Access to the Library
Students are invited to visit the Brookens Library during its regularly scheduled hours and encouraged to utilize its electronic collection of resources on-campus and off-campus. Issues related to access to electronic resources can be referred to Sarah Sagmoen. Sarah can be contacted via e-mail,, or telephone, 217-206-6618.

Orientation Services
The librarians of the Brookens Library provide orientation sessions for students by arrangement. Students can also visit the Library or this website to gather information on the numerous resources and services available. Questions related to orientation services can be referred to your library liaison or Sarah Sagmoen, Director of Learning Commons and User Services. Sarah can be contacted via e-mail,, or by telephone at 217-206-6618.

Circulation Policies
Undergraduate students have a 4week loan period with a 3 renewal limit for circulating books. DVD and Videos circulate for 1 week, with no renewal. A student can have a total of 3 DVDs, videos, or a combination of these resources checked out at any one time. Graduate students have a 16 week loan period, with a 6 time renewal limit for circulating books. Materials designated as "reference" ordinarily do not circulate but. If needed, these items may be borrowed for a short time by special permission of the particular academic liasion librarian. Questions related to circulation policies can be referred to Sarah Sagmoen. Sarah can be contacted via e-mail,, or telephone, 217-206-6618.

Course Reserves
Your instructor may elect to have articles, book chapters, and other materials placed on reserve, and made available through the electronic reserve system. Only students enrolled in the particular course will have access. Books, DVDs,Videos, CD's, etc, that are placed on reserve by an instructor will be held on reserve at the circulation desk. These items can circulate for either 2 hours, 1 day, 3 days or for 7 day loans as chosen by the instructor. It is important that students present their I-Card at the circulation desk when attempting to check-out reserved items. An I-Card is a requirement needed to check-out materials.

Reference-Research-Information Services
The librarians of Brookens Library are available to assist students with their research needs. A wide variety of research services are available which include, but are not limited to, assistance in locating research materials and performing online catalog, database or internet searches. The Instructional Services faculty also assist students in how to conduct research searchs using electronic and other reference resources. Students can get research help in one of the following ways.

  1. By coming to the Main desk located next to the Circulation desk.
  2. By calling the desk at (217) 206-6605.
  3. By contacting their academic liaison librarian.
  4. By utilizing the UIS Brookens Library virtual reference service at