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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disaster Preparedness for Libraries: About IFSI Library

This guide is designed to help libraries, librarians, and library administration create a fire safe library and minimize damage in the case of an emergency.

Welcome to the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library guide to Disaster Preparedness for Libraries. Here you will find resources for creating a safe and prepared library. As librarians, we understand that disasters occur in all library settings. We're here to help! The resources on the pages of this guide will help you evaluate, prepare, and protect your library. If you need more assistance or clarity, please feel free to email us or call us at the address and number listed below. 

IFSI Library Lending Policies

Local Lending

  • Checkout period is 4 weeks.
  • We consider extensions individually.
  • Pick up requested materials at the library desk.
  • Bring your photo ID to set up a lending account.
  • Only Illinois residents may borrow directly from our collection.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Checkout period is 6 weeks.
  • IFSI can send materials to your public library through interlibrary loan.
  • You must have a public library card.
  • It may take up to two weeks for items to arrive.

Questions?  Contact us by phone or email and we can help!  Our contact information is on the right.

IFSI Library

The Illinois Fire Service Institute Library contains books, codes and standards, DVDs, CDs, periodicals, manuals, e-resources, audiobooks, and other fire emergency resources, totaling over 65,000 items.  We serve all first responders in the state of Illinois.  Materials can be requested in person, by phone or email, or online through our catalog.  You can search our catalog by title, author, keyword, subject, or publisher, and choose the formats you want to see.  Enter as few or as many search terms as you would like; the more search terms you use the fewer results you'll get, but the results will be more specific.  If you live in Illinois and have a public library card, we can send materials to your public library via interlibrary loan.  Anyone is also welcome to visit us in person!

The IFSI Library also has a guide to doing Fire Safety Education programming at your library. You can find that here!

LibGuide created by:

LibGuide created by Jeanni Floyd.

Contact IFSI Library

Call Us: 217-333-8925 or Toll Free: 800-437-5819

Fax Us: 217-333-8379 (Library) or 217-244-6792 (IFSI)

Email Us: fsi-library@illinois.edu

Library Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Library Director
Lian Ruan: lruan@illinois.edu

Assistant Director for Library Operations & Archivist
David Ehrenhart: ehrenha1@illinois.edu

Reference & User Training Librarian
Diane Richardson: dlrichar@illinois.edu

IFSI Library also employs a number of student assistants.