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Learn about recreation, sport and tourism resources, research, and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Recreation, Sport and Tourism Collection in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library supports the instructional and research programs in the Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism. The collection is strong in leisure theory, park and recreation management, sport management, and tourism. The Physical Education Library was established in June, 1949 in room 104 of the Main Library and included the recreation collection. Dr. Seward C. Staley, director of the School of Physical Education, through his sustained interest and efforts, was largely responsible for building the original collection and securing space in the Main Library for a Physical Education Library. The basis of the collection consisted of 61 periodical subscriptions and a collection of roughly 4,000 books. Through the efforts of Professor Allen V. Sapora, the library acquired close to fifty unpublished city recreation plans and reports which were used heavily in recreation courses. When the northwest addition to the Main Library was completed in 1964, the Physical Education Library was moved to a new, larger space in Room 146. The library name was changed in 1975 to reflect the name of the college, Applied Life Studies. The name was changed again in 2006 to Applied Health Sciences. The AHS Library’s collection and services were merged with others to form the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) in 2012.
Please direct all comments or requests for information to SSHEL, firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-1864.