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Gift from Library Friends Brings Upgrades to Communications Library

Tucked in the northwest corner of Gregory Hall, the Communications Library is not only a resource for thousands of students but a comfortable sanctuary. Over the years, the library has transformed to accommodate student needs, expanded its hours, and renovated its top floor.

Now, thanks to the generosity of its donors, it’s one of the most popular libraries on campus, according to Lisa Romero, who has been head of the Communications Library for more than 20 years.

The library has been a part of students’ education for years—including in the 1970s for Marla and Steve Krause (BS ’73, journalism, and BS ’72, accounting, respectively). The Illinois alumni made a gift to the Communications Library in 2015 for renovations, which helped make it more accessible and more comfortable.

Thanks to their gift, the library was able to get new carpeting and furniture, ushering in a more modern feel.

Read more about Library Friends Marla and Steve Krause and their generous gift in “Alumni donation facilitates upgrades to Communications Library in Gregory Hall” at