Illinois Fire Service Institute


IFSI Library Information Update

Dear All,

Although the IFSI Library is currently closed physically, we are working to continue to provide information assistance to our IFSI staff, instructors, and Illinois first responder patrons. The Library website is available at and our online collection catalog can be searched from there. You may email the Library at with questions, research projects, and requests. 


Interlibrary loan in Illinois is beginning to resume service. This means that we may be able to send library materials to your local public library again, and you can return items to us this way as well. This will be dependent on your local library's policies. Contact us at the library for further details.

You can now return IFSI Library materials directly to the library via appointment. Call or email to schedule your return. 

The IFSI Library offers 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. 

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

(,, (217) 333-8925)

2. 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.

3. 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. 

If you have items checked out from our library, the due dates have been extended indefinitely. Please keep your items until we provide updates on when items will be due.

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 (PowerPoint)

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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