How to Tuesday: Whiteboards

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. 

Image of movie night advertisement indicating that Movie Night at the Library is on Wednesday march 27th at 9pm on the main level of 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. 

Photo of white board in the library asking patrons what they would like to see added to the library of things collection.

How to Tuesday: Destress

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.

Photo of students at lego table.

Stop by our display on the second floor, check-out some resources, stop by the lego table, and start relaxing today.

Research Help

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 – – and click on Research Help followed by Contact a Librarian 

Image of the library website homepage.

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. 

Image of the Contact a Librarian webpage.

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. 

Image of a white board advertising drop-in research help.

How To Tuesday: New Year, New Foods!

New Year, New Foods!

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.

Monthly Displays on Display!

Monthly Displays at Brookens Library

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.

How To Tuesday – Study Spots!

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!


How-To-Tuesday: Double Feature!

The beginning of the 2018-2019 Academic Year can only mean one thing: The return of How-To-Tuesdays or HTT!

This week you are in for a treat, a HTT double feature! We will help you learn how to find the library during the Main Floor Renovation project & how to create your Library Account online!

First up is How to Find the Library:

Now that you know how to find us in person, let’s optimize your online experience by learning how to Create Your MyLibrary Account: