The Research and Information Services (RIS) department at the University of Illinois Library is dedicated to helping patrons find and access the Library’s information and research resources. Listed here are some of RIS’s services, including Ask a Librarian, instructional workshops, and tours.

  • Contact Us – Contact information for the department and its staff members.
  • Ask a Librarian – Research help is available in-person, via telephone, email, text, and our online chat service.
  • Savvy Researcher Workshops – These workshops, led by subject experts, explore various topics relevant to research and academic success.
  • Tours – Get to know the University Library by taking a tour!
  • Main Stacks Reference Collection – This collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, subject focused reference resources, and more.
  • Online Reference Collection – This guide links to useful online reference materials, including general dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as resources focused on specific subject disciplines.
  • Thesis and Serials File – Explains how to search the card catalog (located on the second floor of the Main Library near the entrance to the main stacks) for older serial and theses records.
  • Audubon Folio – A facsimile copy of Birds of America, an illustrative set of 435 plates published by John James Audubon, is on display by the Literatures and Languages Library. The Library also owns an original set, which is housed in our Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
    • Audubon Resources – A list of resources related to John James Audubon and The Birds of America, including books, catalogs, films, and music.
  • Library Guides – These resource guides are built by librarians to help you through the research process.
  • Library FAQs – See frequently asked questions about various library topics.