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The Urbana Free Library Foundation

Foundation Board | 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.

Because of the high level of support that we have seen for the Library from the Urbana community in providing outstanding facilities and excellent patron services, we continually look to keep our Foundation Board a reflection of the citizens of Urbana.  Please let us know if you have an interest in participating with us as a Board member (Foundation Board Information Packet and Foundation Bylaws). 

Support the Foundation's Annual Campaign

Despite ongoing challenges, The Urbana Free Library continues to work to better serve our community, in many different ways. And now we could use your help.

First, some of The Urbana Free Library’s accomplishments: Over the past year, more than 804,000 Library materials were checked out by residents, putting us in the top 10 percent nationally among libraries with a comparable budget.  And a whopping 30,000 residents took part in Library programs.

One of those programs was the eighth annual Fairy Tale Ball, held on April 17 and attended by more than 1,600 residents. Many of the attendees were parents and children garbed in spectacular fairy tale costumes.  It was quite a sight!

Teens are among our most avid patrons, with over 7000 taking advantage of the Teen Open Lab since 2013.  Held Tuesday through Thursday afternoons on most weeks, the after-school program introduces teens to new skills, such as music and video production, digital art, and 3-D printing.

We’ve initiated new programs, including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a year-round reading program to help start young children on the path to success.  The Library has also added new and innovative circulating collections, including hands-on literacy and math kits for children, and a brand new vinyl LP record collection, with both new and classic titles.

As you can see, we do a lot!  But great libraries don’t just happen on their own.  Please consider giving to The Urbana Free Library Foundation’s annual fund-raising campaign.

Read more about the Foundation's Annual Campaign

Support the Foundation Online or Print a PDF Form

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.

Robert Switzer
Vice President
Mary Muller
E. Barbara Meyer
Elizabeth Czys
Dr. Bruce Hannon
Lee Melhado
John Palen
Willie Summerville
Ruth Wyman
Ex officio Directors
Celeste Choate
Mike Monson
Chris Scherer
Wayne Weidner


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 and Pavers
  • 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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