The Library is Looking For

The following items are needed to enhance collections throughout the University Library. You can purchase one or more items by selecting the “Make a Gift” button. Please specify the specific item(s) under “Special Instructions” when you make your gift online. Or you can call 217-333-5682 to make your gift.

Local Option in Illinois, July 1, 1947 for the Map Library

NEW! Maps illustrating local control over temperance matters in the 1940s. Published by the Temperance League of Illinois. Local governments still have control over alcohol sales in Illinois. An idea generator for an undergraduate student.

$1200 Make a Gift


NEW! Very few copies survive, probably because of this map’s 6 inch by 5 feet format. A strip map showing the Transcontinental Railroad from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean. Will be scanned this fall and made available through the Library’s digital library collections.

$2250 Make a Gift

World at One View (Phelps, 1847) for the Map Library

NEW! This double-hemisphere map emphasizes the transcontinental railway in the United States and the connection across the Pacific Ocean from Oregon to China. The map is illustrated with depictions of “female costumes” and stereotypic vignettes of vegetation and structures throughout the world.

$2500 Make a Gift

World panorama Daichi Sakai (1933) for the Map Library

NEW! Centered on the Japanese Empire, this map covers the entire world – while minimizing the Atlantic. Cartoonish vignettes represent peoples and cultures but the map has a militaristic undertone. Originally, distributed in a boys’ club magazine, there is only one copy cataloged in a university library.

$1100 Make a Gift

La securite La Prosperite de l’Empire Francais Exigent de Norte Pays une Marine Forte et Tourjours Prete (France Ministerre de la Marine, 1940) for the Map Library

NEW! Very little is said about the French navy’s operations during the Second World War, perhaps because the role it played was quite small. This map/poster makes the French navy look like a force to be reckoned with.

$950 Make a Gift

Map of the United States/The Trouble in Cuba (Judge, 1895) for the Map Library

NEW! This carto-cartoon, published two years before the Spanish-American War, illustrates the United States’ interest in dominating the Caribbean and its imperial tendencies at the end of the 19th century.

$450 Make a Gift

The Mississippi-Missouri (Sedgwick, Pradt, 1868) for the Map Library

NEW! This manuscript map was drawn as part of correspondence between two geographical educators in the mid-19th century as an illustration for their debate about what the principal drainage network of the United States should be called – Missouri or Mississippi. The map is accompanied by letters and part of a draft article. This map complements our holdings of maps showing the upper Mississippi River Valley and will be scanned and made available for use via the Library’s Digital Library website.

$1900 Make a Gift

Map of the Mexican National Railway showing also its Relative Position to the Railway System of the United States (E. Stanford, 1882) for the Map Library

NEW! Shows railroad connections between Mexico and the United States. A rail line, possibly the Illinois Central, is highlighted as a connection to Chicago. This will be added to the Library’s extensive collection of railroad maps and will be scanned during the 2020/21 academic year and made widely available through the Library’s Digital Library website.

$750 Make a Gift

Concept of Deterrence (Andrew Shallo, 1961) for the Map Library

NEW! Published between the attempted Bay of Pigs invasion and the beginning of the construction of the Berlin Wall, a time that the Cold War was heating up. Published in newspaper, at this time no separately cataloged copy appears in OCLC.

$1100 Make a Gift

Matching Funds for Study Carrels for the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

Featuring banquette seating and a work surface for books or laptops, this item would improve study space in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library.

$3000 Make a Gift

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone for the Media Commons

This drone’s built-in technology lets users capture HD footage and wide-angle pictures from aerial and straight-on views—all from a safe distance on the ground. Where does this drone hope to land? In the Media Commons of the Undergraduate Library.

$1900 Make a Gift

Cintiq Pro Creative Pen Display for the Media Commons

This device would augment the Media Commons’ trove of emerging technology items. If you are a student using software like CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other 3D and drawing software, this device allows you to draw directly on the screen with extreme precision. Digital projects result in 4K resolution with 98 percent color accuracy—ensuring that creations appear just as vibrant off-screen as they do on-screen.

$2200 Make a Gift

Insta360 Camera with 512GB SD Card for the Media Commons

“Versatility” is the key word here, as this nifty camera—whether handheld or mounted—captures 360-degree HD video and pictures of its surroundings. As part of the loanable technology program at the Undergraduate Library’s Media Commons, this modern-age “Brownie” allows users to edit, focus on, or stabilize video—all conveniently within the use of the Insta360 app.

$3500 Make a Gift

Large-format Scanner for the Scholarly Commons

This large-format scanner is for sizable items such as posters and maps. Georeferencing data thus retrieved could then be used in GIS (geographic information systems) software.

$5000 Make a Gift

Two Four-person Workstations with Power for the Music and Performing Arts Library

These will bring the Music and Performing Arts Library up to date. The new items would replace the tired furnishings of 1974, allowing students to charge their devices and avail themselves of ample space to spread out and study.

$5000 Make a Gift

Task Chairs for the Music and Performing Arts Library

These will accompany new workstations for the Music and Performing Arts Library. Although the arts may transport people beyond the moment, uncomfortable seating may return them to reality sooner than desired. Please help! The Library seeks eight chairs at $300 apiece.

