About the Undergraduate Library

This website provides some snapshots of the History of the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  This includes statistics, events, services, reports and the History of the UGL.

Much of the historical content is available either at the University Archives or at the Student Life and Culture Archival Program 

                    UGL exterior photos plaza_level facing north

                    UGL foyer sign  UGl courtyard at night

Location of the Undergraduate Library

The library is located underground at 1402 W.Gregory St., just east of the Main Library and just west of the Morrow Plots. Immediately south of Gregory is the South Quad. North of the library is Foellinger Hall. The sidewalk on the west side of the Main Quad will lead directly to the Undergrad.

View a campus map of the Undergraduate Library’s location on campus.


Library Service to Undergraduates The Library’s Undergraduate Library, (UGL) with over 150,000 items (including print, journals, media and loanable technology), provides in one location more resources for undergraduate instruction than any other undergraduate college library in the United States. The Undergraduate Library is also known nationally for its array of  programs designed to teach students to become sophisticated users of the latest information technologies. These courses are integrated into a student’s regular classroom instruction so that virtually every student is assured exposure to library instruction.

The primary focus of the Undergraduate Library (UGL) collection is to serve the research, curriculum, and personal information needs of undergraduate students. In addition to serving the needs of the undergraduate population in print and online resources, the Undergraduate Library also houses the primary media collection for the University Library, one of the largest reserve collections (http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/circulation/), and a robust loanable technology collection (http://www.library.illinois.edu/mc/lt/) which serves faculty, staff, and students at all levels. The collections at the UGL focus on popular culture materials, graphic novels, gaming, loanable technology, fiction, and general subject resources to assist in the first couple years of college.  Our collection policies are located here: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/collection_policy

The Undergraduate Library also offers other important services,including research assistance (both physical and virtual) Media Creation support from the Media Commons; writing help from the Writers Workshop, and campus partner programs such as Career Services and Campus Advising.

Floor Plan UGL 

For 2017 maps of the UGL: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/maps/

map of the ugl       map of the ugl

Survey Responses  from 2016 to the CIC (Center for Library Initiatives) pertaining to the UGL

Changes Represented in PowerPoint Presentations

Below are some representative PowerPoint presentations that focused on changes at the UGL.