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About Marshall Brooks Library at Principia College

The Marshall Brooks Library supports and enhances the mission of Principia College by creating an atmosphere conducive to learning and reflection. The library promotes information literacy, the preservation of culture, and the creation of knowledge by providing access to quality collections, instruction, services and spaces.

  • Open seven days a week during the term, the library offers:
    • 174,000+ tangible items
    • 25+ private study carrels,
    • 7 reservable rooms for group meetings (5 rooms have presentation capability)
    • 2 public kiosk computers, 3 circulating laptops, and 15 desktop computers
    • 1 multi-functional device for scanning, printing, and copying
    • 1 high-speed scanner
    • 59,000+ journals online
    • 300,000+ ebooks
  • The library participates in the I-Share system with 88 other Illinois libraries which provides our students access to over 14.9 million unique titles via our daily weekday courier service. Additionally, items may be requested outside of the I-Share system through our interlibrary loan service.
  • The resources go beyond those of a traditional library to include the Principia Archives and Special Collections of artifacts, fine art, rare books, and manuscripts in support of scholarly research. 
  • Library faculty partner with classroom faculty to provide tailored library instruction sessions across the curriculum. During the day, the library is staffed by professional researchers who are available in person, online, or by phone to assist with research. In the evening, the library is staffed with peer tutors who can assist with writing and research.

General Information

Circulation Desk

Reference & Information Desk

Mailing Address:
Marshall Brooks Library
Principia College
1 Maybeck Place
Elsah, Illinois
Library Fax