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This guide was developed to help Illinois Natural History Survey and Prairie Research Institute scientists and staff find the wide array of library resources and materials available to them.
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Welcome to the INHS Library Collection.

Click the above link to find out more about the INHS Library.  Our website is located at http://www.library.illinois.edu/prairie/inhs/

Click here for our location information, bus schedules, and map.


Education and Training

We offer library orientation tours and sessions.  Instruction on topics of your choosing is available for individuals and groups of Institute staff upon request. Contact us (217-333-6892) to schedule a session for yourself or your group.

Savvy Researcher Series Includes training on various topics provided by the UIUC Library, with links to online registration when required.


Contact Us

Click here for general contact information for the INHS Librarian or contact Beth Wohlgemuth.  


The Prairie Research Institute Library is Closing December 18, 2015.

Based on recommendations of the Library Service and Space Planning Team the final closure date for the Prairie Research Institute Library service point in the Forbes Building will be Friday, December 18, 2015.  The current hours of operation (M-F 8:30-5) will remain in place through May 15, 2015.  The team is considering reduced hours beginning in summer 2015. 

 The 1-year lead time is intended to allow for the following:

  • Ample notification of all current users of the collections and service point.
  • Transfer of the majority of University Library materials to other University Library locations.      
  • Development of specific plans for continued access and appropriate curation, post closure, of specialized collections now held in the Forbes Library Space.

If you have any questions please contact Susan Braxton, Head Institute Librarian.  217-333-5856 or braxton@illinois.edu.


Important Library Information

Arrangement of the Prairie Research Institute Library
Materials are arranged by Dewey Decimal call number, as are most UIUC Library materials. Our books, Abstracts and Indexes and journals are shelved together.  Bound and unbound journals are also shelved together by call number.  New journal issues are displayed for 1 week, by day received, in the New Journals area before being transferred to the shelves. New Books are displayed on the New Book display for 4 to 6 weeks. We periodically arrange topical displays of books and other materials.

Borrowing Materials
Institute staff can borrow most books for 16 weeks, with 10 renewals allowed.
Bound journals can be checked out for 2 weeks with one 2 week renewal and can be requested on-line through the on-line catalog.  The check out time can be extended if requested.  Unbound journals require a manual checkout with 1 week to Institute staff.
For renewing info, see
Renewing Materials below.

For more info on borrowing, see UIUC library's circulation policies.

Fees / Fines
UIUC Library books more than 40 days overdue are considered lost, and the lost book charge is $125.00 per book. Lost journals are billed at a minimum of $300.00. If lost books and journals are returned, a late fee of $10.00 per item may be charged. Non-UIUC libraries have their own overdue fine schedules, which may be more or less severe. To avoid fines, renew or return all UIUC, I-Share, and Interlibrary Loan items before their due dates.
See "Renewing Library Materials" on the Renewing page.
See "Overdue Notices, Overdue Fines, and Billing" on the Billings page.

An I-Card, NetID and an Active Directory password are required to take full advantage of library resources and services.
The I-Card, which carries your library borrower bar code, is required to borrow materials. Your bar code number must be activated after your I-Card has been issued. Bar code activation can be performed at any library service point, including the INHS Library. The NetID and password is needed to make Interlibrary Loan requests.  A NetID and Active Directory password is necessary to access online resources from off-campus terminals.

Renewing Materials
Renew most items online using My Account. Many I-Share libraries allow renewal of their materials online from . If unable to renew an I-Share book online, contact the lending I-Share library. Directory of I-Share Libraries.
Some journals and reference materials cannot be renewed online; for assistance renewing these materials, or for any questions you may have, please contact us (217-333-6892).  For more information see "Renewing".

 Returning Materials
Books and journals from UIUC and I-Share libraries can be returned to the Prairie Research Institute Library and will be discharged and forwarded to the appropriate library.
Similarly, Prairie Research Institute Library materials can be returned at any UIUC or I-Share Library, unless the item is not barcoded.
Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be picked up and returned in the Main Library circulation desk on the second floor.




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Beth Wohlgemuth
Contact Info
Illinois Natural History Survey Librarian
Prairie Research Institute Library
1816 S. Oak St.
1027 Forbes Natural History Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-4907
Fax: (217) 244-0802
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Resources for Biologists Guide

The Resources for Biologists Guide is an excellent source for select references and other works to support biologists scholarly and career needs.


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