Norris L Brookens Library supports teaching, learning and community at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dedicated in 1976, Brookens was the first permanent building on campus. It is known for its unique design that creates a space containing no 90 degree angles. Students find spaces for both collaborative work and quiet study in the library, as well as access to a collection of nearly 700,000 books and serials, including over 128,000 eBooks and eJournals. The availability of this robust digital collection, as well as the online help offered by Brookens librarians, makes the library a valuable resource for online students as well as their on-ground counterparts.
At Brookens, we strive to offer exceptional services and resources and continue to draw inspiration from the words of founding president, Dr Robert Spencer - "In our concern for literacy we are placing the library in the center of things - as a resource for the entire curriculum - for all students - and for a wide variety of learning experiences and modes . . . If our library also serves the quite traditional function of providing a site for an inexpensive date or social occasion or serves as a book-lined study hall for those who must get away from more distracted settings, so much the better."
— May 16, 1976, Dedication of Brookens Library
Brookens Library at a Glance:
- Total Volumes: 695,151 (includes all books and serials, both print and electronic, and government documents)
- eBooks: 76,491
- Journals, both print and electronic: 60,366
- Audio/video units: 8,566
In 2009, a master plan, or high-level plan for the renovation of Brookens Library was completed. The plan calls for a complete renovation of the building as well as an addition to capture some of the space on the plaza. The plan is now on the "top ten" list of capital projects for the University of Illinois. Until the renovation is funded, the library has been making small but impactful changes based on the principles of the plan. These changes include opening up the main level to more natural light and student seating, providing wired seating on level 4, and making more collaborative space available.
Brookens Library Goals and Objectives
In the fall of 2012, Brookens Library developed goals and objectives based on the goals from our 2006 strategic plan. Based on the goals, action plans are created every six months.