Departmental Library Materials, 1904-
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Brief Description: Departmental Library Materials, including publications and descriptions of resources issued by the Agriculture, Architecture, Classics, Commerce (including narratives and photographs of flodding and correspondence regarding Library of Congress Subject Headings), Engineering, Education, Geology, Home Economics, Journalism and Communications, Library School, Music, Rare Books, State Natural History Survey, and Undergraduate Libraries.  Descriptions are included of special collections found in the Rare Book Library, e.g. The Cavagna Library, and the Racheff Metallurgical Studies.  The series includes issuances from African, Applied Life Studies, Chemistry, Communications, Extramural, Health Sciences, History, Illinois Historical Survey, International and Area Studies, Labor and Industrial Relations, Law, Map, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Newspaper, Sandburg, Slavic, and Union Browsing Room.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 35/3/805
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services
Volume: 0.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 01/09/1963. Materials relating to Geology Library added on January 3, 2011.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by library unit, and chronological thereunder
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services :

Public services of the Campus Library are units that deal directly with the library user. Their chief functions are service and selection of material. Those responsibilities include circulation, reference, bibliographic aids, and inter-library loans. A major part of public services are the operations of the various departmental or branch libraries, which in 1975 totaled thirty-seven. Most of them are organized according to the departmental structure of the University, though many are combined with related fields of interest. Included with the libraries are those with specialized tasks, such as the undergraduate library, rare book room, archives, newspaper library, and the Illinois historical survey.1 The branch and departmental libraries have grown and contracted over the years, sometimes combining with or dividing from collections devoted to similar disciplines.2 Health sciences, the archives, music, map, and geology libraries are among the branches that perform processing activities, although technical services handles material for most libraries.3 The term public service departments has existed since 1944, and the office of assistant university librarian for public service originated in 1945.4 Public service units developed from the reference and loan departments, which were two of the five main divisions of the Campus Library in 1916.5

1. Graduate Course Catalog, 1974/76, pp. 9-11; Library Annual Report, 1974-75, pp. 5-6.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 28th Report, June 30, 1916, p. 25; Board of Trustees Transactions, 37th Report, June 15, 1934, pp. 355-56.

3. Library Annual Report, 1974-75, p. 8-9.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 43rd Report, June 27, 1946, and appendix, June 19, 1944, p. 794.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 28th Report, June 30, 1916, p. 25.

Subject Index
Departmental Libraries
Languages of Materials
English [eng]