ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center to be Dedicated in October
This October the University Library and the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) will celebrate the opening of the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center. Funding for the new building, designed as a high-tech information center, is the result of a partnership between private donors and the State of Illinois.
The library is housed in the top four levels of the building and provides contemporary shelving, reading, circulation, and office areas. It more than doubles the current amount of space and allows for the consolidation of materials from several campus buildings. According to ACES librarian Robert "Pat" Allen, "It is quite a treat to move from our old and outdated facility into a state-of-the-art library building. There are so many new technologies available today that are difficult to fit into an older structure. This building opens up many possibilities for services to the students and faculty who use the library. It is a very beautiful space and will be used extensively as a place to meet and study." The new library also offers an electronic classroom for library instruction.
At five stories tall and with more than 52,000 square feet, the $21-million building features a unique octagonal shape and is nestled between Animal Sciences Laboratory, Mumford Hall, and Turner Hall. By day it reflects the surrounding landscape in its many glass windows, and by night it becomes a lantern that illuminates the south campus. It will serve as a place to seek knowledge and as a center of activity for the many students, faculty, alumni, and visitors who enter its doors.
The dedication ceremony will be held on October 4, 2001. For more information, please contact the College of ACES, Office of the Dean, at (217) 333-0460.