How To Find Us During Our Renovation!

We are renovating the Main Floor of Brookens Library, which means the Main Floor Entrances are closed! This video will show you how to enter the library, where you can find elevator access, where various resources will be housed, and how to find the circulation desk over the summer and throughout the duration of the renovation.

For a more complete overview of the project, read this post!

Library Summer Hours:

Spring Intersession (5/12 – 6/3)

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

Memorial Day (5/28): CLOSED
Summer Hours (6/4 – 7/27)

Mon-Thur: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun: 2:00 pm  – 9:00 pm

Independence Day (6/4): CLOSED
Summer Intersession: (7/28 – 8/25)

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat-Sun: Closed


Library Main Floor Renovation Project

We are pleased to announce that the Library will be undergoing a Main Floor Renovation beginning May 14th. The Library will remain operational throughout the renovation with services being provided on the Lower Level. The Library will be CLOSED on Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 (regular Intersession Closure) and will re-open Monday, May 14th with services on the Lower Level. Entry to the library will be from the Lower Level Entrance near Brookens Auditorium

Scope of the Project: 

We will be adding a classroom space to the Main Floor of Library, near the back, that seats 48 and will be equipped for library instruction and workshops. The entire public space of the Main Floor will be re-carpeted with a more modern and durable flooring. Collections like the Popular Books Collection, Feature Films Collection and New Books will remain on the Main Floor, while other Collections: Newspapers, Government Documents, and Legal Reference will be relocated. The Main Desk, currently near the front of the Library, will be reconfigured to better serve patrons. The new layout will be more open with new computer stations and a new print/scan area to enhance how the space is used. The Main Level will continue to be a space that encourages group study, with mobile furniture, booth seating, and collaboration tables.  Floors 3 and 4 will remain quiet study floors.


The target date for the completion of the project is September, 2018. We plan to re-open the Main Floor of the Library October, 2018.

Collection/Service Locations:

4th Floor: 

General Books

Oversize Books

New Books

Friedman Collection

Group study in Lounge Area

Computers and Printer

3rd Floor: 

Legal Reference



Popular Books

CINRC Collection

Group Study in Lounge Area


2nd Floor:

Main Floor and entrances – CLOSED

Group Study in Lounge Area

Lower Level:

Feature Film Collection

Circulation Desk

Library Entrance/Exit

Group Study in Lounge Area




Extended Hours: April 30 – May 4

The week before finals calls for extended library hours and COFFEE! Monday, April 30 – Friday, May 4, the Library will be open an extra 3 hours each night so you have a safe place to study into the wee hours. We will also be serving coffee, tea, and snacks in the late evening.

Week Before Finals Week Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:00 am

Friday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

Meet the Team: Ram

Name: Ram

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The small school allows me to create amazing friendships and lasting relationships. The University is also very helpful and understandable with my goals and offering me enough opportunities to achieve these goals.

What are your goals for the semester? I plan to graduate with my degree and apply into a radiology technician program. I also plan to get a job with my Biology degree.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a reality tv show of my life were to exist I would assume it would be called “The Adventures of Ram Ankola”. I assume it would be called this because it is a good title to show viewers of all the traveling and daily adventures I do and plan to do.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My hobbies include traveling and adventuring many different areas of the country. I also enjoy keeping up with pop culture.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I have learned about many of the interesting programs the library offers from I-Share to ILL books. I have also learned how to perform intelligible research using databases and differentiating between good sources and bad sources.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I am planning to get a job using my degree. I also plan to apply into a good radiology technician program to obtain my certification.

How-To-Tuesday: Study Spots

Study Spots

In this week’s installment of How-to Tuesdays, we take a look at what Brookens has to offer in terms of study spots. Do you work best when you can be alone, looking out into the horizon? We’ve got that. Do you need your friends and classmates around to talk through your assignments and keep you accountable? We’ve got that too. Plus, we have big, fluffy bean bag chairs, so you can rest your weary bones between assignments

How-To-Tuesday: National Library Week Edition

It’s National Library Week!!

In this week’s installment, Megan wears a blazer and interviews a colorful group of patrons about what they love most about Brookens Library. You’ll definitely want to check out this woman on the street style report that Taylor’s mouth describes as “honest and hard hitting”.

How-To Tuesday: Charging Stations

What happens if you are engrossed in a deep study session at the library and you notice your phone is on the brink of losing all power? You’re expecting an important call from your uncle in an hour, and you can’t go all the way home to charge your phone. What happens if you have a paper to write but your laptop battery is at 1%? No need to fear, in this installment of How-to Tuesdays, Megan and Taylor show you all about the Charging Stations we have at the library. Check it out and never be left with a dead device again.