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The following items are needed to enhance collections throughout the University Library System. Please call (217) 333-5683 or click on Make a Gift below to purchase one or more of these items.  If you make your gift online, please specify the amount of the book or item and the unit/library it is for along with its title or description under "Special Instructions."  

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Good sewing skills for The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are needed to help sew cotton covers for rare book cradles.  A simple pattern and the fabric will be provided to interested seamstresses (and seamsters).  Contact The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at (217) 333-3777 to participate.

The Undergraduate Library is looking for classic video game magazines and related periodicals as part of its vintage gaming archive. These materials will help augment our collection of vintage games, and serve as core sources for campus researchers investigating historical aspects of this important pop culture phenomenon. The Library has identified the following titles as being of interest to local researchers:


$190 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues . The 2-volume set features an alphabetical list of the 230-plus entries, a guide to related topics, and a timeline of STDs. Articles are signed by qualified experts and include a bibliography of suggested further readings. Case studies, illustrations, and informative insets and tables support the text.

$250 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase four microfilm reels of Donskaia pchela (Rostov-na-Donu, 1891-1893). This semiweekly newspaper was published in the major commercial, industrial, and administrative center of Rostov-na-Donu (near the Russian-Ukrainian border) as it developed into one of Russia’s largest cities in the late 19th century.  In addition to providing detailed information about commerce and economics in the region, its liberal-bourgeois orientation led it to be critical of corrupt officials, exploitative bosses, and the negligence of local authorities. The University Library has the opportunity to be the first in the United States to hold a copy of this important resource for Russian social and economic history.

$250 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase four microfilm reels of Donskaia rech’ (Novocherkassk, 1892-1895). Published four times a week, this newspaper from the former capital of the Don Cossacks provided a liberal perspective on the many issues facing the Russian Empire during the conservative reigns of Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II.  Available from the National Library of Finland, this will be the first copy of this newspaper in the United States.

$250 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Kazikumukh i ego tukhumy . The region of Dagestan in extreme southern Russia is known as the “Mountain of Tongues” due to its extraordinary linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity.  For hundreds of years, political entities centered on the city of Kumukh supported the interests of Dagestan’s Lak and other peoples, in which the institution of the tukhum (a clan-based form of social organization) played an important part.  The Library will be the first in the United States to own this large-format, two-volume exploration of the present, past, and future of the Lak tukhums, which will complement its existing ethnographic and anthropological collections on the non-Slavic peoples of Russia.

$255 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Rusca-Azarbaycanca lugat : uc cildda . This new edition of the Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences’ 3-volume Russian-Azerbaijani dictionary will update the Library’s extensive holdings of Turkic dictionaries, and will provide speakers and students of Russian (not to mention Library staff) with an improved means of accessing the language of this important, oil-rich country bordering both Iran and Russia.

$425 for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase Van Dyck en España . The authors study Anthony Van Dyck’s (1599-1641) relationship with Spain in the 17 th century. The study includes newly discovered paintings by Van Dyck and his influence on Spanish painters of the time such as Velazquez and Murillo. 

$550 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase the Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition . This is a two-volume reference set of particular diets and related dietary topics, aimed at a general audience with little medical jargon. There are approximately 300 articles. Other features include lists of key-terms, "questions to ask your doctor" in the sidebar, a glossary of key terms, and a comprehensive resource section that includes a directory of organizations and support-groups, as well as a comprehensive general index.

NEW! $680 for the Literatures and Languages Library to purchase a luxury facsimile of a collection of letters by the famous author of Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra . This volume contains in one place, seventeen letters whose originals are scattered in archives and libraries around the world, making it a valuable research and teaching tool. The letters are prefaced by introductory essays by scholars in the filed and would nicely compliment the Library’s extensive holdings of Spanish Golden Age literature.

$680 for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase the two-volume set, World History of Design . An important new multi-volume work on design history by Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The first two volumes provide a comprehensive and detailed historical account of design from prehistory to the end of World War II, including substantial new material on design in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

$750 for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase Man Ray: Models . This numbered and limited edition exhibition catalog includes a beautifully crafted facsimile of an original photo album of models produced by Man Ray between 1921 and 1940. Accompanying the album is a text volume written by Man Ray’s friend Janus, who thoughtfully interprets the images and offers new insight on Man Ray’s life and artistic practice. The lush and intimate nature of this catalog provides a deeply personal reading of the artist’s work; and would be an excellent complement to the Library’s rich collection of scholarly texts on the subject. 

$795 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to acquire The Companion to Language Assessment . This 4-volume set examines the key issues for practitioners and scholars of language teaching and assessment, the impact on language learners, and specific approaches to assessment employed around the world.

$800 for the  Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase Images: Critical and Primary Sources . This major reference work brings together seminal writings on the image from a range of disciplines including art, history, philosophy, anthropology, and cultural studies. 

$990 for the  Ricker Library of Architecture and Art to purchase  Interior Design and Architecture: critical and primary sources A new multi-volume reference work that gathers historical and contemporary texts critical to understanding both the past and future directions of interior design. The four volumes titled  Design Awareness, Sensory Expectation, Cinematic Engagement, and Public Interaction bring together essays and papers from Asia, Europe, and North America.

$1,000 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase a Brazil 2014 World Cup Press & Ephemera Collection. This is a special collection of ephemera materials from the World Cup 2014, held in Brazil, including newspapers, clippings, propaganda, magazine issues devoted to the subject, sports supplements, and others, all gathered from Brazilian media and stadiums.

