Library Resources You Can Access From Home

Winter break is approaching, and if you’re planning on staying at home, it’s important to know how the library can continue to support you. Whether you need to access online research help for remote classes or want to stream a movie at no cost, the library can help you! You don’t have to be on campus to take advantage of everything the library has to offer, so read on to learn about the unique opportunities offered by Brookens Library.

Research Help

If you’re taking remote classes this winter, we can help you with all of your research needs. Using the Chat With a Librarian feature on the library’s website, you can have a conversation with our librarians and ask all your pertinent library questions.

Also located on the library website is the option to book a virtual appointment with a librarian. Different librarians are available that specialize in certain subjects, so you will have no problem finding help for the classes you’re taking.

You can also check out our research guides and numerous databases, and, if you’re interested, there are recommended databases for specific subjects as well.

eBooks, eAudiobooks and Streaming Movies

If the boredom of living at home is starting to drive you crazy and entertainment is what you’re looking for, the library has you covered in that regard as well. If ebooks and audiobooks are what you desire, cloudLibrary has hundreds of titles for you to choose from. Check out the UIS collection and pick a book (or two) to occupy your time.

Since reading can be slightly taxing depending on your mood, movies may be some people’s preferred mode of entertainment. Luckily, Brookens Library has taken care of that as well, and has many movies for you to stream. Even luckier, these movies are available for free on our Streaming Media Guide!

We’re Here to Help!

If your winter break is looking either busy or boring, Brookens Library is here to help! For whatever you need, the library is here for you, so make sure you utilize all of our resources to your benefit. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the library and we’ll help you with whatever you need.

Enjoy your winter break!

Got Library Questions? Chat with a Librarian

If you have library questions, we have the answers! It’s super easy and simple to get library help with our Chat with a Librarian service.

If you’re on the library website, all you need to do is find the “CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN” box and type your question. A librarian will be able answer your questions or refer you to another librarian for further research help.

Chat Hours:
Sundays: 2pm-8pm
Mondays-Thursdays: 10am-10pm
Fridays: 10am-4pm

If you have a question outside of our chat hours, browse or submit your question on our Library FAQ page.

I-Share Requests Now Available

The I-Share service is up and running again, but with some changes.
At this time, not all libraries are participating, limiting the availability of materials. Additional protocols are in place for handling materials, extending delivery times. 

We will be processing I-Share requests and making them available for pick-up through our Grab-and-Go service. Check out our Grab-and-Go service announcement for information on hours and requesting materials in our new catalog.  

To see what is available and request items in I-Share, search for materials using the All I-Share Libraries Search in our catalog.

Grab-And-Go Service Starts 7/13

We’re excited to announce that we are launching a Grab-and-Go service for UIS library materials on Monday, July 13th.  

Mondays: 3pm-6pm
Tuesdays: 11am-2pm
Thursdays: 3pm-6pm
Fridays: 11am-2pm

How to request materials for pick-up:

  1. Request materials using the library catalog. We have a new search box and catalog; this video will show you how to request materials in the new system. 

2. Wait until you receive an email that says your items are available. 

3. Pop on your mask and come to the library’s main entrance on the quad side of the building during the next available pick-up time that works in your schedule.

4. Look for the library staff member and hold your i-card up to the glass window. We’ll grab your items, check them out to your account, and pass them through the door.  

Staff will be handling all library materials while wearing masks. Please do not attempt to disinfect materials by spraying or wiping them with cleaning solutions or through any other means. We recommend simply quarantining the items for 72 hours. For additional information about library materials and COVID-19 transmission, we recommend the findings from the REALM Project. 

Questions about your library account or materials requests can be sent to  

Learn more about our new search interface at our workshops or open office hours series.

Midterms Drop-In Research Help

Drop in and get help with your research! No appointment needed.

Sundays: 4 – 7pm
Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – noon, 2 – 8pm

Brookens Library is offering drop-in research help for the next two weeks to give you some extra assistance with any midterm research project you might be working on. Stop by the Brookens Library Main Level and get help with your research from one of our librarians all week long.

Our librarians can help you with a variety of research needs, including finding scholarly sources for a paper, developing your research topic, or tracking down a hard-to-find citation, etc.

If none of these times work, you can also schedule an appointment with a librarian. Get step-by-step directions here.

Drop-In Research Help Flyer.

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: How to Request Items

It’s How-To-Tuesday with the dynamic duo: Meghan and Taylor!!!

This week Taylor can’t find the obscure book she wants at Brookens.
How will she survive? With IShare, of course! See a book that you would like to request for pickup at Brookens Library? This brief tutorial will show viewers how to request items from IShare libraries and have them sent to you.

How-To-Tuesday: MY-ILL


In this week’s installment, Megan is in search of the book Mr. Show What Happened?!? The Complete Story and Episode Guide. Brookens doesn’t have it! I-Share doesn’t have it! Should she give up? No way. Not when there’s INTERLIBRARY LOAN (MY-ILL)!!!!!


Workshop Series for International Students

If you’re an international student at UIS, you’ve probably noticed that the excitement of being away from home is not without its drawbacks.  There’s a lot to experience and a lot of cultural differences to contend with.  Whether you knew it or not, that sentiment extends to the library as well.  There’s a lot to experience at Brookens Library and things may be different from what you are used to.

At the library, we want to make sure you have access to information, resources, and services that will help you succeed during your time at UIS.  We have created a workshop series for all international students that will cover topics specifically chosen to help you navigate the services and resources the library provides to all students on campus.  

Introduction to the Library – Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)


Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)


Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 16, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)


Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Thursday, November 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)


Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Friday, November 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)


Each session will cover a variety of topics we hope you find helpful! For more information about the content covered in each session, contact John Laubersheimer at:

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!