Brookens Library Renovation

A Fresh New Look for Brookens Library

Brookens Library has opened up new learning opportunities for students following a renovation project. A classroom space was added to the main floor that seats 48 and will be equipped for library instruction and workshops. The entire public space of the main floor was re-carpeted with more modern and durable flooring. The main desk, previously near the front of the library, has been reconfigured to better serve patrons. The new layout is 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. Collections like the Popular Books Collection, Feature Films Collection and New Books have remained on the main floor, while other Collections: Newspapers, Government Documents, and Legal Reference have been relocated.

Construction Process

Completed Project

Did you know alumni can still access Brookens Library?

Alumni of UIS or SSU are eligible for an Alumni Library Card.  To obtain an Alumni Borrower Card, please submit the Alumni Borrower Card Form.

Alumni may check out Brookens books for 4 weeks and DVDs or Videos (1 at a time) for 1 week.

We cannot offer I-Share or Interlibrary loan services to alumni.

Brookens Library and the University of Illinois’ Library System are pleased to work with the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA). Alumni privileges include:

  • Borrowing materials (Books, Audio Books, DVDs)
  • On-campus Access to online databases
  • Reference Services
  • Wi-fi
  • Public Computers

To obtain an Alumni Borrowers Card, please use this form. If you are unable to access this form, please visit the Brookens Library Main Desk, email us, or contact us at 217-206-6605 for additional information.