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The Urbana Free Library Foundation

Foundation Board | Past Foundation Projects | History of the 2005 Expansion

The Urbana Free Library Foundation was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  Following the completion of a successful capital campaign and expansion of the library in 2005, the Foundation continues to advocate and promote support of the library to benefit the community, meet the emerging needs of library users, and plan for future expansion.


Support the Foundation’s Annual Campaign

This July The Urbana Free Library celebrated 140 years of service to the Urbana community. Over the year The Library is highlighting its rich history and bright future in the community, showcasing the many different ways it serves the public and the many ways the community has supported it.  READ MORE


Support the Foundation Online or Print a PDF Form


Celebrating 140 Years: From the President of The Urbana Free Library Foundation

As we celebrate our Library’s 140th anniversary, it is with great pride that we honor the past and look forward to the future in helping to supplement the mission of The Urbana Free Library.  READ MORE


Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community members, representatives of the Friends of The Urbana Free Library, the library Board of Trustees, the library Administration, and the City of Urbana.

Larry Jobe
Vice President
Robert Switzer
E. Barbara Meyer
Elizabeth Czys
Lee Melhado
Mary Muller
Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessey
Ex officio Directors
Celeste Choate
Mike Monson
Chris Scherer
Wayne Weidner


Past Foundation Projects

With your support the Foundation has been able to provide the following enhancements, which were outside of the library’s budget:

  • Music programs for children and adults
  • Upright piano for concerts in the Busey-Mills Reading Room
  • Outdoor sculptures
  • Cherry Alley arch
  • Outdoor benches and planters
  • Art @ Your Library
  • Flower boxes on the Race Street porch
  • Restoration of maps and drawings in the Champaign County Historical Archives


History of the 2005 Expansion

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