What a Wonderful World: the World’s Largest Puzzle


World’s Largest Puzzle Celebration Event

Date: Sunday, April 28th, 3034

Time: 2-4p.m. (remarks to start)

Place: Room 220, Main Library (1408 W. Gregory Dr. Urbana, IL 61801)

Join the University Library for a reception to celebrate completing What a Wonderful World, the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle (an 8′ by 29′ map of the world)! All are welcome to visit the final reveal of the combined 60 puzzles worked on across our community of Champaign-Urbana and while enjoying snacks, puzzle activities, and more.

Hybrid option: Register here to watch the remarks virtually. They will last for approximately 20 minutes.

Parking at the University Library

Directly at the Library: Lot E3

Around the Library: Metered parking is available on Sixth street, from Armory St. on the North to Pennsylvania Ave. on the South. There are also meters on Lorado Taft Drive, the first drive South of Gregory Dr. Parking is free on Sunday.

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About the World’s Largest Puzzle Program

Inspired by programming from Dakota State University, the University Library is inviting members of our campus and local community to join together in a common goal of completing the world’s largest puzzle. Called “What a Wonderful World,” this 60,000 piece puzzle is 29 feet across and 8 feet from top to bottom, and is composed of sixty 1,000 piece sections measuring 20 by 30 inches. Each puzzle section reveals a portion of a giant map of the world.

From December 2023-January 2024, we completed all 60 sections of the puzzle at different host sites across Champaign-Urbana. If you participated, please take our survey: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/2134415034

Thank you to our community partners: Institute for Genomic Biology, Esquire Lounge, Community Choices, The Urbana Free Library, Clark Lindsey Village, the Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the University YMCA.


completed puzzle depicting a map of the world