Annual Giving

Join us in fostering community awareness of the resources available at Brookens and providing the essential financial support for the development of collections and services. In return, you will belong to an organization that enhances the vibrant intellectual life of the University of Illinois Springfield and of the surrounding communities. 

Circles of Giving

  • Carl Sandburg / Chancellor’s Circle ($2500+)
  • Gwendlowyn Brooks Circle ($1000)
  • James Jones Circle ($500)
  • William Maxwell Circle ($250)
  • Lorraine Hansberry Circle ($150)
  • Vachel Lindsay Circle ($50)

Special Rates

  • Faculty and Staff * ($25)
  • Students* ($5)

*Faculty and staff must be currently employed at UIS. Students must be currently enrolled at UIS. 

Give Online

Making a gift online to Brookens Library is easy, convenient and secure.

Give by Mail

Please make check payable to the UIF – Friends of Brookens Library.

University of Illinois Springfield
Brookens Library 
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703

Gifts in Kind

We welcome and encourage donations that enrich and enhance our collections. Suitable gifts in kind include: books, CDs, DVDs, manuscripts, historic maps, artwork, special collections, and photographs.   Gifts in kind may be tax deductible. 

To discuss the possible donation of your gift in kind, please contact Pattie Piotrowski, Dean of Library Instructional Services at (217) 206-6597 or the University Archivist at (217) 206-6520. For gifts of books, DVD’s, CD’s or audio books, not intended for special collections, see Materials Donation below.

Materials Donation

When donating to the University Library it is important to remember that the library reserves the right to add the items to the collection, sell them in a library book sale, or dispose of them when necessary. Currently, after two years of inventory, we send unsold books to Better World Books, an organization that funds literacy in underdeveloped countries. 

We gladly accept the following types of material donations:

  • Books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Audio books

Friends of Brookens Library

The Friends of Brookens Library of the University of Illinois Springfield is a service organization established to support the library. It was formed with two major goals in mind:  

  1. To foster greater community awareness and use of the resources of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
  2. To support the development of collections and services in Brookens Library.

Since the time of its founding, the Friends of Brookens Library has also played an important role in helping the library to provide exceptional programming for the greater Springfield community.

Membership Rates

Community Member: Levels of giving begin at $50
Faculty & Staff: $25
Current UIS Students: $5

Become a Friend