Streaming Movies Available

Browse our list of streaming movies that are currently available via Brookens Library. To access a movie, click the movie title and log in with your NetID and password.

Movies Now Streaming at Brookens Library

The Bling Ring
These aren’t your average teenagers. Immerse yourself in crazy celebrity culture in The Bling Ring with the true story of L.A. teens robbing their Hollywood idols’ homes. Will they get caught? Expires 12/31/20.

Lady Bird
One high schooler navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her senior year in this honest and insightful coming of age story. Expires 11/30/20.

What We Do In the Shadows
In the mood for a great vampire comedy? Follow three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. Expires 10/31/20.

The Love Witch
It’s a battle of the sexes when a modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her and kill them. Now, she’s found the man of her dreams. How far will she go to get him? Expires 10/31/20.

End of the Tour
Two guys. One roadtrip. A funny and touching exploration of friendship, as we follow journalist David Lipsky during the 5 days he spent on the road interviewing renowned and reclusive novelist David Foster Wallace. Expires 12/31/20.

Dial M for Murder
Tony wants to have his wealthy wife murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. He comes up with the perfect plan to kill her, but his plans go awry in this Hitchcock thriller. Expires 10/31/20.

Forbidden Kingdom
Jackie Chan and Jet Li battle it out in this kung-fu flick when a boy finds himself magically transported back to ancient China on a quest. If he doesn’t succeed, he may be trapped deep in the past forever. Expires 12/31/20.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Experience an atmospheric and dreamlike Chinese noir film about a lost soul on a quest to find a missing woman from his past. Expires 12/31/20.

When an actress suddenly goes mute, she goes to a beach house on the Baltic Sea with only her nurse for company. Bergman’s film explores the human condition with surrealism and emotion in one his best works. Expires 11/30/20.

To find a list of all our streaming movies, visit our Streaming Media Guide.

Open Office Hours via Zoom in August

Dates and times of Library Open Office Hours via Zoom

Brookens Library is holding open office hours via Zoom for faculty and staff to drop-in with any questions regarding the changes to the new catalog, I-Share, course reserves, or finding OER materials. Open office hours take place Mondays – Fridays from 11:00 AM – noon from August 3 – August 28. 

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 967 6698 7717
Password: 710281

You can also reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance and support as you normally would:

If interested in learning more about our new catalog on your own time, check some of our online tutorials below:

Searching for Books in the Library Catalog

Requesting Books from Brookens Library

Renewing Checked Out Items at Brookens Library

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.

Intro to the New Catalog

The library has a new catalog for searching UIS resources, requesting materials from I-Share, and accessing your library account. Here is a quick video to give you a small overview of the new system.

Starting in July, the library will be offering workshops and open office hours if you are interested in learning more about the new search interface. Follow this link for dates/times.

Library Support
If you find yourself with questions about the new search interface or the new catalog, Librarians will be available to assist you. 

  • The Librarians will also be maintaining a chat reference service, accessed via the Library homepage, and can answer your questions there as well.
  • We will be generating a collection of frequently asked questions on the new tools that will be available after the June 25 implementation date.

Library Catalog & I-Share Search Interface Changing 6/24

Starting Wednesday, June 24, the search box on the Library homepage will have a new search interface for finding UIS resources, requesting I-Share materials, and accessing your library account.

Important Changes to Linking to Items in the Library Catalog
Because the main components of the Library’s systems are changing, none of your existing links to items in the library catalog will work past June 24. For example: if you link to a reserve item for your course in Blackboard or Canvas, this link will need to be replaced with a new link for the same item in the new catalog interface. Unfortunately, there is no automatic solution and all links will have to be replaced in your materials.

Library Support
The Library is committed to supporting UIS faculty, students and staff as we manage this transition together. If you find yourself with questions about the new search interface or the new catalog, Librarians will be available to assist you. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Librarians are happy to share all the information we have, and to provide services that assist in student success and faculty research.

2020 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

One of the highlights of the year at the University of Illinois Springfield is the Annual STARS Symposium (Student Technology, Arts, & Research), where students get an opportunity to present their research to the UIS campus and community. The Library is honored to be a part of the Luncheon, where we present the Library Undergraduate Research Award to three deserving students. Sadly, the luncheon was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Library still held our annual Undergraduate Research Award. This year, we were able to expand the prize pool and the number of winners thanks to generous support from the Friends of Brookens Library.

This year we were honored to recognize the following students for their exceptional research using Library resources.

1st place: Anna Kanai – Americanization in Europe: History, Hollywood, and European Perceptions

2nd place: Hunter Niebrugge – Ouch!: Female Student-Athletes and the Influence of Collegiate Athletics on Injury

3rd place: Rebecca Wheeler – Decision Vision: Utilizing Mental Simulation to Promote Accuracy During Intuitive Decision Making

4th place: Jermaine Windham – The “Black Nerd Stereotype” & The African American Representation in the Media

5th place: Sagun Pandit – Analysis of Sexual Assault in Nepal

The competition was tough this year and all of our submissions were top quality research. A big congratulations for all our winners and all of our entrants! 

Voter Registration at UIS

2020 is a major year in the United States since primary voting is happening as well as the general election. We’ll be deciding on who will represent us for the next 2 to 4 years starting in January of 2021.  If you want to vote in the primary election, you must be registered by March 1, 2020.  Primary elections for Illinois take place on March 17, 2020.  The voter registration deadline for Illinoisans is October 18, 2020 for the General Election.  And the General Election, which includes voting for federal and state elected officials, will take place on November 3, 2020.    

Find more information about voter registration for the 2020 elections here:

Not sure if you’re eligible to vote? Check out this nifty chart, put together by the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center to find out:

Flowchart depicting how to register to vote

Most people can register online. However, if you need a Deputy Registrar to assist you, you can contact Connie Konmick in the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at Brookens Library also has a Deputy Registrar who will be staffing the Brookens Library Research Help Desk on Wednesdays from 2-3pm and can assist you then. Or you can contact Pamela Salela directly at

Get informed and stay informed about the 2020 elections at UIS Votes:

2020 is also a decennial Census year. Every ten years the U.S. takes a count of everyone in between our borders as well as Alaska and Hawaii in addition to our colonies (Puerto Rico , American Samoa, Guam, North Mariana Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Census Day is April 1 (no fooling!).  And if you’re looking for a well-paying, part-time temporary job, the Census has many positions open. You can get more information and find out how to apply here.

You can find out more about the U.S. Census at:

Hidden Gem: Business Twitter Trends & News

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The Mergent financial database can be useful if you are prepping for a job interview and want to impress your interviewer with your knowledge of the company’s current events and trends. Mergent’s Company News feature can give you a quick overview and provides links to a company’s recent business Tweets, news stories, market drivers and an event timeline all in one place (shown in the image below).

Image of the News page on Mergent for Google

To find this feature:

  1. Go to Mergent and enter the name of the public company you want to research in the Company Search box, select the correct company from the drop down box that appears, and click Go.
Image of how to do a company search in Mergent

2. Next, select the News tab.

Image of how to select the News tab

3. This will take you to the News feature with information on web volume, business Twitter trends, market drivers, regional and global news, business influencers, latest news, top business Tweets, event timeline, analyst commentary, and recent management changes. You can click on the colored maps and squares to link out to different news stories.

This database only provides information on public companies and corporations like Microsoft, Apple, Wells Fargo, Target, etc. Do not use if you want to research a non-profit, small business or a private company.

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

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.