Prairie Research Institute Library Services
Assistance is available for all aspects of library research, including selecting search tools, performing searches, or locating hard to find items. Contact us by phone (217-333-6892) or visit us for in-person assistance whenever the library is open, or by email anytime. Institute staff may also contact your librarian directly for any research assistance.
Table of Contents and Topical Search Alerts
Most journals, literature databases, and news sources offer automated email or RSS alerts, either for table of contents or topic searches.
For help setting up alerts, contact your librarian, or see one of these helpful resources:
Also see the TOC alert category on our blog.
The News from the Library blog is a current awareness service from the Institute librarians which covers topics of interest to Institute researchers.
Subscribe to the blog via Email to be notified of new posts, or
subscribe to RSS feeds for specific categories on our blog (examples below).
Library Orientation and Training
- The Institute Library is part of one of the largest academic libraries in the nation. Learn to use it effectively!
- New Institute Staff are urged to arrange an orientation session. To request a session for yourself or your lab group, contact your librarian.
- Also see, the University Library training calendar for a schedule of workshops.
- IDEALS offers long-term digital preservation for your work, including manuscripts and data sets maybe deposited.
- Need archiving assistance or advice? Contact your librarian.
Computing and related services at the Prairie Research Institute Library
Wireless Internet Access
The following wireless networks are available in the Prairie Research Institute Library.
Public Workstations and Scanner
- We have two public workstations with internet access and access to campus-licensed library resources.
- One workstation is equipped with a Canon CanoScan8800F flatbed scanner with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
- Software includes Microsoft Office applications and accessibility applications.
- See "Standard Software Configuration for Public PCs" on the University Library's Public PCs: Hardware/Software page for a complete list of available software.
- All are welcome to use the public workstations and scanner. No login is required.
- Black and white printing is available on site for those with a campus NetID.
The cost to print is 0.10 per page, and login with NetID and AD password is required to print.
- Color print jobs must be printed out at Funk-ACES, Main, Undergraduate, or Engineering-Grainger Libraries.
- Those without NetIDs may send print jobs to the Undergraduate Library where they will accept cash payment (cash only).
New Materials and Topical Displays
- Topical Displays of materials are also offered.
- These may be accompanied by an online bibliography or research guide.
- To coordinate a topical display in the Institute Library with your project or event, contact your librarian. Open shelving as well as glassed in cases for displaying specimens or other materials that may require protection are available.
Select materials available for sale in the Institute Publications office are on display near the library entrance.
- University Library materials can be put on reserve in the Institute Library for classes, discussion groups or other activities.
- Contact your librarian to arrange to place items on reserve.
The Prairie Research Institute Library is a loan location for the Department of Natural Resources "Resources Trunks" for educators, and also for the "Naturally Illinois Science Box." Any educator, including teachers, Scout leaders, 4H leaders or project helpers may borrow a trunk. Institute Staff are welcome to borrow them for outreach activities. Each trunk is a collection of educational resources, including specimens, books, kits, and activities appropriate for a wide age-range of learners. You do not need to be affiliated with the Prairie Research Institute or the University to borrow a trunk, and there is no charge for their use.
University Library Services
Delivery of Materials
Off-campus access to Library resources
- For access to licensed online library resources (e.g., journals, e-books, abstracting and indexing databases) from home or other off-campus locations, you must log in with your NetID and Active Directory password via the University Library's Proxy Server.
- Library links to online resources will allow you to authenticate via the proxy server.
- Institute staff are encouraged to report problems with online access, whether on or off campus, to the University Library's Electronic Resource Management Team firstname.lastname@example.org
- Borrow books not available at UI or I-Share.
- Request copies of articles the University Library does not own.
- Free, usually less than 1 week turnaround. NetID/password required.
A fee based photocopy service for materials owned by the University Library.