Funk Library FAQs


Who is allowed to use the Funk Library?

In-house materials can be used and photocopied by anyone while in the Funk Library. However, only registered library patrons with valid University of Illinois identification may borrow materials from the library. 

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What forms of identification can be used to check out materials?Please see the UIUC Library Circulation policy on Valid Library Identification Cards.

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Where can I park when using the Funk Library?

During normal business hours, you can pay to park at any metered space in University parking lots or along the street.  After 5pm and on weekends, you can freely park in the University parking lots. There are also visitor spots available if you obtain a visitor’s parking pass from the College of ACES Human Resources department, in Room 117 of Mumford Hall, (217) 333-2664. For more information, consider the Campus Parking Map (the Funk Library is located in quadrant G9).

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I have the call number of a book in the Funk ACES Library. Where can I find it?

We have separated the call numbers for the Funk ACES Stacks in the following manner. Please also check the Funk ACES Library floor map.

000 – 338.1 U
Oversized
ACES Reference
CPLA Reference
New Books 
Second Floor West Side
Current Periodicals
Reference – Statistics
Second Floor East Side
338.1 V – 596.04 Third Floor West Side
596.05 – 631.2 Third Floor East Side
631.3 – 999 Fourth Floor West Side
Compact Shelving Fourth Floor East Side


If the Online Catalog states that an item is in the following areas:
  • ACES - stacks, both regular and non-circulating--"non-circ"
  • ACES Atlases - on the 2 nd floor, please ask a staff member for assistance
  • ACES Compact Stacks - 4 th floor, east side of the building.
  • ACES Reserves or Closed Stacks - 2 nd floor, behind the circulation desk, please ask a staff member for assistance.
  • ACES Reference - 2 nd floor, shelved on the northwest side of the building.
  • ACES Reference Stats - 2 nd floor, shelved to the left of the reference desk on the east side of the building.
  • ACES & CPLA New Books - located on the 2 nd floor in the southwest corner.
  • CPLA Reference - located on the 2 nd floor in the northwest corner.

As always, if you are having difficulty locating an item, please do not hesitate to ask a member of our staff for assistance.
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My professor put some of our reading material on reserve. Where will I find it?

If the material is for a class in the College of ACES, you can find it at the Funk Library’s circulation desk. If it is for a class in another department, ask your professor which library has the material.

Print material (library material, instructor's personal copies, some exams) and audio-video material are located behind the circulation desk at the Funk library. These can be checked out for a specified length of time by presenting your student ID to the staff at the desk.

Additional class material may be found by going to the UIUC Online Catalog, and clicking on Course Reserves. You can then search by class or instructor. There will be a list of materials on reserve for your particular course, along with the location of the item(s). If there are additional readings that have been made accessible as electronic reserves there will be a link provided to access the materials.

Alternatively, some instructors have personal web sites for classwork.

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How do I reserve a study room?

See our Room Reservations web page.

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Where do I print/photocopy/scan/etc.?
Please see our Technology page for information about all technological services offered at Funk Library.
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What are the loan periods for different materials?

Books

4 or 16 weeks *

Bound Journals

No Circulation *

Current Journals

No Circulation *

Class Reserves

2 hours *

Annuals, Yearbooks & Proceedings

1 week

USDA Publications

1 week

State Agriculture Experiment Station Publications

1 week

Microfilm & microfiche

1 week

CD-ROM databases (except Reference**)

4 or 16 weeks *


*Undergraduates may borrow books for 4 weeks; graduate students and faculty for 16 weeks.
*Periodicals may only be charged from the library briefly for photocopying.
*Some reserve materials may have different loan periods and some materials are for in-library use only. Two-hour reserves may not be kept overnight.
**Reference materials do not circulate.
If you have any further questions about loan periods, please ask the staff at the Funk Library's circulation desk.

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A book that I want is currently charged out to somebody else.  What options do I have for getting this book?

First, look for additional copies that might be available at another UIUC library.  If there are none, then check to see if the item is available from another CARLI library by searching the I-Share Catalog. If it is not available from a CARLI library, submit an interlibrary loan request for it through UIUC Interlibrary Loan or WorldCat. For more options, please see the UIUC Library Circulation policy on Recalls.

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What are the fines on overdue materials?

Please see the UIUC Library circulation policy on Overdue Notices, Overdue Fines and Billing. 

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Whom can I contact with billing questions?

If you receive an overdue notice but believe you already returned the item, contact the Funk Library's circulation desk at (217) 333-2416.  
If you have a question about a bill you received for materials from the Funk Library, contact Barb Trumpinski-Roberts at (217) 244-2246 or kittent@illinois.edu with questions.

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Can I return books from any UIUC library to the Funk Library?

Yes, you can return books from any UIUC library to the Funk Library. In fact, you can return books from any CARLI library to the Funk ACES Library. A CARLI library is any library that appears in the I-Share Catalog. The only exceptions are Reserves and books marked "return to 104A."

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Can I return books from the Funk Library to any UIUC library?

Yes, you can return books from the Funk Library to any UIUC library. In fact, you can return books found in the Online Catalog to any CARLI library. A CARLI library is any library that appears in the I-Share Catalog. The only exceptions are Reserves and books marked "return to 104A."

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How do I renew materials?

You can renew materials checked out from the UIUC Library or from any of the CARLI libraries at any library desk, or online. The answers to all of these questions can be found by looking in the UIUC Online Catalog under "My Account."  You will need to create an account, distinct from your NetID, with your Library ID number. You'll see a list of all the materials you have checked out and have the option to renew them. For more information, please see the UIUC Library web page on Renewing Library Materials.

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How do I see:  What books I have checked out?  What fines I have?  The status of books I've requested?

The answers to all of these questions can be found by looking in the UIUC Online Catalog under "My Account."  You will need to create an account, distinct from your NetID, with your Library ID number.

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I can't find a book I want in the UIUC Online Catalog.  How do I obtain a copy of it?

You have a few options. You can see if another CARLI library has the book by searching the I-Share Catalog. If they own it you can request it directly from their catalog. If it is not available through I-Share and you are a UIUC faculty, staff or student, you can request books through Interlibrary Loan. To do so, you may use either the  UIUC Interlibrary Loan or WorldCat online request forms.

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How can I get an article from a journal that isn’t available at the UIUC libraries?

First, check to see if the university has online access to the article through the Library Gateway's Online Journals and Databases. If UIUC does not have online access, and if you are a UIUC student, faculty, or staff member, you can make a photocopy request through Interlibrary Loan. Such requests usually take 7-10 days.

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How do I recommend that the Funk Library add a book to its collection?

If you have a suggestion, we would like to hear from you. Contact us or fill out our online Collection Recommendations Form. Be sure to include as much information as you can, especially author, title, publisher and year.

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Where do I find the former Biology Library's collection that was merged into Funk Library?

The Biology Library officially closed on May 13, 2011 as part of the University Library’s New Service Models initiative.  Most of the Biology Library’s print books and journals were moved into the Funk Library this summer and integrated into the current Funk Library Reference and regular collections.  The integrated titles will remain findable by searching the Online Library Catalog for location and call number.

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Is there a librarian subject specialist for the biological sciences?

Kelli Trei, the Biology Librarian, has an office in Burrill Hall in room 123a and open office hours from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Her permanent office location is 158 Grainger. She is available for consultations, in-class training sessions, and other information services support.  She can be reached at (217) 244-2503 or at any time by email at ktrei2@illinois.edu.  Access biology resources and other related information at the new Biology Virtual Library website.

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Where are the fire pulls and extinguishers located?
Fire pulls and extinguishers are located throughout the building for safety and can be found in several locations.

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