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Who We Are and How We Can Help

Who We Are and How We Can Help

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About Us

2013-14 Uni High Library staff.  Left-Right:  Paul Kotheimer, Senior Library Specialist; Frances Harris, Librarian; Amy Atkinson, Graduate Assistant

From left to right: Paul, Ms. Harris, Amy

Frances Harris has been the librarian at Uni High since the fall of 1987 and is still not terribly anxious to graduate from high school. She stays because Uni students make her laugh every day and because those Computer Literacy 2 projects just keep getting wackier. She uses the library blog to share some of those finer student moments and to promote all things library-related and techno-geeky. In her spare time, she plays klezmer fiddle in her band, Don't Ask. For the more traditional pedigree, see Ms. Harris's University bio.

Paul Kotheimer is the Senior Library Specialist at Uni High.  He joined the Uni High library team in February of 2010.  No stranger to the Library, Paul has worked at several jobs in the UIUC Main Library building since 1994.  He's a prolific local musician, with an abundance of original music available at  He's also the step-dad to one Uni High graduate and one Uni High student.

Amy Atkinson became the Graduate Assistant at Uni High Library in August 2013. She works on a variety of projects including making book displays and decorating the bulletin board, updating the library website and class projects pages, and helping students find and use library resources. When she's not basking in the glow of Uni students' smiles, Amy enjoys storytelling, traveling, and writing personal essays. She is double-jointed in all her fingers and has been unofficial state capitols champ of Momence, IL for 22 years running; the two have no proven correlation, but Amy has her suspicions.

2013-14 Uni High Library student workers Mary Campbell and George Gunter

Mary Campbell and George Gunter work at Uni High Library during their free periods at school. With smiles on their faces (or skeptical looks when they are tasked with throwing discarded library items into the recycle bin), they help us enormously by shelving books, shelf reading to make sure the books are in order (an odious task!), processing new books, sending old books to the University Library's Oak Street Shelving Facility, helping with displays, and all the small things that keep our library functioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can University students use the Uni High Library?

Yes! Uni High Library is a part of the University Library and is happy to serve undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Come in during library hours to use or check out our Collection.

Uni High now has security doors that prevent outsiders from entering. If you are coming to the Uni Library, just ring the doorbell to be let into the building. The library is on the second floor.

How long can I check out books for?

Nonfiction books: 4 weeks

Fiction and graphic novels: 2 weeks

Reference books can be checked out after 3 p.m. and returned by 8 a.m. the next day to Uni students and staff only.

Can I check out magazines from the library?

If you're a Uni student or staff member, yes. We only allow Uni affiliates to check out magazines because they are generally not catalogued and must be returned within three days.

New magazines (on display) may be checked out after 3 p.m. on regular school days and must be returned by 8 a.m. the next day. Back issues may be checked out for three days.

Does the library have old yearbooks?

Yes, we have Uni yearbooks from 1940 to the present behind the desk. They do not circulate, but you may use them in the library. Older yearbooks can also be requested, but that requires us to trek down to the store room and navigate an obstacle course of miscellaneous supplies in order to get to the cabinet which holds these precious yearbooks. Nonetheless, you may also use these in the library if you wish.

How do I use the copy machine?

There are written instructions on the copy machine with illustrations on how and where to place the material you are copying, so we hope you can figure this one out on your own. If not, or if the copier is showing an error message, please ask someone at either of our desks to come assist you.

Does the library have change for a dollar?

No. We do not keep cash hidden behind the desk or in any other secret place, so if you need to use the copy machine in the library, please bring change, or purchase a copy card at Grainger Engineering Library just down the street.

Are there any good books in the library?

Yes, we like to think so. If you're not finding any, you may not be looking hard enough or in the right places. Feel free to ask for help! We can show you many quick and easy tips to using the online catalog and finding exactly what you need, even if you're not quite sure what that is yet. If you're looking for something to read for pleasure, you may want to check out our Uni High Reads Blog for new books, or again, ask for help! We read a lot and could probably offer a few suggestions.

Where's Ms. Harris?

At the moment, we're not quite sure. If she's not sitting at her desk laughing hysterically at her computer, she's either in Computer Lit class, in someone else's class teaching about library resources, at a meeting, out to lunch, looking for remote controls, or just MIA. If you don't see her, e-mail her. 

For more information about the library collection, including types of resources available and loan periods, go to the About the Collection page.