Nachos for Norris Nation! Learn More


The library is launching a new student organization called Norris Nation. This group will give you a chance to engage with the library at special Norris Nation events. Here you can provide feedback on what you think the library does well, where you think we can improve, and what you would like to see the library do more of, or add to its services and/or resources.  Every time a member of Norris Nation participates at an event, they move along the Norris Nation pathway in the UIS Connection system, with various points along the pathway earning you special Norris Nation swag!

NACHO BAR! Our first event is this Friday (Sept. 8)!  It’s an after-hours event at the library, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and involves a free nacho bar. Who doesn’t love nachos!?!? The event is listed on UIS Connection. Feel free to RSVP in advance (not required.)


Oct. 20 – Haunted Library – Norris Nation Members will get a special goodie bag

Nov. 16 – Movie Night at the Library @ 9pm 

Dec. 12 – Cookie Decorating at the Library 2-5pm

Board Game Day: Thursday Sept 7th

On Thursday, September 7th, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Stars Café (Brookens Library Lower Level) from 5:00 -7:00 pm.

Stop by anytime between 5:00-7:00 pm to try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy some snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem!  We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.

Brookens Library is as much a social, collaborative space as it is an educational one. Board games have educational, recreational, and social value and can serve as the catalysts for the connection of communities.

We hope to see you on September 7th!


Binge Kits: Curated DVD Kits!

Not sure what to watch next?  Our new Binge Kits are a great solution to that problem!  Each binge kit is a curated trio of movies centered around a theme.  And bonus – every time you check out a binge kit, you get a free bag of microwavable popcorn and candy to munch on while enjoying your movie-fest.  Some of this month’s binge kits include:


All about Austen

Underdog Sports Stories

Dance Dance Dance


And more…

New binge kits will come out each month. Happy bingeing!!

Labor Day Weekend Movie Special!!!

Labor Day Weekend Movie Special

 After the excitement of the first week of classes, the long Labor Day weekend is a great time to rest and enjoy some downtime.  There’s no better way to do that then with some friends, some movies, and some snacks and we’re here to help you host that much needed movie night.  During the Labor Day weekend (Friday Sept. 1 – Sunday Sept. 3), if you come to the library and check out 3 DVDs from our Feature Film Collection, we’ll give you a bag of microwavable popcorn and candy.  With the variety of our film collection, there’s something for every body from new releases to old favorites.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!  

Join A MARCH Book Club & Receive a FREE Book!

John_lewis_official_biopicOne Book, One UIS:  We are eagerly looking forward to the One Book, One UIS events this year. MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year.  Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at the University of Illinois Springfield in conjunction with the program.

Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets (FREE) are required for the event and can be acquired through the Sangamon Auditorium in person or by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160.

March Book One  - One Book, One UIS 2015As part of the overall One Book, One UIS Program we have created Book Discussion Groups or Book Clubs. We have 4 different dates and times available for you to choose from. Slots are limited to 12 per section to be sure to sign up early. Participants will receive a free copy of MARCH Book One.  Sign up today!

Brookens Library Undergraduate Student Research Award: Apply Today!

Brookens Library Student Research Award Now Accepting Applications

 Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Student Research Award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250.


  • Open to undergraduate students enrolled at University of Illinois Springfield in any academic level for the current academic year. All disciplines are eligible.
  • The paper, project or poster must be tied to a specific UIS course or other appropriate undergraduate research projects (i.e.: StARS Symposium).
  • Submissions must be from the current or previous academic year.
  • Individual or team submissions are allowed (in the event a team submission wins the award, the prize will be split among the team members).
  • The paper, project or poster must be completed at the time of submission.
  • All submissions must contain an element of library research that demonstrates the use of primary and/or secondary sources. This could be a literature review, an annotated bibliography or other means of documentation appropriate to the project submitted.
  • The submitted paper or project must have a reference list (works cited).
  • All applicants must agree to give the library permission to upload winning papers/projects to the campus institutional repository (IDEALS).

Your complete application must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • A 700-1000 word abstract introducing the research question being answered by the submission. Include a discussion of hypotheses, methodology and/or results when appropriate.
  • A final version of the research paper, project or poster presentation.
  • A bibliography or other appropriate list of sources consulted/works cited.
  • A statement of support from the UIS faculty member who taught the course or administered the research project for which the paper/project/poster was originally submitted.


Evaluation Committee

A committee comprised of librarians and faculty members from different disciplines will judge all submissions.

Evaluation criteria:

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to select, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate library resources and successfully use them in the creation of a research project or paper.
  • Evidence of significant scholastic and/or personal learning and the development of a steady research pattern or habits that can be utilized in future academic endeavors.
  • Ability to describe and analyze the applicant’s research strategies, techniques, and learning process.
  • Originality/uniqueness of the project/topic, mastery of content (appropriate to class level), clear writing, and overall quality of the project.

Deadlines and important dates:

  • Application forms are due by March 23, 2015. The online application form is available here:
  • All remaining application materials are due by 5pm on March 23, 2015.
  • The winner will be announced at the StARS conference on April 3, 2015.
 Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant’s academic level and the requirements of the discipline.

Book Sale: This Friday, Oct 4 (9am -4pm)

The annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale is the Friday of Homecoming Week at the University of Illinois Springfield. This is your chance to stock up on books that range in price from only $0.50 to $3:00. Come out and see us and SAVE!

Date: Friday, October 4

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: BRK 140 (lower level – through media lab)

Book Sale 2013

Book Sale Friday Oct 14

It’s finally here! The annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale! Prices start at only $0.50 and go up to a few dollars so you are bound to find some great deals! Check it out:

FRIDAY, October 14

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

BRK 140 (Level One – Go Through Media Lab)

Come join us for great deals on great books!

Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks coming to UIS

Book Cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
New York Times Bestseller

Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is coming to the University of Illinois Springfield – Sangamon Auditorium this fall.

DATE: Wednesday, November 9th

TIME: 7:00 pm

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium – The University of Illinois Springfield

ADDRESS: One University Plaza, Springfield Illinois 62702

COST: FREE and Open to the Public – tickets will be issued through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office: Call 217-206-6160 to reserve your ticket! Tickets become available Monday, September 12.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In her bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), Skloot tells the story of a young black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951—and left behind an inexplicably immortal line of cells known as HeLa. Skloot spent more than ten years researching Henrietta Lacks, whose cells—harvested without her knowledge or consent—contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks raises fascinating questions about race, class, and bioethics in America.

AWARDS AND PRAISE: The book is being made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, is a The New York Times Bestseller, and is the winner of numerous awards including:

The 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland, Prize for Nonfiction

The 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was featured on over 60 critics’ best of the year lists

The 2011 Audie Award for Best Non-Fiction Audiobook

SPONSORS: The Friends of Brookens Library, Memorial Medical Center, The Illinois Humanities Council, Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)

CONTACT: For more information please contact Janelle Gurnsey: 217-206-8451

Snapshot Day A Success

Thank you to everyone who participated in Snapshot Day – on Wednesday April 13th, 2011. Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across a state, region, system or community to show what happens in a single day in their libraries. How many …books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? Using the computers? This initiative provides a means to collect photos, statistics and feedback from members of the UIS community and throughout central Illinois.

We greatly appreciate all of those of you who took the time to fill our our survey. Check out photos from the event here:

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