UPDATE: Interlibrary Loan Disruption: Alternative Access

UPDATE: This access disruption has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions please contact email uisilloan@uis.edu.

Because Brookens Library offers so many databases for users to choose from, we also use tools to help those databases connect to each other. Two of these tools are the Find It and Get it Now buttons, which allow users to request articles we do not have access to. It has come to our attention that these tools are not working for users on or off campus. We are working with the vendor to fix them, but unfortunately a resolution is not likely to come until mid-September.

 But not all hope is lost! We have a workaround in place for placing requests. Users can log in to their  My ILL account with their net ID and password and fill in the necessary citation information.

 For a detailed explanation of the request process please see this video.


 If you have any questions or need help making a request please contact the library main desk at 217-206-6605, or email uisilloan@uis.edu.


Cloud Library Update Issues Resolved

All issues have been resolved and Cloud Library is now fully operational. Don’t have Cloud Library? Download HERE

Patrons already using the app, make sure you have downloaded the latest version to ensure Cloud Library is working properly on your device.

Our downloadable eBook and eAudiobook platform 3M Cloud Library is now just Cloud Library.  App updates on both android and iOS devices were pushed out yesterday and today.  We’re experiencing some issues with the update and are working to correct them. If you update the app, you may experience problems with logging in or checking out a book.  We’ll keep you posted on our progress and apologize for the inconvenience.

Scheduled Online Maintenance Tuesday, August 9

The University will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, August 9 to make upgrades to the primary data center. For OFF-CAMPUS library users: ILLiad and EZproxy (used for off campus access to our resources) will experience periods of downtime. Beginning at midnight, you may not be able to access all of our resources during the periods of downtown. Services are expected to be fully up and running by 5pm.


See the full message from ITS:

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a stable and robust infrastructure for the campus, ITS in cooperation with Facilities and Services is implementing major upgrades in our primary data center in HSB. This upgrade requires maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 that will provide the campus with a more resilient data center.

On this day, many of our services will be unavailable. Most services will see periods of downtime. However, email, UIS Wifi, cloud services, and printing will be up and running.

Blackboard is also undergoing maintenance on August 9th and will be unavailable from midnight through 5pm.

Please continue to look for notices reminding you of this date so that you can be prepared for service outages. We will keep the campus notified of all changes.

Please contact ITS Client Services at techsupport@uis.edu or 217/206-6000 with any questions or concerns.

JSTOR Service Alert

JSTOR has restored stable access.

Previous Notification from 10/14

The database, JSTOR, has been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues. JSTOR is working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible. For more details, please check the Platform Updates page (http://about.jstor.org/jstor-help-support/jstor-updates). We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

World Cat Local & WordCat Discovery System Restored


OCLC is currently experiencing a system outage that affects WorldCat Local and WorldCat Discovery services.

You will not be able to utilize the search functionality of our online resources.

The image below is from the library’s website & shows where you will be unable to search during the outage.

Quick SearchBrookens Library Homepage

OCLC is working to resolve this outage as quickly as possible. We will share when the problem has been corrected as soon as we are notified. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Scheduled Maintenance July 3rd

ILLiad and EZproxy servers will be down Thursday July 3rd from 7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. for routine maintenance. During this time, Interlibrary Loan (My ILL) will be unavailable and off campus patrons will be unable to access our databases and other electronic resources. Thanks for your patience!

Known Bug in Firefox

A known bug has been discovered in Firefox version 29.  If you have enabled “view pdf from within Firefox” your printer will  print out a blank page.  This was reported by Firefox support and they are working to fix the problem.  NOTE this problem with Firefox version 29 will impact any application you are running where you need to print the PDF. We will update this post when this has been resolved.

Proquest Resources Unavailable 2-15-14

On Saturday February 15, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

To minimize the impact these enhancements will be installed during an eight hour window of typically low usage from 10:00 UTC through 18:00 UTC.

During this time the following ProQuest products held by Brookens Library will not be available:

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses-Full Text

Illinois Digital Sanborn Maps

ProQuest Statistical Insight

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851 – 2008)

ProQuest Historical Newspapers


Ancestry Library Edition

ProQuest Congressional

Alexander Street Press Currently Down

Alexander Street Press is currently experiencing an unexpected downtime for their online products. Their IT team is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will provide additional information as we receive it.