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Library Hours

Prairie Research Institute Library 
Monday - Friday 
8:30am to 5:00pm

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1816 South Oak St.
Champaign, IL. 61820 

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Virtual Book Displays


Check out our new virtual Pinterest book displays on a variety of topics.


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Guides for Using Online Catalogs and Finding Books

Guides to help you use the U of I Online Catalog, the I-Share Online Catalog and help locating books.


Tips for using the online catalog

The U of I online catalog is a simple way for students and faculty to search the collection for a variety of items.


I-Share tutorial movies

The I-Share online catalog allows patrons to search and request items from 76 Illinois academic and research libraries.  Items may be requested and picked up at any I-Share library location.  Need to contact an I-Share library?  Here is the List of I-Share libraries.  This system makes an impressive amount of materials available to University students and faculty and the movies provide easy instruction on how to utilize the online catalog.


Find books

This guide suggests three steps for finding the books you need.  Also there is information about how to identify a scholarly monograph.