$2400 Make a Gift

“Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues” for the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

The 2-volume set features an alphabetical list of the 230-plus entries, a guide to related topics, and a timeline of STDs. Articles are signed by qualified experts and include a bibliography of suggested further readings. Case studies, illustrations, and informative insets and tables support the text.

$190 Make a Gift

Rotating Exhibit(s) for the Library Exhibitions Committee

Sponsor a rotating exhibit within the Marshall Gallery and the north-south corridor of the Main Library highlighting the Library’s rich and vast collections for one month. Support would cover printing for cases, as well as supply refurbishment in order to ensure that exhibitors can continue to have the preservation-grade materials on hand to safely display collections materials. Interested Library Friends may support exhibits programming for one month…or several!

$200 Make a Gift

Classic Video Game Magazines and Related Periodicals for the Undergraduate Library

As part of its vintage gaming archive, these materials will help augment our collection of vintage games, and serve as core sources for campus researchers investigating historical aspects of this important pop culture phenomenon. The Library has identified the following titles as being of interest to local researchers:

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly 1989-
  • EGM 1994-1999
  • GamePro 1989-2011
  • Game Informer 1991-
  • Nintendo Power 1988-
  • GAMES Magazine 1977-1990; 1991-
  • The Space Gamer 1975-
$0 Make a Gift

Shelving End Panels for the University High School Library

Recently reenergized by a cosmetic freshening (including the installation of former Grainger Engineering Library shelving), the Uni High Library–a well-loved space that reflects the unique character of the school and its students–is looking for shelving end panels. These funds would cover the cost of both cutting and priming the plywood, as well as painting supplies for Uni students to then transform the panels into works of art, providing a vehicle for students’ creative expression and further enhancing the distinct nature of this vibrant campus library.

$900 Make a Gift

Communications Library Stress Free Finals Week Fund for the Communications Library

Gifts to this fund support student-related library activities that reduce Finals Week stress. The Communications Library is a very popular place during Finals Week and a great place to help them when their stress is greatest. The Library provides healthy snacks and a sympathetic ear for an environment that really makes a difference.

$1000 Make a Gift

Scanning of Historical Annual Reports for the Library and Information Science Virtual Library

To fund the hiring of a graduate student to take on a special project: scanning the Library’s significant collection of historical public library annual reports. This student would work through the copyright permissions for the post-1923 materials. Scanning will allow these items to be more widely accessible and findable (due to enhanced cataloging taking place at the same time). In addition, the print materials will be stored at the Oak Street Library Facility where they will be better preserved.

$3000 Make a Gift

Communications Library Tech Fund for the Communications Library

Gifts to this fund help the Communications Library provide much-needed technology support for students. Library users own cell phones, laptops, music players, and more that require regular charging and security. This Fund enables the purchase of equipment like charging stations, cables, and secure lockers that make students’ lives easier.

$2000 Make a Gift

Communications Library PR/Promotion Internship for the Communications Library

This paid internship is for an undergraduate student to put their public relations classroom skills to use while promoting the Communications Library. The student manages this library’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, creates content for digital signage, and creates handouts and brochures for New Student Week events and library tours in an effort to help students learn about the Communications Library.

$3000 Make a Gift

“Don Balon” for the International and Area Studies Library

Don Balón was a prominent sport magazine published in Chile during the 1990s. Originally published in Spain, the magazine currently has online editions throughout Latin America and has become a hallmark of Ibero-American soccer. The Library is interested in acquiring a collection of 477 issues from its founding in 1992 to 2000. This time period is particularly important for Chile as it covers their re-democratization process after August Pinochet’s dictatorship. No other sport magazine existed in Chile during this entire period, making Don Balón a unique source to study Chilean soccer. The acquisition of Don Balón would be the first Chilean sport magazine in a growing and unique Latin American and Caribbean Sport Collection.

$5000 Make a Gift

Charging Station/Locker for the Communications Library

To purchase a secure charging station/locker to revitalize devices carried by tech-savvy users. While current students are positively aglow with electric possibility, they do need a boost now and then. “Our students are immersed in the greatest flood of information any generation has ever experienced,” says Head Librarian Lisa Romero, who adds that the library and its staff are “all about service. We try to keep up with all our students’ needs. Every student has mobile devices and laptops that need to be recharged. Making it easier for students to rely on technology is one way the library can contribute to the student experience. The charging station/locker enables us to meet a very real need.”

$5000 Make a Gift

Digitizing “The Alumni Quarterly and Fortnightly News” for the University Archives

The Alumni Quarterly and Fortnightly News was the earliest means of communication of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Since 1907—long before the Archives was formally established in 1963—the publication has recorded campus and alumni news, very nearly from the start of the university. Called an “amazing resource” by Archivist Ellen Swain, the news vehicle—presently known as Illinois Alumni magazine—has morphed through various iterations and provides close, historical coverage found in few other sources. Funding would go toward hiring of personnel to digitize materials and, eventually, software to search across all issues.

$5000 Make a Gift

Transfer and Digitize Photographs for the University Archives

To transfer and digitize thousands of hard-copy photographs painstakingly accumulated by the University of Illinois Alumni Association communications department in its 100+ years of coverage of campus, students, and alumni. Containing items not previously seen by Library staff, the collection will find a new home in the Archives, where it will be scanned and tagged for use by students, researchers, and the public. Funding would support additional personnel to digitize materials, create records, and organize metadata.

$5000 Make a Gift