Biology Library FAQs

Services Provided by the Biology Library

For more information on services, see the Biology Virtual Library Services page.


Is there a current awareness service for journal table of contents and/or articles?

See the Table of Contents Alerts guide for instructions on getting email delivery of tables of contents from various publishers.  Publishers of interest to life sciences researchers include Annual Reviews, BioOne, Blackwell / Synergy, Cambridge Journals, Elsevier / Academic Press / ScienceDirect, Highwire, Kluwer, NPG Nature Publishing Group,  Project Muse, Springer, Web of Science, and Wiley.    

Major article databases such as Biological Abstracts, Current Contents, PubMed, and Science Citation Index provide current email alerts.  Free registration for UIUC affiliates establishes an account to save search queries and create email alerts.

See also the Biology Virtual Library Services' Research Resource page Stay Up to Date.


Can I pay to have articles photocopied for me?

Library Life Sciences Division Libraries

Campus Library System

The UIUC DocExpress service is a campus Library fee-based service for photocopying materials for University faculty, students, and staff for materials held at the UIUC campus libraries.  Fees are $3.00 per article for faculty members, or $5.00 per article for students and staff, which can be paid for through authorized departmental accounts, or VISA ® or Master Card ® credit cards. 

To get started go to the Library Interlibrary Loan page and click on the  UIUC DocExpress link under For UIUC Faculty, Students, and Staff.  You will be asked to login with your NetID and password  Before making a request, an account for payment will have to be created.  The form will automatically display, if you do not have an account.  Once the account is created, you may make the request by following the instructions provided. 


Where can I get color photocopies done?

None of the campus libraries have a color photocopier BUT the Undergraduate Library has a color scanner attached to a color printer.  The scanner is in the public area and the printer is located in the staff service area.  For more information ask at the Undergraduate Library reference desk, or call 333-8589.


How can departments obtain their own photocopy cards for departmental accounts?

The Library Business Office, 111 Library, authorizes copy cards purchased with Departmental Account numbers.  Information that will be needed at the time of purchase includes name of responsible person, phone number, department, and account number to be charged.  Person picking up the card will be required to sign for receipt of the card.  No cards may be purchased with cash. Vending machines are available at various locations, including Undergrad Library and Main Library Circulation, for cash or I-card purchases.  The primary contact person is Carole Kopp (3-5481) and the backup is Tina Reinhart (3-5479).


Can FOAPAL (department/grant) accounts be charged for printing done at the reference computers

FOAPAL fund accounts (includes department and grant accounts) can be used by authorized patrons to pay for computer print jobs ( aka LibPrint) from public library computers.  A UFAS public printing form needs to be filled out by a librarian and emailed (  ), faxed ( 217-244-4358 ), or mailed through campus mail ( 314 Library, MC-522 ) to campus Library Systems.  Once Library Systems has authorized the use of this account, enter the fund account number ( 1 - _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ ) when prompted.   Note:  Authorizations is for the current fiscal year only, and needs to be renewed annually by contacting the systems office at 217-244-4688.  See also print instructions in previous FAQ question above for general printing instructions.  If you require further assistance, please contact a librarian.


Where can I copy and scan a print document?  Can I create a .pdf of it?

Scanning is available in the Library for public use at:

Scanning is also available for students at CITES Labs - The CITES locations at English Building, the Illini Union, and the CITES lab in Undergraduate Library have scanners. 

One can save scanned documents as .pdfs at these locations but there is no editing or revision capability.



Contact the Biosciences Librarian:
Kelli Trei
(217) 244-2503