Room 201 in the Main Library

  • See Room 201 Main Library in Google Maps
  • 1408 West Gregory, Urbana
  • Information Services Desk (217) 333-2290
  • Central Access Services: M-F 8:30am-5pm (217) 333-8400, 217-244-0732 (evenings and weekends only) 

Room 201 in the Main Library is home to the Circulation Desk (Central Access Services) and the Information Desk. The Circulation Desk is where you can obtain a courtesy card, speak with personnel about library accounts, and gain entrance to the Main Stacks. Many times you can have books delivered to the Main Stacks for pick-up. 

If you need assistance with research, finding library materials, or have any library-related question in any subject, then the the Information Desk is the place to visit. Staffed by Librarians and Graduate Assistants, the Information Desk can be reached in-person, over the phone, through text-message and Instant Message. Take a look at these options on our Ask A Librarian web page. There are numerous pieces of publicly available technology in room 201 and adjacent room 200 including:

  • flatbed scanners
  • a Book Eye scanner
  • copy machines
  • black and white printers
  • color printing  


The Katherine Lucinda Sharp bronze plaqueKatherine Lucinda Sharp bronze plaque is now housed in Room 201. Lorado Taft sculpted this bronze plaque in 1921. It is a low relief, half-sized portrait from an original photograph and the dimensions are 48" by 35 ½".

The plaque depicts Katherine Lucinda Sharp, who was the director of the Library School from 1893 to 1907. She is credited as the founder of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, though the graduate programs were not officially introduced until 1911.

Until 1978, the Library School was located on the third floor of the Library. This plaque was a gift presented by the Library School Alumni in 1921.

Its inscription reads "Nobility of character and grace of person were united with intellectual vigor and scholarly attainments. She inspired her students and associates with sound standards of librarianship and ideals of service."