On September 21, 1966 the groundbreaking of the Undergraduate Library occurred, followed by its dedication three years later on November 15, 1969. For over 40 years we have served undergraduate students across campus as a familiar space for learning, socializing, and getting to know the University of Illinois campus. Read our detailed history of the UGL (and see exhibits created since 2009 http://illinois.libguides.com/exhibit4) to learn more about how our services and spaces have evolved over the years to meet changing student needs.
The mission of the Undergraduate Library is to provide academic, co-curricular, cultural, and technological support to our users and to be a dynamic, innovative unit. Librarians and staff provide innovative services, technology, collections, and environments to enhance collaboration and exploration; engage students in the inquiry process and educate them in their roles as content consumers and creators in the design, production, and delivery of content and media for research, discovery, and learning; and anticipate new and emerging needs to facilitate undergraduate student success. Every interaction between the Undergraduate Library and its users should enhance and enrich the undergraduate experience so that students can adjust to and succeed at the University of Illinois and beyond. Read our Vision, Mission, and Core Values of the Undergraduate Library for more information.