The Northern Illinois University Libraries system consists of Founders Memorial Library, Faraday Library, and the Music Library. The University Libraries contain over 2 million volumes as well as numerous periodicals, government publications, microforms, maps, recordings, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources.
NIU Libraries are participants in the I-Share System, a network involving 145 academic institutions throughout Illinois. Access is via the World Wide Web and allows users to immediately determine which of the 86 I-Share 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, the Accessibility Resource Room, library instruction, document delivery services, the reserves collection, periodicals collection, media collection, and the Scholars’ Den. Microforms, the map collection, government publications, and the Test of Academic Proficiency Tutoring Center are located on the second floor; the Digital Convergence Lab and the Reading Assistance 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 Regular, interim, and holiday hours are posted near the entrance to each library and on the library website. Call ahead or check online to be sure of the status.
NIU libraries provide a variety of guides to collections and services. These materials are available 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 “Find Help” links on the libraries’ website. The course UNIV 105, Introduction to Library and Information Research, provides a broad overview of information-literacy concepts as related to the library, including locating, evaluating, and using all types of resources. See www.libguides.niu.edu/InfoLibraryResearch.
Patrick José Dawson, M.A., M.L.S., dean
Rosanne Cordell, M.L.S., M.S., associate dean
Chalermsee Olson, M.A., M.L.S., associate dean
T. J. Lusher, Ed.D., M.A., M.L.I.S., assistant dean
Meredith Ayers, M.S., Northern Illinois University, M.L.S., Kent State University, assistant professor
Jana Brubaker, M.L.S., Indiana University, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Rosanne Cordell, M.L.S., Indiana University, M.S., Indiana University South Bend, associate professor
Elizabeth H. Cribbs, M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, assistant professor
Patrick Jose’ Dawson, M.A. University of New Mexico, M.L.S., University of Arizona, 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
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, associate 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, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, M.L.I.S., University of Iowa, M.A., Iowa State University, associate professor
Beth McGowan, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin, assistant professor
Sarah McHone-Chase, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, M.A., Illinois State University, associate professor
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
Lynne M. Thomas, M.A., Northern Illinois University, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, associate professor
Leanne VandeCreek, M.S.L.S., Catholic University, M.S.W., Fordham University, Tarrytown, associate professor
Regional History Center and University Archives
Cindy S. Ditzler, M.A., Western Illinois University, director and archivist