educational Resources and Bibliographic Management tools such as EndNote Web and related tools to help researchers and students organize information and manage citations. Interested graduate students are encouraged to attend the workshop on Bibliographic Management tools, so be sure to pass this along to them. In November the library is participating in workshops devoted to UIS’ Baccalaureate Information Literacy Requirement and strategies to ensuring students acquire these important skills and a workshop highlighting services and support available from the Library, COLRS, and ITS to ensure a successful spring semester. The dates and locations plus additional information are provided below. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 30, 12-1 pm, PAC H – “Scholarship Tools”

Common Bibliographic Management Tools such as EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, and Mendeley can greatly ease the process of organizing your research and creating bibliographies. This workshop will demonstrate how they work, discuss the benefits they can provide, and help you consider which tool might be best for you.

Presented by H. Stephen McMinn, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communication, Brookens Library

Tuesday, November 6, 12-1 pm, PAC G – “UIS’ Baccalaureate Information Literacy Requirement”

Information Literacy is one of the baccalaureate goals of UIS. The phrase itself is bandied about quite a bit by academics.  But what is it really and why should we care?   This conversation will focus on the newly established Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Presented by Pamela M. Salela, Associate Professor, Library Instructional Services; Nancy Weichert, Clinical Assistant Professor, Library Instructional Services; and Sally LaJoie, Clinical Assistant Professor, Library Instructional Services

Wednesday, November 7, 12-1 pm, PAC H – “Gearing Up for Spring”

As the pace of Fall semester escalates, it will be time to start thinking about spring courses.  Learn what resources the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS), the Accessibility Office, Brookens Library, and Information Technology Services (ITS) can provide to help you prepare. This workshop will cover the breadth of services at UIS to support your teaching.  Learn how to get help with making your materials accessible.  Get help with using course reserves in the library or online, linking to library sources, and using Intellus to find and use Open Educational Resources. Learn how to use copyrighted materials and stay on the right side of the law.  This is a one-stop workshop. Find out what these support teams can do to help ensure that you and your students are successful.

Presented by Vance Martin, Campus Accessibility Specialist, COLRS; H. Stephen McMinn, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communication, Brookens Library; and Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director, Client Services, ITS


Flannel FriYAY! November 9th

It’s Flannel FriYAY!!!!!

The seasons are changing and the weather is getting cooler! What better way to celebrate the fall season than to wear out your favorite flannel? Come out to Brookens Library on Friday, November 9th for Flannel FriYay!

We will be celebrating all things fall with treats and plenty of fun! What better way to get into the season by wearing flannel clothing? Hope to see you there!

Fall Fright Night October 19

You’re Invited to Fall Fright Night!!!

This year for the first time ever there will be two haunted experiences for you to take part in. Both events will be on October 19th!

Haunted Library ESCAPE!!! 

Brookens Library – 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

House of Horror

Student Union Ballroom – 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Come if you dare!!!