One Book, One UIS

The One Book, One UIS program grew out of an appearance in 2011 by best-selling author Rebecca Skloot. Based on the interest both on campus and in the community for Skloot’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and for its author, Chancellor Koch asked the Dean of Brookens Library to establish a community reading program for the campus. The result was One Book, One UIS. In 2015, One Book, One UIS brought civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis to UIS to speak about his award-winning graphic memoir MARCH, filling the 2000 seat UIS Sangamon Auditorium

Everson Lounge

The Everson Lounge is one of the special places at Brookens Library, made possible by the generous support from our friend Judy Everson. Here students come to study, relax and engage in collaborative work in a comfortable and pleasing space.

Buckley Collection

Thanks to the significant material donation, Brookens Library was able to enhance many of our collections including: history, DVD, non-fiction, and more. Duplicate materials were utilized in the annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale, where funds are raised to be used in a variety of capacities, from creating special places, to enhancing collections, to the production of campus-wide and community events.

Donors make it possible for Brookens Library to remain at the heart of our great institution. Thanks to our donor support we have been able to bring award-winning, nationally renowned authors to speak at UIS, to engage in partnerships with the campus community to provide innovative programming, and to enhance our resources, services, and spaces. Here are just a few examples of what the Friends of Brookens Library have made possible. Thank you!