The Northern Illinois University Libraries system consists of Founders Memorial Library, branch libraries which include Faraday Library, the Music Library, NIU Hoffman Estates Library, NIU Naperville Library, and NIU Rockford Library. The University Libraries contain over 2 million volumes as well as numerous periodicals, government publications, microforms, maps, recordings, audiovisual materials, and electronic databases.
NIU Libraries are participants in the I-Share System, a network involving 76 academic institutions throughout Illinois. Using computer workstations in the libraries and the World Wide Web, users may immediately determine which libraries own desired research materials. Materials not owned by NIU can be obtained quickly from other I-Share member libraries.
Founders Memorial Library, the main library, has six levels with 327,000 square feet of space and seating capacity for 1600 students. The first floor houses key library services including the circulation desk, the reference desk, services to students with disabilities, library instruction, the information desk, document delivery services, the reserves collection, periodicals collection, media collection, and the Scholars’ Den. Microforms, the map collection, and government publications are located on the second floor; the Digital Convergence Lab and the Writing Center are housed on the third floor; and the Regional History Center and Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Southeast Asia collection are on the fourth floor. The upper three floors house circulating books.
Faraday Library serves faculty and students in the disciplines of chemistry and physics. Similarly, the Music Library serves the music curriculum. NIU Hoffman Estates Library, NIU Naperville Library, and NIU Rockford Library service the needs of library users at those sites. Regular, interim, and holiday hours are posted near the entrance to each library. Call ahead to be sure of the status, or check online at www.ulib.niu.edu/aboutus/hours.cfm.
NIU libraries provide a variety of guides to collections and services. These materials are available at the information desk and at service desks in the reference and government publication areas. Additional informnation can be found online at www.ulib.niu.edu. Instruction in the use of the library is given to classes by librarians as part of the University Libraries library instruction program. Library instruction covers both basic library orientation and, for upper-level classes, in-depth instruction related to materials in particular subject areas. Online help is available from the home page’s “help” link.
Patrick José Dawson, M.A., M.L.S., dean
Chalermsee Olson, M.A., M.L.S., associate dean
T. J. Lusher, M.A., M.L.I.S., assistant dean
Meredith Ayers, M.S., Northern Illinois University, M.L.S., Kent State University, assistant professor
William Baker, M.L.S., Loughborough University, M.Phil. & Ph.D., University of London, Presidential Research Professor
Jana Brubaker, M.L.S., Indiana University, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Michael J. Duffy IV, M.L.I.S., Dominican University, M.M., Northwestern University, associate professor
Wayne E. Finley, M.L.I.S., University of Illinois; M.B.A., Western Illinois University, Quad Cities, assistant professor
Mary Frances Grosch, M.S.L.S. & M.B.A., University of Illinois, associate professor
Karen Hovde, M.A., Western Washington University, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Wendell G. Johnson, M.L.S., Northern Illinois University, M.A., Ph.D., Rice University, assistant professor
Ladislava Khailova, M.L.I.S. & Ph.D., University of South Carolina, associate professor
David F. Lonergan, M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, professor
T. J. Lusher, M.L.I.S., University of Iowa, M.A., Iowa State University, associate professor
Rebecca A. Martin, M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, M.A., Kent State University, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Beth McGowan, Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin
Sarah McHone-Chase, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, M.A., Illinois State University
James Millhorn, M.A.L.S., University of Iowa, M.A., University of Oklahoma, associate professor
Chalermsee Olson, M.A., University of Pittsburgh, M.L.S., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Nestor L. Osorio, M.A. & M.L.S., State University of New York, Geneseo, professor
Junlin Pan, M.A.L.S. & Ph.D., University of Arizona, M.S., Southwest Missouri State University, professor
Hao Phan, M.A., Northern Illinois University, M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles, assistant professor
Robert B. Marks Ridinger, M.L.S., University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Case Western Reserve University, professor
Cason Snow, M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Lynne M. Thomas, M.A., Northern Illinois University, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, assistant professor
Leanne VandeCreek, M.S.L.S., Catholic University, M.S.W., Fordham University, Tarrytown, associate professor
H. Stephen Wright, M.L.S. & M.M., Indiana University, professor
Regional History Center and University Archives
Cindy S. Ditzler, M.A., Western Illinois University, director and archivist