Library of Things Highlight: Board Games

If you and your friends are bored this weekend or just looking for something fun to do after class, then look no further than the Library of Things collection! One of the best parts of the collection is our multitude of board games.

One great thing about the board game collection is the variety. We have board games that range from two players to ten, and and can be played for as little as ten minutes to as long as six hours. You can see a list of all the games here, and in the bottom right corner of each image, the duration and the recommended number of players is listed as well!

If any of these games interest you, you can either request them online and pick them up at the main desk, or you can just head to the library first without requesting the games and check them out.

Hopefully these games will entertain you next time you’re looking for something fun to do on campus! We have plenty of games for all interests, so be sure to check out the collection!

Brookens Fall Bucket List

Image of tree and library

Happy fall, UIS!

We’ve created a Brookens Library Fall Bucket List where you can find the essential resources to complete this list at the library!

Have a fall photo shoot.
Photograph the leaves changing colors with our Nikon D5600 or one of our other cameras!

Read ghost stories.
Scary or campy? It doesn’t matter. Find a scary book today. Prefer nonfiction? Brush up on your wiccan traditions.

Have a late night study session in the library.
Reserve your study spot in advance. We swear it’s not (too) haunted!

Bake a pumpkin pie.
If you want to make a mean pumpkin pie, or any other delicious dessert, check out some baking eBooks.

Enjoy a movie night.
If the day is too cold, enjoy one of our movie binge kits and dvd/blu-ray player with a hot cup of apple cider.

Wear a cozy sweater or warm socks.
Check out a How-To-Knit book or learn how to sew with a sewing machine.

Make a delicious, hearty meal.
Brush up on some recipes to impress the family at Thanksgiving with a cookbook.

Enjoy the fall colors, wherever you might be!

How To Tuesday: Holiday Special Edition

Welcome back to How To Tuesday! This week we are bringing you our holiday special. Being a student during the holiday season can be tough.  Many of our families live far away and often we don’t get to see them as much as we would like. This week, we are showing you a few things available for checkout that might make your student holiday a bit more enjoyable. Whether it’s hosting a Friendsgiving or capturing the perfect memory on camera, Brookens Library has got you covered.

Located in the Library of Things we have a variety of cookware that can be used to make some of your favorite holiday dishes. Cupcake/muffin pans, cake pans, a springform pan, a rolling pin, a food scale, and a hand mixer are all available for checkout at the front desk on the main floor. Additionally, we have multiple cameras available for checkout ensuring lots of holiday picture taking.   

Our “Awkward Family Gatherings” Feature Film DVD binge kits provides the perfect opportunity for comedic relief when distant relatives inquire about your relationship/job status. We even have Blu-ray DVD players available for checkout for both laptop use and TV setups.

Thank you for tuning in, and we look forward next week’s How To Tuesday.

Have a good week!

Library of Things

Welcome back to another How To Tuesday! This time we’re going to be looking at Brookens Library’s very own Library of Things. The Library of Things, if you do not know, is exactly what it sounds like! We have various items that we allow patrons to checkout similar to any book in the Library. We have various cooking supplies like cake pans or even a pasta maker. There is also technology like sewing machines and especially cameras! Now we’re going to help you navigate to the library homepage, so you too can explore just some of the things that Brookens has to offer.

Step 1

First, let’s navigate to the Brookens Library homepage, which you probably already know how to do since you’re reading this blog post. However, if you do not then all you have to do is type into the search box of any browser of your choice.

Library Homepage

Step 2

Click on the ‘Find’ tab to bring down a small menu.

Select Find in the blue bar at the top of the library homepage.

Step 3

On this new menu, click on the ‘Library of Things’ tab.

Arrow pointing to Library of Things link

Step 4

Now at the Library of Things page, you can click on the search bar if you know what you’re looking for, or you can peruse the different pages looking at the many things that the Library of Things has to offer.

Arrow pointing to the search bar and Library of Things categories on the Library of Things page.

And this has been How To Find the Library of Things homepage! You can also go to the library’s main desk to look through and check out Library of Things items. Also it’s International Games Week so don’t be afraid to check out some of the Library of Things many games!

Photo of board games in Library of Things

This has been another How To Tuesday with the S.P.A.R.K. Team. We’ll see you next week for another one!

Welcome To UIS!

Welcome to the 2019 Spring Semester at the University of Illinois Springfield. At the Library, we offer both resources and services to help you make the most of your time at UIS. On our website you will find access to our wide variety of databases. Not sure how to get started? Here you will find research help by subject or you can book a Research Consultation with one of our friendly Librarians.

Did you know we have a free app where you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks? It’s true! Simply download the cloudLibrary app and enjoy easy access to thousands of free eBooks/eAudiobooks!

