Special Borrowers

Special Borrowers


Alumni of UIS or SSU are eligible for an Alumni Library Card.  To obtain an Alumni Borrower Card, please submit a request for a Library Card Form.  

Alumni may check out Brookens books for 4 weeks and DVDs or Videos (1 at a time) for 1 week. 

We cannot offer I-Share or Interlibrary loan services to alumni.

Brookens Library and the University of Illinois' Library System are pleased to work with the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA). Alumni privileges include:

  • Borrowing materials (Books, Audio Books, DVDs)
  • On-campus Access to online databases
  • Reference Services
  • Wi-fi
  • Public Computers

To obtain an Alumni Borrowers Card, please request a library card. If you are unable to access this form, please visit the Brookens Library Main Desk, email us, or contact us at 217-206-6605 for additional information.


Members of the Springfield community who hold a current Lincoln Library card can request a Lincoln Library Reciprocal Borrower card from Brookens Library by filling out the Request for Library Card Form.  Reciprocal Borrowers can checkout Brookens books and audiobooks for 4 weeks. 

Community members are invited to visit Brookens Library during its regularly scheduled hours and to attend special events hosted by the Library. Below are the resources and services available to community members.

  • Wifi
  • Public Computers
  • Variety of Special Borrowers Cards: Alumni, Friends of the Library, Lincoln Library Reciprocal.  Request one using this form.
  • Reference Services (Research assistance)
Friends of Brookens

Members of the Friends of Brookens Library receive a library card as part of their membership.  Friends may check out Brookens books for 4 weeks and DVDs or Videos (1 at a time) for 1 week.

For more information about becoming a Friend of Brookens Library, visit our site here.

The Friends of Brookens Library is a support group for the library. It was formed with two major goals in mind:

  1. To foster greater community awareness and use of the resources of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
  2. To support the development of collections and services in Brookens Library.

Since the time of its founding, the Friends of Brookens Library has also played an important role in helping the library to provide exceptional programming for the greater Springfield community.

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Local borrowing privileges at Brookens Library
  • Invitations to lectures and programs sponsored by the library and the Friends of Brookens Library
  • A newsletter on library-related developments

Community Member: $50
Faculty & Staff: $25
Current UIS Students: $5

Become a Friend