General FAQs


Where is the Funk ACES Library located?

The Isaac Funk Family Library (Funk Library or Funk ACES Library, for short) is in an hexagonal-shaped brick building, located southeast of the old ACES Library, which was in Mumford Hall. It occupies the 2-5th floor of the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center (LIAC) [ map of ACES LIAC].   

To arrive by car, head south on either Fourth Street or Lincoln Avenue until you reach Pennsylvania Ave.  Then take a right on Pennsylvania and continue until you reach South Goodwin.  Turn into South Goodwin and take a left at the stop sign.  Follow the main road until you reach the circular parking lot.  If you need further assistance, feel free to consult a campus map or call the main desk at (217) 333-2416.  

Our address is: 
Funk Library
200 ACES LIAC
1101 S. Goodwin, MC-633
Urbana, IL  61801  

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When is the Funk ACES Library open?

The library's hours are included on our home page, including any announcements when changes are made over holiday or break periods. The library welcomes all users, though a valid I-Card is required for access between the hours of midnight and 3:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

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How do I contact the Funk ACES Library?

You can contact the Funk ACES Library circulation desk at (217) 333-2416. You can reach the reference desk at (217) 244-2249. You may also submit an electronic request form or e-mail us directly at aceslib@library.illinois.edu.

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What does the acronym ACES mean?

ACES is the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.  When the new library was dedicated in 2001, the name of the library was changed from the ACES Library to the Isaac Funk Family Library (Funk ACES Library, for short).

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What subject areas are represented in the Funk ACES Library’s collection?

The Funk ACES Library’s collection covers a wide range of subject areas, including general agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agricultural history, animal sciences, conservation, consumer economics, crop sciences, environmental sciences, family studies, food science, forestry, home economics, horticulture, human and community development, nutrition, plant sciences, restaurant and hospitality management, soil science, textiles and water quality. Many of our subjects overlap with other libraries on campus, so you may want to consult them as well (see Departmental Library listings, including hours and locations).

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Where can I park when using the Funk ACES Library?

During normal business hours, you can pay to park at any metered space in University parking lots or along the street.  After 5pm and on weekends, you can freely park in the University parking lots. There are also visitor spots available if you obtain a visitor’s parking pass from the College of ACES Human Resources department, in Room 117 of Mumford Hall, (217) 333-2664. 

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Are tours available?

Yes, tours are available. They can be arranged by using our electronic request form or by contacting a Funk ACES Librarian at (217) 333-2416.

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Where are the journals located?

Journals and periodicals can be located in two areas:

  1. Issues within the last five years are shelved in alphabetical order in the "Current Periodicals" section.  They can be found on the main (second) floor on the West side of the building.
  2. Journals older than five years are shelved with the rest of our collection.  These are stored in bound volumes and arranged by their call number.

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Can journals be checked out?

No,  journals are non-circulating material.  They are only lent out for photocopying purposes.  If they do leave the library, they must be brought back immediately after they have been photocopied.  

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I have the call number of a book in the Funk ACES Library. Where can I find it?

We have separated the call numbers for the Funk ACES Stacks in the following manner. Please also check the Funk ACES Library floor map.

000 – 338.1 U

Oversized

ACES Reference

CPLA Reference

New Books 

Second Floor

West Side

Current Periodicals

Reference – Statistics

Second Floor

East Side

338.1 V – 596.04

Third Floor

West Side

569.05 – 631.2

Third Floor

East Side

631.3 – 999

Fourth Floor

West Side

Compact Shelving

Fourth Floor

East Side

If the Online Catalog states that an item is in the following areas:

  • ACES - stacks, both regular and non-circulating--"non-circ"
  • ACES Atlases - on the 2 nd floor, please ask a staff member for assistance
  • ACES Compact Stacks - 4 th floor, east side of the building.
  • ACES Reserves or Closed Stacks - 2 nd floor, behind the circulation desk, please ask a staff member for assistance.
  • ACES Reference - 2 nd floor, shelved on the northwest side of the building.
  • ACES Reference Stats - 2 nd floor, shelved to the left of the reference desk on the east side of the building.
  • ACES & CPLA New Books - located on the 2 nd floor in the southwest corner.
  • CPLA Reference - located on the 2 nd floor in the northwest corner.

As always, if you are having difficulty locating an item, please do not hesitate to ask a member of our staff for assistance.

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Where can I find call numbers that begin with a Q.?

The Q.---  refers to over-sized items and not a location. The Funk ACES Library does not shelve these separately.  When looking for an item with a call number that begins with Q., ignore the Q. and look for the numbers following it. For example, you can find Q630.1JO shelved at 630.1JO, and Q.50P418 shelved at .50P418.

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Where can I find call numbers that begin with a C.?

In the Funk ACES Library, we shelve books whose call numbers begin with C at the beginning of our collection. The C is treated as three zeros (.000) before the first number of letter.  You can locate these books before items with the call number .001. For example, you can find C5P418 shelved at .0005P418.

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Where can I find call numbers that begin with an F.?

These are atlases or "folios" and are located on the shelves in between the "Current Periodicals" and "ACES Reference" or on the small free-standing table across from these sections, on the west side of the building.

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Where can I find call numbers that begin with an A.?

The A at the beginning of a call number represents .016. If you are trying to locate a book with call number A, you should look on the shelves where the .016's are stored. For example, you can find A.050P418 shelved at 016.050P418.

If further assistance is needed, please inquire at either the circulation or reference desks.

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Where can I find call numbers that begin with a B.?

The B at the beginning of a call number indicates that a book is a biography. The B is the same as 920, which is the Dewey Decimal number for biographies/

If further assistance is needed, please inquire at either the circulation or reference desks.

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Who is the library named after?

The ACES library is named after the Isaac and Cassandra Funk family. A digital archive of Funk family related photos may be found by searching for keyword "Funk" at the Illinois Harvest website.

For further information, please ask one of our staff members to view the book Jewel of the ACES Campus given out at the library's dedication ceremony, with a more detailed history of the Funk Family OR see the e-version of the commemorative book.

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Who designed the new building?

The ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center was designed by two separate architecture firms: Phillips Swager Associates and Woollen, Molzan & Partners, Inc.


Where are the fire pulls and extinguishers located?

Fire pulls and extinguishers are located throughout the building for safety and can be found in several locations.


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Where do I find the former Biology Library's collection that was merged into Funk ACES Library?

The Biology Library officially closed on May 13, 2011 as part of the University Library’s New Service Models initiative.  Most of the Biology Library’s print books and journals were moved into the Funk ACES Library this summer and integrated into the current Funk ACES Library Reference and regular collections.  The integrated titles will remain findable by searching the Online Library Catalogfor location and call number. 


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Is there a librarian subject specialist for the biological sciences?

Diane Schmidt, the Biology Librarian, has an office in Burrill Hall as well as in Funk ACES and is available for consultations, in-class training sessions, and other information services support.  She can be reached at 333-0281 or by email at dschmid@illinois.edu.  Guides for new students and faculty are available.  Access biology resources and other related information at the new Biology Virtual Library website.

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