News & Events

February 15, 2017

The University Library was fortunate enough to host not one, but three special events to recognize extraordinary faculty and their accomplishments. In ceremonies this past fall, Christopher J. Prom, William H. Mischo, and Clara M. Chu were formally inv …

February 15, 2017

Professor Laurence H. Miller, former University Library faculty member, has established the Larry and Mary Miller Endowment Fund. The new endowment will fund a professorship or scholars program and support Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection …

February 15, 2017

This past fall, the Funk Library, which holds a special place in the hearts of those in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES), received a significant collection donation from a non-university, non-local firm in apprec …

October 4, 2016

What do the Library, emerging technology, and a monastery have in common? To answer that question you have to understand the unconventional collaboration between two library units: the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, a unique profe …

October 4, 2016

Although it was the middle of the rainy season, I had the great pleasure of spending two weeks in Tokyo this summer, visiting six universities and purchasing books for the University Library. One of the highlights was attending the Japan Illini Club’s …

October 4, 2016

From July 25 through August 1, 2016, I traveled to Brazil seeking to learn from their library systems, establish library contacts, explore avenues for collaboration, visit the offices of our long time vendor of Brazilian books, learn from Brazilian and …

October 3, 2016

This summer, Elizabeth Burlison Grob and her son, Henry, hand-delivered 20 issues of Skyrider, a military newspaper published by the 327th Glider Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne Division after the Second World War. The issues, despite being about …

May 20, 2016

John P. Wilkin was the guest of honor on April 15 as he was bestowed the medallion naming him the second Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries. Library and campus faculty and staff, along with John’s family, attended the ceremony and recep …

May 20, 2016

In 1997, before he passed away, Christopher Millsap quietly donated a small collection of historical family documents to the University Library in his grandmother’s name (Martha L. Walker). Over the next 19 years, family members lost track of the exact …

May 20, 2016

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC), a specialized international resource and service in the University Library. Based in the ACES (Funk) Library, it features the largest existing electron …

May 20, 2016
Gifts at Work

A gift from a Library Friend has funded a display case (and permanent home) for a camera belonging to the Illinois alumnus who shaped 20th-century journalism.

February 29, 2016
Gifts at Work

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

February 29, 2016

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.

February 15, 2016

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.

February 15, 2016

The Student Life and Culture Archives collects, preserves, and makes available the materials documenting fraternity and sorority history and all aspects of student experience at Illinois. An Illinois alumnus has made arrangements to donate photos to its collection. These, however, are not just any photos; there is an extraordinary story behind them.

July 27, 2015
A “treasure trove for researchers.”

The poet’s important papers ultimately landed at Illinois, and the financial support of Library Friends was vital in making it happen.

February 24, 2015
Gifts at Work

The story of Jina Park, a recent alumna of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), wonderfully illustrates how the generosity of alumni and friends creates opportunities for bright, ambitious students to strengthen their own ski …

February 1, 2015
Gifts at Work

Meet Library Intern Margaret Joyce. The digitization work she’s doing in HPNL is made possible through a generous gift from a Friend of the Library.

January 8, 2015
Thousands of WWI-era photos are in need of treatment and re-housing.

With an approximate cost of $20 per photo, a generous gift of $1,000 would conserve 50 photographs at a time. Smaller contributions are also welcome.

December 8, 2014

The unique collection of mint-condition railroad passenger memorabilia is now housed in the Library’s Illinois History and Lincoln Collections.

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