News & Events

Building Project Update

Renovation plans continue to take shape

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A Librarian and a Scholar: University grants honorary degree to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

At its 2019 ceremony, the University of Illinois bestowed a Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Carla Hayden, the 14th person to serve as Librarian of Congress and only the third trained librarian to hold that position.

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Renovations Planned for Main Library

Projects provide service, style, and scholarly opportunities

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Gifts at Work

New Travel Grants Open Doors to Scholars

Funding invites researchers to use any library on campus

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I was in grade school the first time I was taken into the Library, by a family friend. I remember that we discovered the first issue of 'Life' magazine, which seemed to me of incalculable antiquitiy. For many months in the mid-60s, I returned to the archives for a University Centennial project, paging through a century of back issues of the 'Daily Illini' to compile 'An Illini Century,' a centennial memory of undergraduate life. It was an exciting time; I had the feeling that I might find most anything in those pages, and I did —from Lorado Taft's farewell to Urbana to Red Grange selling his car in the classified ads.”
—Roger Ebert
BS, 1964