NEW! $1,000 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase and install 6 to 7 art prints for a large wall space to create a more welcoming atmosphere.  The prints are framed reproductions of classic book spines, and each print will represent one of the subject areas included in SSHEL. Examples may be seen at Each framed piece costs $120; smaller donations are welcome!

$1,255 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase Women in Colonial India: Historical Documents and Sources . This important five-volume set brings together key primary sources on topics such as female infanticide, widow-burning, education, health, and marriage and will be of interest to scholars in history, women’s and gender studies, as well as South Asian area studies. It is not widely held in U.S. libraries and would be an excellent addition to the Library’s strong South Asian collection. 

$1,410 for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library to purchase the Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health . Expanded to six volumes, with over 150 new entries, this third edition is destined to outshine the previous ones. Entries cover disease and disorders, tests and procedures, equipment and tools, human biology and body systems, the nursing and allied health professions, and current health issues.

$1,500 for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to produce fashionable labels and a poster to give a new exhibit just the right accessories. Poplin and Paper: Five Centuries of Fashion in Print will feature only the most fashion-forward rare books, but needs help getting ready for the runway. Support this fun summer exhibition in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Clothes make the man—and woman!

$1,900 for the Music and Performing Arts Library to complete its holdings of the important Archives Internationales de Musique Populaire series of popular world music recordings from VDE Gallo. MPAL currently has only 22 of the 117 discs available. One of the most highly-acclaimed and well-documented series of ethnomusicological recordings, this set is a critical resource for those studying music and culture around the world.

NEW!$2,000 for the Media Commons at the Undergraduate Library to purchase equipment to make up a “ Portable Video Studio.”  This would allow it to be able to check out the necessary green screen on a frame, tripod, camera, lights, and audio for faculty and staff to shoot high-quality video for their classes, departments, and for their online learning efforts.  The Media Commons is a centralized place on campus for loanable technology check-out and video production services to support classes and projects.

$2,500 for the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs to partially support a visiting public or academic librarian in the Mortenson Center Associates Program ( Many librarians from other countries do not have enough funding to support their participation in this world-renowned professional development program. This gift will help to defray the cost of housing and the program fee for librarians outside the United States and give them the opportunity to explore and engage with current issues and trends in the field of librarianship.

$3,000 for the Library and Information Science Virtual Library to fund the hiring of a graduate student to take on a special project—scanning the Library’s significant collection of historical public library annual reports. This student would work through the copyright permissions for the post-1923 materials. Scanning will allow these items to be more widely accessible and findable (due to enhanced cataloging taking place at the same time). In addition, the print materials will be stored at the Oak Street Library Facility where they will be better preserved.

NEW!$3,500 for the LIS Virtual Library to purchase the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 4th Edition. The newest edition of this landmark title will be available in January 2016, and is co-edited by two graduates of Illinois’ top-ranked Graduate School of Library and Information Science. It is considered an essential reference title.

$3,920 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase access rights to Brill’s online Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (EJIW). This is the first cohesive reference work which covers the Jews of Muslim lands especially in the late medieval, early modern, and modern periods. The online copy, started in 2010, is updated twice annually with new articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material. The EJIW has been awarded the 2011 Judaica Reference Award by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The online copy includes an analytical index, survey of Jewish journals in the Islamic world, and maps.

$4,500 for the Undergraduate Library to purchase and install materials to create a Student Exhibit/ Display Area. The Undergraduate Library is working with students and faculty from the School of Art & Design to plan efforts to enclose three of its recessed alcoves with locking glass cases, and install wire systems and lighting in order to showcase student photography, paintings, drawing, and designs. Each alcove costs $4,500; smaller donations are welcome!

$4,620 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase access rights to the online Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture (EWIC).  The EWIC consists of 6 volumes published between 2003-2007; there are 1,246 articles on all women in Muslim majority and Muslim minority societies written by 907 scholars from around the world. The EWIC offers a view of the complexities, diversities, pluralities, specificities, contradictions, and historical transformations in the civilizational experiences of Islamic cultures as they pertain to women. EWIC documents the complexities and the diverse experiences of women in Islamic cultures.

$5,000 for the International and Area Studies Library to purchase a large exhibition case for “Flash Exhibitions.” The idea is that such a space could be used for exhibiting a small display on a “hot” topic or a subject of current interest. It would allow the Library more flexibility for promoting resources on current events, complimenting events, and collaborating with other campus units to highlight distinctive area studies collections.

$5,000 for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to acquire a rare first edition of an interactive 18th-century solar eclipse ‘kit’ conceived by the astronomer Georg Moriz Lowitz (1722-74) to prepare amateur astronomers for the appearance of the coming eclipse over Europe on July 25, 1748.  The maps, which Lowitz based on the calculations of the Swiss mathematician-physicist Leonard Euler (1707-83), are accompanied by a ‘ user’s manual’ and a  ‘printed instrument’ by means of which readers could make observations referencing the maps even while the celestial event was in progress overhead. Also included in the work is an engraving that contains two colored disks intended to be cut out and used with the maps to measure the extent of occultation at local points chosen by the reader, and a ‘ruler’ of the timeline of the eclipse to be used for the same purpose. Lowitz instructs observers all over Europe to collect data of the true path of the eclipse which he will then use to issue maps showing how closely his predictions corresponded to reality. The copy the Library wishes to acquire once formed part of the library of the Hungarian astronomer Baron Franz Xavier von Zach (1754-1832), who in 1800 organized the “Celestial Police” (Himmelspolizei) to search for the missing planet predicted by the Titius-Bode Law to orbit between Mars and Jupiter (they found the Asteroid Belt). There are only two other copies of this 1748 imprint in the United States.

To fund one of these items or to ask for additional titles in an area of interest, call (217) 333-5682 or email

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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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