The Champaign Public Library

front of library, from the west

Built of brick with limestone and copper accents, our Main Library opened on January 6, 2008. Learn more about the design and project history, plus who funded and built this wonderful space on the south edge of downtown Champaign.

Photo Tour


Take a look inside our busy library.



The new library brought many improvements patrons had asked for. Environmental concerns also shaped the design.



This project was funded by a combination of public dollars and private gifts.

Architects & Contractors


The new library was designed by Ross Barney Architects of Chicago, led by U. of I. graduate Carol Ross Barney.



Our library has earned awards for various aspects of its design.

Project History


The library outgrew its old home at 505 S. Randolph St. within a few years of its opening in 1978. With that building unsuitable for expansion or reuse, a brand new library was needed.

Print-Friendly Floor Plans

This one-page handout, PDF, shows our first and second floor plans.

Architect Carol Ross Barney on Our Library

See a video of architect Carol Ross Barney discussing the design of our new library, a talk presented at our dedication celebration on July 27, 2008. more