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The Northern Illinois University Libraries system consists of Founders Memorial Library, branch libraries which include Faraday Library, the Music Library, and the Regional History Center/University Archives.
The University Libraries contain over 2 million volumes as well as periodicals, government publications, microforms, maps, recordings, audiovisual materials, and electronic databases.
NIU Libraries are participants in the I-Share Online Catalog System, a network involving 71 academic institutions throughout Illinois. Using computer workstations in the libraries, via dial-up, or 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 314,000 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, and the newspaper reading room. Microforms and government publications are located on the second floor; rare books and special collections and the Southeast Asia collection are on the fourth floor. The upper three floors house circulating books and nonprint materials.
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.
NIU libraries provide a variety of guides to collections and services. These materials are available at the information desk and at service sites throughout Founders Memorial Library. 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 library resources and interlibrary loan service are available to students, faculty, and staff at the NIU Outreach Centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, and Rockford. Please see the Off Campus Academic page for more information.