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A gift from an Illinois alumna and Library Friend has established The Berthold Family Professorship in Information Access and Discovery.

The work and achievements of the first 25 years of the Mortenson Center are a legacy to Library Friends C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson.

On November 6, 2015, more than 130 Library Friends gathered at the Main Library to celebrate the Library’s recent acquisition of some 3,000 movies from That’s Rentertainment, a local video rental company that closed its doors last summer.

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A gift from an Illinois alumna and Library Friend has established The Berthold Family Professorship in Information Access and Discovery.

To me, the Library is quite simply the single most important resource of the University. All departments and disciplines, all levels of students, and faculty and staff use its resources. Its resources are also open to scholars from around the world and to all the citizens of Illinois, the nation, and the world. It is a true center of excellence in every meaning of the word. Books have always had an important place in my family. A gift to the University Library just seemed like the most fitting and meaningful way to honor my family.

— Carol A. Berthold

BA, 1964