On Campus & Virtual Library Tours

On-Campus Tours
Are you new to UIS? Come tour the library to learn about our resources and services.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12pm – 1pm

Thursday, February 13, 2014 5pm – 6pm

On-campus tours meet in the library classroom – BRK 232


Virtual Tours
Are you a new or returning online student? Join us for a virtual tour of online library resources and services. By the end you’ll know how to find and request books and articles, how to access resources from off campus, where to get research help, and more!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12pm – 1pm

Thursday, February 6, 2014 5pm – 6pm

Virtual tours meet online via MS Lync

Register now!


Questions? Please contact:

Dorothy Ryan Hemmo

Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian


(217) 206-8458

New Chairs at Brookens

Check out the new chairs we’ve added to the main floor at Brookens Library (Level Two). Such a small change can really make a big difference. We look forward to sharing with you more updates to the Library’s space! Excited changes are coming to improve our resources and services. We hope you like this new addition to Brookens. Come by and take them for a test drive – they are pretty comfy!



Library iPad Tours (September 2012)

Come tour the library to learn about our resources and services.  Using one of the library iPads you will get to experience the virtual library offerings while touring our building all at the same time!  By the end you’ll know where to find books and articles, how to access resources from off-campus, where to get research help, and more!


Library iPad Tours (September)

Tour the library to learn about our many resources and services – using an iPad!!!! Dates available are:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
1.     12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
2.     5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 13, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Monday, September 17, 2012
1.      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
2.     5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
1.     5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2.     6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
1.     6:00 pm – 7:00 pmiPad Library Tour
2.     7:00 pm – 8:00 pmiPad Library Tour

Mary Jane’s Closed Effective Fall 2012

Effective Fall 2012, Mary Jane’s Café will not be re-opening for the academic year.  UIS Food Services, which operated Mary Jane’s, has said that the café was losing money and that they could no longer afford to keep it open.  While the café will be closed, the lower level door to the library from the concourse will remain open for set hours throughout the day and the space will be available during library operating hours.

Mary Jane’s Café, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, was originally opened on April 29, 2008. The café, named after the first librarian at Brookens, Mary Jane McDonald, has been an important and beloved place within the Library and a popular location for lunch meetings, group study, and special events.

Brookens Library is committed to continuing to utilize the Mary Jane’s space effectively, even without a Food Services presence.  We would love to hear your ideas about how that space can continue to meet the needs of the campus and the community.   Please provide your feedback by leaving a comment on this blog post or by sharing your thoughts here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/8979413

Library Whiteboard Project

Visit Mary Jane’s Café every week to voice your opinion on the library whiteboard! The inspiration for the whiteboard project grew from an ethnographic study we conducted about student use of library space. Placing questions on flip boards throughout the library, we were able to informally communicate with library patrons and learn what is important to them. The findings from this study were recently published in “College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know” (Chapter 8).

Partnering with us to support this project are UIS Archives and Student Life. The board will represent student opinions about a range of topics, and will serve as an historical record of student life. Weekly photos of the board are archived on Flickr and Facebook, so feel free to post your answers online, or view the comments from previous weeks.

Week 6 - Favorite Band

Have an idea for a question?  Let us know.

Library Research Workshops

November 1-9: The library will be offering one-hour research workshops in UHB and online. This is a great opportunity to begin research for your upcoming papers. Bring your assignment and some ideas and we’ll help you get started. Visit the library calendar for details: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2725.

Questions? Contact Amanda Binder at binder2@uis.edu or 206-8458.

Library Research Workshops

Check out our full schedule. For registration, location information and a calendar view of workshop dates please visit: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2725

Questions? Contact Amanda Binder at binder2@uis.edu or 206-8458.