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Library Collections

Purpose of the Collection  [from the UGL collection development statement http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/collection_policy]

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 (https://www.library.illinois.edu/mc/lt/) which serves faculty, staff, and students at all levels.

The UGL serves as a hub for collecting popular culture materials, including items covering the study of pop culture itself, as well as primary sources and secondary literature covering individual popular culture phenomena. The pop culture collection includes graphic novels ((http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/graphic-novels), genre fiction (http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/fiction), video games and game studies ((http://www.library.illinois.edu/gaming/ and vintage games at http://www.library.illinois.edu/gaming/gamearchives.html) and materials about popular culture icons from a variety of eras.  The media collection serves to support the University’s curriculum by providing appropriate non-print instructional materials for classroom use and personal research, as well as to make available campus-wide materials which are only available, or are most useful, in non-print formats (e.g. motion pictures, theatrical productions, demonstration, and tutorial tapes).  The collection also contains box office hits, TV series, documentaries and special orders.  See: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/media/  for more information.

Gaming Collection

In 2011 and 2012  the UGL converted from the Dewey Decimal classification to the Library of Congress classification system.

Related Articles Related to UGL Collections

  • Daily Illini articles related to collections at the Undergraduate Library Daily Illini articles 1953 to 1975
    • October 13, 1955, Daily Illini.  “Free Day’ Here.  Describes attempt to retrieve 600 books missing from the Undergraduate Library (at that time located in the Main Library).   First article in Scan
    • February 24, 1953.  Library Initiates New System. Discusses new fine system and recall policy. (second scan in pdf)
    • November 24, 1971.  Libraries vary in lending policies, by Wendie Preuss.  Discusses lending policies, 3 weeks at the UGL. (3rd scan in the pdf).
    • January 8, 1072.  Increased circulation trend misses most UI libraries, by Hal Pratt.  Incrased circuation trend misses most UI libraries. Mentions how the Undergraduate Library leads oothers in total circualtion (4th scan in pdf).
    • August 11, 1972.  UI Library complex is nation’s 3rd largest, by Charles Epstein.  UI Library complex is nation’s 3rd largest. Mentions the 1900 seat Undergraduate Library as the most frequently used library, houses the second largest single collection of books (101,000 volumes). Mentions that 2/3 of the seating is in the individual carrels and a listening center upstairs with 105 carrels with earphones.(5th scan in pdf).
    • January 23, 1974.  Library book checkout to go automatic, by Tom Frisbie. Discusses implementation of the automated check-out system under consideration for 6 years. Describes the orange data cards students will use to check out books. The Undergraduate Library was the first library to go on an online automated system. (6th scan in pdf)
    • June 26, 1975.  Library has film display.  (7th scan in pdf)
    • October 12, 1973.  UI library grows by 150,000 books. Describes circulation and turnstile counts for patrons.  (8th article in scan).
    • December 6, 1975.  $200,000 gift helps library during fiscal crush, by Emie Koneck. Describes impact of inflation of material collection and the gift. (last article in scan).