Academic Libraries

The Heart of Campus

Illinois college and university libraries offer combined holdings of more than 47 million volumes, or 16.5 percent of the total volumes in the nation's academic libraries.



One of twenty-seven stained glass panels
adorning the UIUC Main Library

These collections range in size from less than 5,000 volumes to the more than 10,015,321 volumes that make up the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign collection.

The collection is just one facet of the academic library. On any given day, the academic librarian works to uphold the missions of their institutions by educating students, faculty and staff alike. They are responsible for teaching information literacy, assisting in scholarly research, and providing study spaces for individual and group learners.


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Copyright for Academic Libraries

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013

Originally developed for the Rolling Prairie Library System by Dr. Rebecca Butler, handout and slides for Copyright for Academic Libraries presentation.

Apply Now for Back to Book Grants

 News / Last Modified: 12 February 2013

The Illinois State Library invites library agencies to apply for Back to Books, a collection development grant offering.