In 2012, the University of Illinois Library formed the International and Area Studies Library, or IAS, to coordinate patron and research focused services while continuing to build nationally prominent collections of materials from outside of the United States. This created for the first time at Illinois, one unit that combined the library’s strong faculty, services, and collections focused on geographical areas.
The combined expertise and research collections of the IAS constitutes one of the campus’ gateways to information and scholarship related to area, international, and global studies, connecting students and scholars to knowledge crucial to developing global competencies through the study of distinct nations and regions, as well as transnational studies and global concerns. The IAS faculty and staff marshal their expertise and resources of the Library to support its mission by delivering international reference services; engaging the campus community; publishing original research, developing resources and media; teaching; and developing world class collections.
From IAS, turn right and proceed back down the hallway. Either take the elevator located near the Rare Book and Manuscript Entrance, or proceed up the staircase to the fourth floor. At the top of the landing, turn left. The Map Library will be at the end of the hallway.