Steps to a great new library

Learn the background of why a new Main Library was needed, see key steps in its development, and the people who have led the project.



The new library was created through a three-way partnership of the Library Board of Trustees, Library Foundation Board of Directors, and the City of Champaign.



Work on the new library began in the fall of 2005. The building opened in January 2008.



Learn why a new library was needed and follow the early planning process.

Groundbreaking Celebration


The library hosted a festive groundbreaking celebration on September 1, 2005, with jazz music, a treasure-filled sandpile for kids to dig in, and speeches, of course.