BEL Closing

Apr 26, 2012

The Business and Economics Library at the University of Illinois will permanently close to the public at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012.  While the familiar space is going away, the core services and relationships with library personnel will remain or be extended. The Library will continue to support business-related research and information discovery through a program of Business Information Services that will include both “embedded librarian” service programs and participation in the online Ask-A-Librarian services.  The Library will continue to acquire new print and digital materials in business, economics and related fields and the existing liaison relationships for the department will remain unchanged.   Specifically, users will still be able to find the following assistance for their research needs:

The University Library appreciates the support of the College of Business, the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and the Department of Economics, and looks forward to continuing to serve its patrons’ teaching, learning, and research needs on campus through continued financial support for the physical and virtual collections that support their academic activities.  The University Library would also like to acknowledge the Business and Economics Library staff who have delivered excellent service. Their hard work is especially appreciated during this transition.

Individual questions about this transition may be directed to Sue Searing (, Interim Associate University Librarian for User Services.

Users can still access the BEL portal or BEL's resources at during this transitional period.

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