Everyone is welcome at Brookens Library. What does that mean during a public health situation like the one we are now experiencing with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19?
We are monitoring the latest recommendations from the CDC, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, and University of Illinois system and acting based on accurate information from trusted sources. Because the circumstances are rapidly changing, we may need to adjust our strategies and we will update this page accordingly.
Here’s what you can expect at the library today:
- The Library is currently closed in order to protect the health of our Library Staff and, more importantly, our patrons. Library staff are working from home and available to assist you. If you need assistance, please use any of the communication methods shown on the left of this page. The closure also applies to the UIS Archives and The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center (CINRC).
- All Illinois Library systems have, effective immediately, suspended Illinois Library Delivery Service through April 7, 2020. Materials in transit will be held at hub offices. Most I-Share libraries have closed or drastically reduced hours. Therefore, CARLI has ceased all borrowing in I-Share. We can still fill e-resource requests through OCLC, but physical item lending and copying is currently unavailable. You can place requests for materials to be delivered electronically using our interlibrary loan (ILL) service. If you need assistance, please contact us or watch our video on how to how to request articles through ILL.
- As a selective depository we provide predominantly digital access to federal government documents. Access to online government information is available as usual through the Library's webpage, the government information research guide, by telephone (M-F, 9-5) at 217-206-6783, and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Further, we have canceled all public events in March as a precaution. This is based on CDC recommendations for community events. As the situation develops, we will evaluate whether the cancelations should continue into April. We plan to reschedule as many events as we can in the future.
There are lots of ways to utilize the library's resources without visiting in person!
Our academic databases are available remotely, we have research guides for every academic discipline taught on campus, and you can still contact our librarians for research help.
You can also download eBooks; listen to downloadable or streaming audiobooks; stream movies, TV shows, and music; read newspapers; learn new languages, and much more. Browse our website for information about checking out online materials and using our online resources.
The library’s management team is working closely with various offices to adapt our approach as the situation develops. We will update this blog in order to share what we are doing to continue safely serving our diverse community during these complicated times.
This virus does not discriminate by nationality, race, or economic status. By working together, we can try to reduce contagion and protect our most at-risk neighbors and ourselves.