Booth Library

Dean: Zach Newell

Booth Library affirms the mission of Eastern Illinois University by providing materials, services and facilities that support instruction and research. Just as the university is committed first and foremost to excellence in teaching, the library places its highest priority on the academic success of students. To this end, the library will strive to facilitate each student's educational experience, will build its collections to meet students' academic needs and will provide an effective setting for learning to take place. The library collection consists of 1 million cataloged titles, approximately 1.2 million microtexts, as well as maps, music scores and pamphlets. The library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and OCLC. Booth Library’s public catalog is part of I-Share, the statewide network of 82 Illinois academic and research libraries. Additional electronic systems provide online access to a variety of periodical and subject databases. Booth Library is also home to the Ballenger Teachers Center, housing K-12 curriculum materials and an extensive juvenile collection. Leisure reading interests are served through materials from the general book, serial and newspaper collections, as well as the latest best sellers, films and popular materials. For the university community, interlibrary loan services supplement Booth Library’s resources by making available materials that are owned by other libraries throughout the world. I-Share and the EIU Online Catalog may be accessed from the library’s website, Booth Library is named in honor of Miss Mary Josephine Booth, who served as head librarian at Eastern Illinois University from 1904 to 1945.

Browse the Booth Library Collections:

Annual Reports

Ballenger Teachers Center

Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity

Booth Library Renovation Project

Edible Book Festivals

Events & Exhibits

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

Library Advisory Board

Library Publications

Mortenson Center Visits


Open Educational Resources

Special Collections

Strategic Plan

Student Newsletter