Collections Overview - Collections

About the Collections

The University Library holds more than fourteen million volumes and 24 million other items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects, including 9 million microforms, 120,000 serials, 148,000 audio-recordings, over 930,000 audiovisual materials, over 280,000 electronic books, 12,000 films, millions of pages of manuscript materials, and 650,000 maps. These collections form the bulk of I-Share, the statewide library online catalog.

  • Featured Collections and Acquisitions – Lists some of the Library’s featured acquisitions, special collection libraries, and other notable collections.
    • 13th Million Volume – The library has over 13 million volumes in its collection. In 2012 the 13-millionth volume, Ise Monogatari, was added.
    • Audubon Folio – The library owns a copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of America folio, as well as a facsimile which is displayed near the Literature and Languages Library.
      • Resources on Audubon – A list of resources related to Audubon and The Birds of America, including books, catalogs, films, and music.
    • Faculty Book Plates – Faculty who are newly tenured and/or promoted are able to select a book for our Library collections. These selections are book-plated in their honor, and stand as a reminder now and into the future of the remarkable accomplishments of the faculty at this university.
      • Book Plates – See a list of the most recent year’s faculty book plates.
  • Digital CollectionsThe University of Illinois has digitized a variety of important collections and made them available online.
  • Collection Development Statements and Descriptions – Specific collection descriptions and statements.
  • Collection Services
    • Digitization Services – Digitization Services creates high quality digital reproductions or print materials to support library patrons in their research and scholarship.
    • Gifts to the Library – The University Library Gifts Policy addresses donations of print, non-print, and related gifts of both general and special nature.
    • Suggest a Purchase – Ask the library to buy a book, film, or other information source you need by providing basic author and title information. Your request will be forwarded to the appropriate subject specialist.
      • Ordering Media – The collection development policy for ordering media and information on how to request media purchases.