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A comprehensive program of Library Services is offered to students, faculty and citizens of Illinois. Visit our website for the most current status of services and collections and a wealth of electronic publications. Booth Library, the general library of the University, is named in honor of Miss Mary Josephine Booth, who served as Head Librarian at Eastern from 1904 to 1945.

The library collection consists of more than 978,209 cataloged volumes, approximately 1.2 million microtexts, as well as maps, music scores, and pamphlets selected to support the University’s educational mission. The government documents collection includes United States and Illinois State publications. Booth Library is also home to the Ballenger Teachers Center housing K-12 curriculum materials, an extensive juvenile collection, and a variety of non-print materials related to teachers and teaching. Leisure reading interests are served through materials from the general book, serial, and newspaper collections, as well as the latest best sellers, films, and popular materials. The general book collection and the periodicals collection are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification scheme.

Booth Library’s public catalog is part of I-Share, the statewide network of 76 Illinois academic and research libraries. Additional electronic systems provide online access to a variety of periodical and subject databases. For the university community, interlibrary loan services supplement Booth Library’s resources by making available materials that are owned by other libraries. I-Share and the EIU Online Catalog may be accessed from the library’s website.

Reference Services provides professional help to students and faculty in their use of the library and its resources. The Reference department provides individualized assistance, instructional materials, orientation tours, and (by appointment) specialized research clinics. Web, phone, and fax access may be used to contact Reference staff.

Library Technology Services provides students with non-print media materials, open computer labs, and technology training workshops. The department makes available non-print materials such as sound recordings, CDs, DVDs, and videos. Study carrels equipped for independent viewing and listening are provided in the area, as well as rooms for group studying. The open computer labs have many computers for patron use, equipped with a variety of software packages and Internet applications. Library Technology Services provides the university community with computer training and technology workshops in its E-Classroom.

Circulation Services will assist you in charging out and returning materials to Booth Library or other libraries in Illinois. Library materials must be returned when due to avoid fines. All library fines and charges must be paid promptly. Failure to do so could result in the loss of borrowing privileges throughout the statewide library system, and an unclear academic record may result.

The library staff invites you to use the facilities for work, study, research, and recreational reading. Librarians are available to provide personal assistance to all library users, assist in locating materials or find information, and instruct in efficient use of electronic resources. Always ask the library staff when you cannot locate something or when you need help in getting started on a research project.