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Strategic Partnerships & Community Collaborations

Our librarians develop strategic partnerships for programming and engagement that may exceed the menu items listed here. Partnerships are not exclusively available to faculty and instructors in the College of Fine and Applied Arts; past partnerships have included the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, Krannert Art Museum, the iSchool, the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Champaign-Urbana Small Press Festival, and more. We also welcome partnerships with individuals and groups who are not affiliated with the University of Illinois.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning outcomes are tailored to the goals of the partnership.

Session Parameters

  • Required notice for this menu item varies according to the partnership’s goals. If you are considering this menu item, please fill out our request form or contact us as soon as possible.

Partner Testimonials


Graduate Assistant Mallika Ramachandran introduces a library exhibition.

Ricker Architecture & Art Library orientations have been essential for the curatorial interns at Krannert Art Museum. We offer hands-on museum education by asking students to research works of art, which can include everything from uncovering logistical details to finding exhibition histories and broad intellectual context. Knowing where to get started, and how to deepen their inquiries, has been essential. I have seen students benefit from instructions on how to use specific online databases and how to locate library books in the stacks, and they apply these skills to their other classes.

– Amy Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Krannert Art Museum


With the help of the Ricker Library’s Emilee Mathews, I have taught several studio art courses that utilized the Library as a site for creative play and invention, as well as for research. For these classes, the Ricker served as a unique kind of place, one that is somewhere between a controlled classroom and a public square, where we negotiated the needs and actions of others while engaging in collective and individual learning. In this way, the Ricker has been invaluable for helping me introduce expectations of success, failure, and accountability in ways that extend beyond our typical classroom walls.

– Ryan Griffis, Professor of Studio Art, School of Art & Design

Two participants in the library’s Pop-Up Paper Engineering workshop display their spooky creations.

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