Biology Library Files, 1937-1996
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Brief Description: Biology Library files, including Annual Reports (1937-1966), correspondence, plans, and blueprints relating to construction, equipment, budget and planning of the Biology Building and Biology Library (1955-1958), newspaper clippings (1959-61) and notes. Also includes the administrative files of first biology librarian, Lyle Bamber (serving from 1937-1971) which includes Bamber's extensive autograph collection of famous scientists; also included are the administrative files of Elisabeth Davis. Before 1959, the Biology Library was called the Natural History Library.
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: 35/3/12
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Departmental Library Services
Volume: 3.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 7/8/71; 10/9/97
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Arrangement: By type of material and chronologically thereunder, Boxes 2-5 ordered alphabethically
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
Abbott Laboratories
Animal Science
Biological Science
Biology Library
Library Administration
Library Circulation
Library Equipment
Scientists' Biographies
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]