Browsing Brookens: New and Popular Books

Hello friends and users of Brookens! This is the third week of our Browsing Brookens Collections Series for our How To Tuesday feature. Last week we broke down the Library of Congress call number system and explored the General Collection on the fourth floor. This week the SPARK Team is excited to be showing you our New and Popular Book Collections and how to browse them.

The New Book Collection can be found directly across from the circulation desk on the main floor. These are academic books that are new to the library. A circular blue sticker with the word “New” is placed on the binding just above the call number. Similar to the General Collection, they are organized by call number.

The Popular Book Collection is comprised of fiction and nonfiction books that are especially popular right now. Many of these titles will be on display at your local book store as well. These are also organized by call number. All of the books in the popular collection can be distinguished by a small white sticker directly above the call number that says “popular”.

You can look for specific titles in these collections by searching the main search bar on the Brookens Library homepage. If you can’t find the book you want at Brookens, you can search for the book via I-Share and request it from another library. If you have questions regarding these collections, the availability of a book, or anything else library related, please don’t hesitate to ask the circulation desk.

Browsing Brookens: Finding Books by Call Number

Looking for a book or two for your assignment? Not sure how to find them on the 4th floor of our library? Last week, we talked about how to read a call number, so this week we have a new short video tutorial on how to locate any book you are searching for by call number.

Browsing Brookens: Understanding Call Numbers

Have you ever wondered how our library books are organized on the shelves? Books in our library are organized by Library of Congress call numbers – the numbers on the spine of the book – which is why you always need the call number when looking for a book in our General Collection up on the 4th floor of Brookens. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subject so knowing how our books are organized will help you find your books a bit more easier.

Here’s a quick video to introduce you to understanding how our books are organized and using library call numbers to find a book you are looking for.

How to Check Your Library Account

Welcome back! We hope that your winter break was wonderful and you were able to enjoy the break from your studies. This week, the SPARK Team is bringing you some information on how to check your library account during the semester.

  1. Go to the Brookens Library homepage.

2. Next, locate the purple circle below the main search box that says “My Accounts,” and click on it. Select the “My Library Account” option from the drop down box.

Shows when to find My Library Account on Brookens Library webpage

3. Clicking on this link will take you to a new page that will prompt you to log in with either your NetID, or library card barcode if you do not have a NetID.

Shows when to Login with your NetID

4. Once you log in, the webpage will have several options on the right side.

Image of main webpage of Your Account
  • Saved Items. The first one that you will see is “Saved Items.” This tab is where you can save items when searching on the main page to come back to later.
  • Checked Out Items. By clicking on this link, it will show the current materials you have checked out under your account. This is where you can renew the due dates of your materials without having to come into Brookens.
  • Requested Items. If you have requested any library materials from Brookens Library or I-Share, you can see the status of those requests or have the option to cancel the requests.
  • Fines. This will show any fines that are currently on your account.
  • Profile. This tab simply shows your personal account such as your address, contact information, name, and which library you prefer to pick your books up at when you request books.

If you ever have difficulty with something on your account, or are unsure about what something means, you can always contact the Circulation Desk located on the main floor of Brookens, and they will be happy to help you! We hope that you have a great semester and are looking forward to bringing you some helpful tips and tricks each Tuesday this semester!

HTT: Resources for Coping with Finals Week Stress

Thank you for tuning in to the last How To Tuesday of the semester.  At Brookens Library, we know how stressful finals week can be, and we want to offer up some helpful information for coping with stress and anxiety.

With final papers and projects due soon, we know that having adequate sources and citations are imperative to having a successful finals week. Located in front of the librarian suites on the main floor we have a stand with pamphlets and flyers regarding different citation styles including MLA, APA and Chicago. 

Flyer stand in the library with flyers on citation styles, library resources, and coping with stress.

If you look below the citation flyers we have pamphlets from the American College Health Association and the UIS Counseling Center regarding stress, anxiety, and some tips for managing them.  Not only is there information for managing stress, but there is also information about recognizing the symptoms of stress and anxiety in yourself.  Stop by and pick one up to get you through these trying times.

Vending machines in the tunnel between Brookens Library and PAC.

Finally, if you are up late studying in the library and need a snack or energy boost, don’t forget about the vending machines located in the tunnel between Brookens and PAC.  You can access this tunnel from the first floor of the library or the stairway just inside the main library entrance to the right.     

Thank you for tuning in and we’ll see you next semester! 