We also have a growing Collection of “Things” called the Library of Things!  We have home and kitchen items, board games, and lots of technology for you to check out for FREE! Interested in learning to use a DSLR camera? No problem, we have that. Have a sewing project but no machine? We’ve got you covered! Need a graphing calculator for class? We have several available for FREE checkout! See what all we have available here!

Last semester we refreshed the Main Level by renovating the space and adding comfortable furniture, collaborative workstations, and computer desks to give you plenty of options to suit your needs. We designed this floor to be flexible, so you’ll notice almost all the furniture is on wheels so you can move it when and where you need it.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

LoT Games & Tech Event 11/27

Join us for the Library of Things Birthday Celebration!!!

Tuesday, November 27th 

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Brookens Library 

Stop by and explore the collection and have some fun with robot races, board games, and more!  

Since it’s a birthday celebration we will be having Birthday cake, so you really don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

NLW: Library of THINGS!!

It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. So far we have covered our Popular Collections, Awesome Online Resources like Mango and cloudLibrary and we touched on the Library of Things, but it’s such an awesome part of the library, it deserved it’s own post!

The Library of Things is a newer collection to Brookens that includes items ranging from board games to cake pans to chargers and more! Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library. You may only borrow up to 3 items at one time with a borrowing periods ranging from 1 to 7 days with no renewals.

Megan & Taylor share some important insight on the Library of Things here:

You can also check out a sampling of what is available to you! (Click to enlarge & scroll through!) You can also SUGGEST A THING! In other words, if you don’t have something in our Library of Things Collection that you think we should purchase, let us know. We try our best to serve our students, faculty and staff by keeping collections like this relevant and useful!



National Library Week!

It’s National Library Week!

Each day this week we will be highlighting our contributions to the UIS campus, and featuring our newest collections, unique services, and upcoming projects. We also will be asking for your feedback this week on how we can enhance our collections, improve our services and reimagine our spaces.

Today we will be highlighting our popular collections! What are our popular collections? Think of it as things you want to read, watch, or listen to for fun! We also have a new collection of “Things” you can check out: home and kitchen items, technology, and a wide variety of games.

1.) Browsing: We have designed this collection to feel like you are at your favorite book store, where you can browse the aisles for something new to read. While much of our collection is academic in nature, the browsing collection is where you will find both fiction and nonfiction tiles, award-winning reads, cookbooks, graphic novels, YA favorites, and more. Stop by, take a look around and find something that speaks to you. This collection is located on the main floor of the Library.

Don’t see what your looking for? You can also SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase

2.) Popular Films:

We have greatly expanded our Popular Film Collection! Here you will find wide and diverse, browsable selection of both DVD & Blue-ray titles. We work hard to ensure our collection is up-to-date, purchasing new releases, box-office hits, and of course classic favorites, and cult classics. For many of the new releases we are able to get the film to the shelve BEFORE RED BOX!!!

If you don’t see your favorite film in our collection you can SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase.  This collection is located on the main floor of Brookens Library.

3.) Library of Things: 

This non-traditional collection is all about enhancing campus life through our library resources.  Currently, the collection has 3 major groupings – Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Games.  Here is a list of some of the individual items you can find in each area:

  • Home and Kitchen: cake pans, a blender, hand mixers, pasta maker, sewing machine, umbrellas, and more.
  • Technology: Raspberry Pi, Shero Ollie, device charging cords, portable chargers, and more.
  • Games: Chess, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Sushi Go Party!, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, and more.

Check out our Library of Things page for all of our offerings in each area.  

Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library.  You may borrow up to 3 items at one time with borrowing periods ranging from 6 hours to 7 days.

Don’t see what you need? You can SUGGEST AN ITEM for purchase!

Cookbooks & Kitchen Items Are Here!!!!

It’s Thanksgiving time, and that means lots and lots of cooking.  Whether you’re traveling home or staying on campus, this is a great time to check out our new cookbook collection and try one of our kitchen items from the Library of Things.  The cookbooks are a part of our new Popular Books collection on the main level of the library.  To provide extra inspiration, we’ve created a special cookbook display at our display shelves near the main desk, be sure to check it out. 

Our Library of Things items are great for both traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving feast items.  Our waffle maker is perfect for making mashed potato cakes, make some whipped cream for pie with one of our hand mixers,  and the immersion blender is all you need for silky smooth butternut squash soup. Check out the whole kitchen collection of the Library of Things here

Don’t know how to cook?  That’s OK, our cookbook collection is designed for beginner cooks and contains title such as:

Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook

How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything you Need to Know to Become a Great Cook

And many more!

We’re wishing you a relaxing and tasty Thanksgiving break!