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Information Desk

The Information Desk, 2nd Floor, Main LibraryThe Information Desk is one of the many specialized services offered by the University of Illinois Library. It is located on the second floor of the Main Library building and serves as a central information point within the University of Illinois Library System. Personnel at the Desk provide library users with research assistance, instruction in use of online resources, and directional assistance. In-person, telephone, email and text and IM services are available.


See Main Library hours.

Services & Resources

Selected Services

  • General research assistance and referrals to subject specialist librarians
  • Assistance & instruction finding book, articles, and other research materials
  • Assistance with Government Information resources
  • Information on remote access to the online catalog and article databases
  • Ready reference assistance using titles available at the Information Desk (e.g., journal abbreviations, phone numbers)
  • Self-guided mp3 and downloadable tours of the Main and Undergraduate Libraries (more information)

Special Resources

  • Library brochures, campus and library maps, and bus schedules
  • University of Illinois Supplement to the Minutes of the Board of Trustees, Academic Personnel (i.e. the Salary Book)

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