How to Destress at the Library

As you know, we are quickly approaching the end of the semester and to call these last couple of weeks hectic would be a gross understatement. Fortunately, Brookens Library and the SPARK Team will have your back every step of the way with extended service hours, destressing activities, and light snacks and beverages. 

From Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6, we will have destressing tables available on the main floor of Brookens. In addition to the Lego tables and kinetic sand, materials for origami, sticker posters, coloring, crossword puzzles will also be available if you are looking for a quick study break.

Color your stress away!

Coloring pages

Take five with a quick and easy puzzle!

Puzzle pieces from a puzzle

Craft an origami frog or cat!

Origami with instruction pages

Brookens Library will open for extended hours throughout this week. From Monday, December 2 through Thursday, December 5, Brookens will be open until 3am with snacks and hot beverages available at 10pm each night.  On Friday, December 6, the library will be open until 9pm. 

How To Tuesday: Holiday Special Edition

Welcome back to How To Tuesday! This week we are bringing you our holiday special. Being a student during the holiday season can be tough.  Many of our families live far away and often we don’t get to see them as much as we would like. This week, we are showing you a few things available for checkout that might make your student holiday a bit more enjoyable. Whether it’s hosting a Friendsgiving or capturing the perfect memory on camera, Brookens Library has got you covered.

Located in the Library of Things we have a variety of cookware that can be used to make some of your favorite holiday dishes. Cupcake/muffin pans, cake pans, a springform pan, a rolling pin, a food scale, and a hand mixer are all available for checkout at the front desk on the main floor. Additionally, we have multiple cameras available for checkout ensuring lots of holiday picture taking.   

Our “Awkward Family Gatherings” Feature Film DVD binge kits provides the perfect opportunity for comedic relief when distant relatives inquire about your relationship/job status. We even have Blu-ray DVD players available for checkout for both laptop use and TV setups.

Thank you for tuning in, and we look forward next week’s How To Tuesday.

Have a good week!

How To Tuesday: ESL and Curriculum Books

Welcome back to How To Tuesday where the SPARK team brings you the ultimate weekly guide to navigating Brookens Library.  This week is an exciting week for us and many institutions as it is International Education Week! So this How To Tuesday we are showing you where our Curriculum Collection is as well as highlighting some of the resources that can be found in it. Furthermore, we explore the English as a Second Language (ESL) collection.  We hope you enjoy!

The Curriculum Collection is currently housed on the fourth floor and contains many of the books you probably read with your teacher in kindergarten through high school. Titles like the Divergent series and The Hunger Games can be found here. Additionally, there are many “Teacher Edition” books available for checkout. These often include notes, answers, and lesson plan advice. Books in the Curriculum Collection can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time with 1 renewal available. There is also seating and coffee tables located in the Curriculum Collection for optimal browsing. 

Photo of the English as Second Language collection

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Collection is located on the main floor, directly to the left of the librarian suite. Books located in this collection are aimed at increasing one’s proficiency and comfort with the English language. These books can be checked out for up to 4 weeks and are allowed 1 renewal.  

As always if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to approach the circulation desk.  Thank you for tuning in this week and we look forward to next week’s How To Tuesday.

Feature Films & Binge Kits

Hi y’all!

Welcome back to How to Tuesday. Finding movies online can be frustrating and often requires a monthly subscription for access to just a limited selection.  If you are tired of paying for movie rentals and subscriptions, Brookens Library has a wide variety of popular movies and T.V. shows.  This week, we are bringing you information on our collection and how you can access it.  

Feature Film Collection

Picture of the Feature Film Collection in Brookens Library.

Our Feature Film collection is located near the rear of the main floor and contains hundreds of movies available for check out.  In addition, our video collection is located in the same area and contains many documentaries and educational videos available for class, or recreational viewing.  We are always adding new titles and our display provides for optimal browsing experiences.  Looking for a specific movie or show?  Don’t hesitate to ask about it at the circulation desk. 

Binge Kits

Additionally, these colder months are perfect for grabbing a DVD Binge Kit and hibernating inside.  The Binge Kits contain 3 feature films from the same genre and can be found on the main floor of Brookens Library, near the front.  Upon checking out a Binge Kit you will also receive candy of your choice AND a bag of popcorn to complete your movie night.  You can check out up to three movies at a time or one binge kit for up to a week. 

As always, thank you for reading and be sure to tune in next week’s How to Tuesday.