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