We love getting feedback from our patrons! Every few weeks we write a question on one of our whiteboards asking for your suggestion for the library.
Thanks to the responses on our whiteboard asking what types of events you would like to see, the library has a movie night planned for tomorrow – Wednesday March 27th at 9pm.
Come watch Jurassic Park with us and snack on some delicious popcorn!
One of our most popular collections is our Library of Things Collection. So this week, we’re asking you what items we should consider adding to the Library of Things. Some of the suggestions we’ve received so far are shown in the image below. If you’ve got a great idea, stop by and add to the list. There are many more questions to come, so be sure to check back in a few weeks to see how else you can help make Brookens Library even better.
It’s week 7 of the semester, and things have definitely been kicked into high gear. So this week for our How to Tuesday, we’re focusing on de-stressing.
Our displays have a new look for March! This month’s themes are de-stressing through laughter and preparing for Spring Break with our audiobook collection. The space looks a little something like this:
And don’t forget our Lego table if you need to take a study break.
Stop by our display on the second floor, check-out some resources, stop by the lego table, and start relaxing today.
As your semester gets underway, you can rest assured that Brookens offers a variety of ways to get help with your research.
1. Research Guides
This How-to Tuesday video discusses how to access our online Research Guides. When Taylor struggles with negative feedback she received from her professor regarding the sources she used for her research paper, what can she do? Where should she start? Surely the library has something that can help her with this problem. It does! They’re called Research Guides. Watch the video now to learn more.
2. Set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our Librarians
That’s right! All you need to do is go to our homepage – www.library.uis.edu – and click on Research Help followed by Contact a Librarian
You’ll click your area of research from the dropdown menu and information about your specific subject area Librarian will appear. Click on Make an Appointment with… to select a date and time that works for you.
3. Walk-In Research Help
Beginning January 29, we will be offering walk-in research help from 3:00-6:00 PM every Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no need to make an appointment, just come on in and chat with one our of Librarians about your research questions.
Welcome to the Spring 2019 semester! We realize that a new year and new semester can inspire folks to revisit old habits and dive into new hobbies – including cooking! Our January display on the Main Level of Brookens Library is devoted to those who wish to try something new with food. Maybe you want to learn how Alton Brown makes Butterscotch Puddin’. We have that. Maybe you’re curious about how Jon Faverau would go about starting a food truck operation? We also have that. Stop by the Library today and check out some of these delicious items.
We also have a variety of kitchen and household items available for check out to help with your food endeavors. Take a look at our Library of Things Home and Kitchen items to see if they can help you fulfill your yummy, culinary goals.
The “How to Tuesday” Team want to wish you a happy almost-November! We update our displays monthly with a different rotation of hand selected books and movies. We try to relate them to campus events, monthly celebrations, or whatever quirky topic we feel like showcasing.
Pictured are the October displays that feature items connected to UIS’ Queertober and Fright Night
For the month of November, we are connecting our displays to the 41st International Festival (occurring on November 2nd at TRAC) and to National Young Readers Week which is celebrated during the second week of November. We are showcasing several young adult and children’s books as well as books on international or multicultural subject matter and/or books written by international authors.
Binge Kits will also be updated!
Stop by and check out our displays (and literally check out the items on them) and have a serendipitous experience! There is always something new to peruse.
As midterms creep up on us all (can you believe it’s October??), we at Brookens Library welcome all patrons to our unique study spaces.
The first floor is not a quiet floor and is perfect for collaborative work. Look at Megan and Taylor having brain blasts!
The library stairwell lounges located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are also great for collaborative work. We have whiteboards and markers available for you to jot down all your brilliant notes and ideas. These collaborative spaces are also great for working alone if you don’t mind a little background noise.
Quiet study locations are found on the 3rd and 4th floors. When it is time to hunker down and focus on that reading or essay, get comfortable in our quiet and peaceful cubbies and tables.
On our quiet floors there are a few locations like lounges (pictured above) and large tables to also study quietly with friends. Or get into passionate—yet hushed— debates!
Finally, if you are someone who finds that their best work occurs when surrounded by nature, Brookens Library has plenty of tables to sit at outside.
Come seek out your perfect study spot at Brookens Library! Happy learning!