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The Campaign for the Library

CMS_Friends_Image_2Often called "the intellectual heart of campus," the Library is the only academic unit to serve all disciplines in every college. Its resources are located in the Main Library bookstacks and more than 35 departmental and area studies libraries, each headed by an accomplished library faculty member. Some of these units are contained in the Main Library building, and others are located near the college or department they serve.

Overall, the Library is ranked highly nationwide, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on site. Accessibility and resource sharing are the hallmarks of the Library, and its holdings include many of the latest electronic resources that provide access to scholarly literature at the University of Illinois as well as other institutions.

In the past decade, the rapid pace of change in academic libraries has been breathtaking. New methods of discovering, retrieving, and using information have led to increased expectations from users. Technology has changed the way materials are purchased, accessed, utilized, and stored. As we look to the future, the question is not, "Will libraries be needed?" but rather, will libraries have the resources to:

The campus campaign for the Library provides an unprecedented opportunity to enhance each of the following priority areas:

Collections Enhancement
Faculty Support
Facilities Development

For more information about the Library Campaign, including options for giving, please contact the Library Office of Development and Public Affairs at (217) 333-5682 or e-mail


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

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