The University Library is involved in a variety of interesting and exciting projects that reflect the breadth and depth of information resources provided to our users. Even as we move to a highly digitized environment, we are cognizant of our rich tradition as one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. The projects listed on this page reflect the many aspects of information and knowledge production and delivery in which we are involved. Please come and explore these with us!
Based on a synthesis of ideas from the Library faculty and staff, strategic priorities and input from the campus community, the New Service Model (NSM) Program involves nearly two dozen projects to be pursued over the next few years, as articulated in "Library Services for the 21st Century at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Final Report and Recommendations of the Budget Group Plus" (April 21, 2008).
The Learning Commons initiative is building upon the success the Undergraduate Library has had over the past 40 years as the central hub of undergraduate research and learning on the University of Illinois campus. The Commons encourages engagement with information in its various forms, reinforces the value of collaborative inquiry, creates new opportunities for community interaction, and supports students to adjust to and succeed at the University of Illinois.
collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship - unpublished and, in many cases, published - directly into IDEALS. IDEALS includes research papers, technical reports, published papers, pre-prints, conference papers and presentations, datasets, and other digital research material. Learn more...
Illinois Harvest is a free public gateway combining search, aggregation, and discovery services. We provide organized and thematic access to digitized and born-digital resources about Illinois, created by Illinois scholars, or included among the digital collections of The University of Illinois Library. The goal of the Illinois Harvest/Large-scale Digitization Initiative is to broaden our digital collections and to enhance access to those collections, as well as to complementary digital resources elsewhere.
The UIUC Library and its departmental libraries conduct a broad range of digital projects, including the digitization of library collections and archives, research in information retrieval technologies for digital collections, and digital library research projects. They also develop instructional resources and facilitating tools for digitization projects, and experiment with the application of digital content in teaching and learning.
The Gaming collection was created to support a wide variety of campus interdisciplinary programs, scholarly research, and student needs involving video games. The collection supports disciplines such as psychology, speech communications, computer science, information science, literature, and others which are investigating the technology, game world structure, narratives, and social interactions generated by the video game phenomenon.
is the cooperative effort of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, The University of Illinois Press, Facilities and Services Printing Department, and the School of Art and Design. The Press' goal is to expand the awareness and knowledge of fine press books with particular emphasis on the teaching and promotion of letterpress printing. In preserving this traditional means of book production, It's aim is to craft beautifully printed texts and to inspire an appreciation of the book-from its physical design and manufacture to its intellectual content-in students and faculty across campus and in the broader community of our region.