Gifts At Work

Gifts to the Library touch every program, scholar, and student at Illinois.


As a University of Illinois graduate student, Carla Barnwell had her own study carrel in the Main Library stacks—and she  relished the environment. “I loved being surrounded by books,” the retired biology teacher said. “It’s an environment that’s reall …

Everyone on this planet has been touched by innovation from Illinois. For 150 years, the University Library has been an important partner with the University in generating knowledge. The Library is at the core of the intellectual life or our faculty and students. They, and countless others worldwide, rely on it to meet the demands of education and research in the 21st century.

— Robert J. Jones

More Gifts at Work Stories

On April 13, faculty, staff, students, and Library Friends gathered in the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library to celebrate the legacy of Professor Ralph Fisher; Professor Christopher “Kit” Condill and Professor Joseph Lenkart, the very first …

The University Library was fortunate enough to host not one, but three special events to recognize extraordinary faculty and their accomplishments. In ceremonies this past fall, Christopher J. Prom, William H. Mischo, and Clara M. Chu were formally inv …

Professor Laurence H. Miller, former University Library faculty member, has established the Larry and Mary Miller Endowment Fund. The new endowment will fund a professorship or scholars program and support Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection …

Gifts at Work

A gift from a Library Friend has funded a display case (and permanent home) for a camera belonging to the Illinois alumnus who shaped 20th-century journalism.

Gifts at Work

A gift from an Illinois alumna and Library Friend has established The Berthold Family Professorship in Information Access and Discovery.

A “treasure trove for researchers.”

The poet’s important papers ultimately landed at Illinois, and the financial support of Library Friends was vital in making it happen.

Gifts at Work

The story of Jina Park, a recent alumna of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), wonderfully illustrates how the generosity of alumni and friends creates opportunities for bright, ambitious students to strengthen their own ski …

Gifts at Work

Meet Library Intern Margaret Joyce. The digitization work she’s doing in HPNL is made possible through a generous gift from a Friend of the Library.