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Brilliant Futures Campaign

“Ten years from now, the University Library will be known not only for its  rich print collections and special items but also for its  vast holdings of electronic materials. We will be a leader in developing electronic tools that provide easy access to online resources, giving the campus a competitive advantage over its peer institutions.”
—Paula Kaufman, University Librarian, 1999-2013


The future of the University Library has never been brighter. The Brilliant Futures Campaign, which began on July 1, 2003, concluded on December 31, 2011.  Thanks to the generosity of Library Friends, the University Library raised an incredible $50,674,325 — $20 million more than its original campaign goal.  THANK YOU!

The Brilliant Futures Campaign provided an unprecedented opportunity for alumni and friends to support these priorities: acquiring and preserving collections, attracting and retaining accomplished faculty librarians, and renovating facilities. 

The campaign may have ended, but we look forward to continuing our efforts to:

▪    Build and preserve outstanding collections 
▪    Recruit and retain talented faculty
▪    Develop and apply new technologies for scholars and researchers 
▪    Provide cutting-edge environments in which to think, contemplate, and dream 

The University of Illinois has a vision to become one of the nation's preeminent public universities. The Library will play a key role in helping the University develop leadership for the 21st century, provide excellent academic programs, encourage breakthrough knowledge and innovation, create transformative learning environments, and make sure the best and brightest have access to the Illinois experience. 

For more information on how to give, please call, write, or e-mail:

Brilliant Futures University Library
Office of Advancement
1408 West Gregory Drive, Room 227
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 333-5682 Fax: (217) 244-7201

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