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Two Firms to Design Archives, Special Collections Home

Library selects teams to reconceptualize UGL spaces

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Webinars for Library Friends

These presentations are part of a virtual series hosted by the Friends of the Library and initiated by the Library Board of Advocates to share the wonders of the University Library at Illinois.

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Gifts at Work

Russell and Sharon Ewers and three grandsons

Harvesting the Fruits of Knowledge

Window celebrates education throughout generations

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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