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Uni High Library Staff - from left to right: Paul, Ms. Arnold, Vicki
Uni High Library Staff – from left to right: Paul, Ms. Arnold, Vicki

Our Staff

DoMonique Arnold joined University High School Library in August 2016! She is super excited to be a part of the high school staff, as she loves handing books to teenagers and scheduling awesome library programming.

Paul Kotheimer is the Senior Library Specialist at Uni High.  He joined the Uni High library team in February of 2010. Before that, he worked at the University of Illinois Main Library from 1994 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2010.  He’s a prolific local musician, with lots of original music available on the internet.  He’s also the step-dad to two Uni High graduates.

Vicki Pietrus is the 2017-2019 graduate assistant studying K-12/youth services librarianship at the university. Originally from Chicago, she loves to travel, talk (about movies, politics, and books), and read (she reads over 100 books a year!). Prior to her work at Uni, she was a middle school and high school English teacher.

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.

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. A?

At the moment, we’re not quite sure. If she’s not at her desk updating the library webpage, she’s either in Computer Lit class, in someone else’s class teaching about library resources, at a meeting, out to lunch, 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.