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Prairie Research Institute Library Services

Research Assistance

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.

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 a group, contact your librarian.

Current Awareness

News from the Library

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 (here's how) for specific categories on our blog (examples below).

Search Alerts

Most journals, literature databases, and news sources offer automated email or RSS alerts, either for table of contents or for new content on a particular topic.
The resources below will guide you in setting up alerts.  For help choosing appropriate sources and setting up alerts, contact your librarian.

Delivery of Materials


You may request campus mail delivery of materials from the University Library or I-Share. Note that campus mail delivery is slower than pickup from a library desk.  You may request delivery of materials from the University Library or I-Share to any University Library desk for pickup.

Field stations / off-campus

You may request delivery of University Library or I-Share materials to the I-Share Library nearest to you (see map of I-Share libraries).
Delivery is quick--usually within a week, and you can check materials out with your i-Card.  If no convenient I-Share pickup location, we can mail University Library materials to you. Contact the Institute Library desk for assistance.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

Materials requested for loan via ILLiad are delivered to faculty via campus mail.  If you have an adjunct faculty appointment, you are eligible for campus mail delivery of these materials.  This service is available to on-campus faculty only.  Otherwise, materials must be picked up from the Main Library.  

IDEALS Institutional Repository

Computing, Scanning, and Printing

Wireless Internet Access

The following wireless networks are available in the Prairie Research Institute Library.

Public Workstations and Scanner


New Materials and Topical Displays

New Materials

Topical Displays

Institute Publications

Select materials available for sale in the Institute Publications office are on display near the library entrance.


Resource Trunks for Educators

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."  Browse our trunks and check availability here. 

University Library Services

Off-campus Access to Online Resources

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

Doc Express

A fee based photocopy service for materials owned by the University Library.

Also see the University Library's Services page