Brown Library Departments

The Reference Department offers a wide variety of services to assist students, faculty, staff and alumni. Reference service is available for all patrons at the Joliet campus main library facility.Reference librarians at the main library can be reached every hour that the library is open.

Phone: 815.740.5041 or 800.726.6500Email:

Borrowing privileges are granted to all current USF students, faculty, staff and alumni upon completion of a registration card. A USF photo identification card, or other library-granted card with a barcode, must be presented upon request to check out books and other materials from the library. For a table explaining the borrowing periods for the various user groups and collections, please visit the borrowing policies page. The circulation department also houses the reserve desk. Instructors may place items on reserve by contacting the circulation department or visiting the library reserves page. Students may come to the circulation desk to view, copy and/or check out reserve materials.

Phone: 815.740.3690Email:

Librarians are available to speak to classes or groups about library resources and how they fit into the class or the specific assignment. Librarians will work with faculty members to customize the presentations to the needs of the class. Instruction sessions can be arranged by phone, email or by filling out an instruction request form online or at the reference desk.

Phone: 815.740.3447Email:

Inter-Library Loan
Current members of the USF community including faculty, staff and students may use Brown Library's ILL service. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service to those outside the USF community or to USF alumni. ILL allows USF affiliates to request items from libraries worldwide for free. Registration is required to use ILL, register now. If you have further questions regarding ILL, please read the ILL policies, or call or email the ILL department.

Phone: 815.740.3446Email:

Library Archives
The Brown Library Archives is responsible for identifying, collecting, organizing, describing, preserving and making available for research and reference those records of the University that are of sufficient historical, legal, fiscal or administrative value to warrant permanent preservation. For more information visit the Library Archives homepage.

Phone: 815.740.3595Email: