With Illinois Campaign
Celebrating the impact of your generosity
“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”
I am awed by and truly grateful for the tremendous support that Friends of the Library have had throughout the With Illinois Campaign. Our world has seen great changes and struggles during the course of this campaign, and yet our donors have remained dedicated to our mission of ensuring access to information, knowledge, and learning through the University of Illinois Library.
As one of the largest and most expansive library collections in the world, we have the great responsibility to our students, researchers, faculty and the world to keep this amazing collection within reach for all! Our supporters are answering this call, and THANKS TO YOU, we are creating a new Archives and Special Collections building which will open in 2024. Our efforts to transform the Library are ongoing, and we look forward to sharing our progress in the years to come.
Senior Director of Advancement Operations
With Illinois Impact
As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, the University Library has been transformed by donor support.
33567727 Dollars Raised
5397 Campaign Donors
16082 Campaign Gifts
2500000 Largest Single Gift
838 First-Time Donors
Donors from 50 States and 27 Countries
With Illinois Highlights
Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.
Jim and Lionelle Elsesser Gift Provides Exhibition Space for Library Treasures
The St. Louis couple’s most recent gifts will support significant acquisitions for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the creation of exhibition space to display the University Library’s treasures in the planned Archives and Special Collections building. Read more.
Oram Gift Honors Family Connections
A gift from Richard ’73 LAS and Conna Oram ’72 LAS says much about their personal generosity but also speaks loudly of their ties to each other and to the University of Illinois campus. Their gift to help create a new home to house archives and special collections will name a space that pays homage to their families—The Oram and Judy Families Reading Room. Read more.
Alumni Couple Invests in Library's Future
When Steve and Megan Shebik peer into their vision for the future, they see a modern library for students and faculty, a renovated space capped by a jewel-box top that would anchor the area just south of the University of Illinois Quad. The literally transparent environs of the newly renovated building would beckon students and passers-by, encouraging them to examine the Library’s treasures, take advantage of easy access to scholarship and collaboration, and revel in a setting that focuses that part of campus. Just as the Bardeen Quad and other changes revitalized the north end of the campus, so too do the Shebiks see the Library’s building project as a major game changer for the south. And with that belief, the couple pledged a generous gift to help launch the library building project. Read more.
With Illinois Moments
Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of the University Library during the With Illinois Campaign.
A new service point on the Main Library’s first floor opened in January 2020 just prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, it is the busiest service point in the Main Library.
New flooring in the Main Library’s historic Reading Room was installed. Wiring underneath the floating floor gives each table better connectivity. Lamps were added to each table to provide better lighting throughout the space.
Orange Boxes were added to the Library in 2020. These enclosed, portable units are equipped with whiteboards, flat screens, internet access, adjustable lighting, recording capabilities, and their own ventilation system.
On April 19, 2022, the Library Friends co-hosted its first in-person event in two years with a poetry reading by Richie Hofmann, author of A Hundred Lovers, in the beautiful Temple Buell Architecture Gallery.
The Library Friends celebrated all the ways in which the Library supports undergraduate success at a special event on September 27, 2019. Guests were treated to various Library exhibits and presentations.
The Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the Library’s building project. Phase One will transform the Undergraduate Library building into a facility housing the University Archives, the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, and The Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Read more.
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See More Impact
Philanthropy has benefited students, faculty, and staff in many ways. Browse the list below to learn more about how the With Illinois Campaign’s impact can be felt across campus.
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- Allerton Park & Retreat Center
- Carle Illinois College of Medicine
- College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
- College of Applied Health Sciences
- College of Education
- College of Fine & Applied Arts
- College of Law
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- College of Media
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- Division of Intercollegiate Athletics
- Gies College of Business
- Research Centers & Institutes
- School of Information Sciences
- School of Labor and Employment Relations
- School of Social Work
- Student Affairs
- The Grainger College of Engineering
- University of Illinois Laboratory High School