Illinois Fire Service Institute


IFSI Library Information Update

Dear All,

THE IFSI LIBRARY WILL BE TEMPORARILY MOVING TO AN APPOINTMENT-BASED SERVICE MODEL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Library staff will still be on site periodically to meet user needs and we encourage everyone to please email or call the library to schedule an appointment. The library service hours remain unchanged at 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. All of the same services offered by the library will continue to be offered including interlibrary loans, in-depth research and reference services, archives services, the circulation of library materials, and curbside pickup of library materials if requested.

Interlibrary loan services to public libraries throughout Illinois are available. If you do not live within visiting distance of the IFSI Library and would like to borrow library materials, please contact us as soon as you become aware of your information needs so that we may send them to your library within the timeframe you require. The IFSI Library has textbooks to study for promotional exams and DVDs to supplement department training, all available to borrow free of charge.

The IFSI Library continues to offer curbside pickup for members of the fire service. If you wish to borrow materials from the library and are able to drive to IFSI, please read the procedures below which the IFSI Library will be following for curbside pickup of library materials for the foreseeable future. 

REQUEST an item via our catalog, email, or phone.

(,, (217) 333-8925)

RECEIVE RESPONSE.  We will contact you when your requested item is ready or if we need further information. We will schedule a pickup time with you.

ARRIVE at the IFSI Library. The IFSI Library is located at 11 Gerty Drive in Champaign, Illinois. The library is located in the Learning Resource and Research Center (LRRC) Building, which has a Tower at its front. Pull up to the front door of the Tower and stay in your vehicle. A staff member will come out to deliver items to you. Please wear a mask to ensure safe pickup.

Electronic materials are also available. IFSI librarians are working to support training and research in every way possible via phone, email, and providing access to digital full text materials.

For more in-depth information about using the IFSI Library, go to our online subject guide:

How to Use the IFSI Library: Information Literacy for Firefighters

Also available at the library website are links to our online subject guides (LibGuides) on the following subjects:

Also linked from the Library website (scroll down) is a PowerPoint that explains how to access full text articles at the UIUC Main Library from your computer in any location. Once in the UIUC Library full text access, you will have to login with your IFSI username and password. Several fire service-related journals are available.

UIUC Library Online Journal and Article Locator (PDF)

Champaign County Public Library Websites


Library Resources for First Responders 


IFSI Library Facebook Page


Royal P. Mortenson
University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
11 Gerty Dr. - Champaign, IL - 61820-7404
Tel: 217-300-0229

Jim Keiken
Deputy Director
University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
11 Gerty Dr. - Champaign, IL - 61820-7404
Tel: 217-300-4275

Brian Brauer
Associate Director
University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
11 Gerty Dr. - Champaign, IL - 61820-7404
Tel: 217-333-9027

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