CPLA Library Closure

CPLA Library Closes May 9

On Friday, May 9, the City Planning and Landscape Architecture (CPLA) Library will close its doors after 80 years of service to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Over the past several months, a team of faculty and staff drawn from the University Library , the College of Fine and Applied Arts , and the College of ACES , has developed a plan for the future of Library services and collections designed to support teaching, learning, and research in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, and associated fields. Beginning later this summer, a public service space designed for this purpose will become part of the Isaac Funk Family ACES Library .

Over the next several weeks, materials currently housed in the CPLA Library will be transferred to the Funk ACES Library. This location—a larger, newer library facility that opened 2001—offers faculty and students access to several benefits previously unavailable in the Mumford location:

  • Access to large interdisciplinary collections related to agriculture and natural resources
  • Longer operating hours, including evenings and both weekend days
  • 6 group study rooms, each with seating for 8-10 people
  • Wireless and wired network computing for laptops
  • 39 public access computers, 2 printers, and 3 photocopiers

While materials currently housed in the CPLA Library will be in transit for a short period of time this summer, we are committed to facilitating access to needed materials. If you require access to any Library materials, please consult the Library Catalog for up-to-date information regarding location or for digital access. In addition, the CPLA Library website will be retained as a resource for information about landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.

Please direct any specific questions regarding the time line regarding the transfer of materials, or any requests for support for your teaching, study, or research in these areas, to Joe Zumalt , Interim City Planning and Landscape Architecture Librarian. If you have any questions about the broader process or plans for new service models, please contact Scott Walter , Associate University Librarian for Services.

Do you have a story you’d like added to the Library News & Events? If so, please contact Heather Murphy ( hmurphy@illinois.edu ).

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