The Urbana Free Library Foundation

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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). 

Thank you to our FY2018 & FY2019 Donors!

Support the Foundation's Annual Campaign

With the generous support of our donors over the past three years, The Urbana Free Library Foundation has:

  • Purchased the vacant lot at the corner of Race and Green streets.
  • Replaced the failing chiller to modernize the HVAC system.
  • Rebuilt the Library's historic front porch.
  • Funded an internship to process the Chanute Collection received from the Chanute Air Museum.
  • Continued and expanded ongoing programs including UFLive! concerts, author events, circulating WiFi hotspots...and much more!

Now we have an ambitious goal and we're asking for your support.

The Library campus needs a makeover. We want to hire a landscape architect to help us design an environmentally friendly plan. That plan could include space for outdoor concerts and movies, along with quiet areas where people could just read and relax. A new sign to better identify our historic Library could be included.

We envision a two-year process to design and implement the landscaping plan. The timing is good, as the reconstruction of Green Street just south of the Library is slated to occur in 2020.

A refreshed Library campus and rebuilt Green Street would serve as a welcoming entrance to Urbana. We invite you to give today and support this project, or give a general gift to support all Foundation projects.

Thank you for your support!

Donate to the Foundation Online or Print a PDF Form

The Urbana Free Library Foundation President Ruth Wyman talking about the 2019-2020 annual campaign.

Interested in starting a giving circle?

A giving circle is group of philanthropically-minded people that come together and pool their dollars to have a collective impact in the community.  Giving circles can be formal with funds at community foundations, a specific grantmaking focus, and even an application process.  Informal giving circles can be a group of friends interested in supporting a particular cause one time or in an ongoing way. 

This type of participatory philanthropy has become popular in the past several years (modeled after mutual aid societies) as a way to increase awareness of community needs and have a meaningful impact beyond what any one donor can do alone.  The Urbana Free Library Foundation welcomes giving circles and can establish designated funds to ensure record-keeping and reporting for the giving circle.  We can also provide regular updates related to the giving circle’s gift and impact. 

Giving circles are a great way to be philanthropic with others in your community and make a difference at the Library!  To establish your giving circle, contact Amanda Standerfer, Director of Development & Promotion today!  Email or call 217-531-7051.

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Foundation Board

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

Ruth Wyman
Vice President
Mark Netter
Karla Möller
E. Barbara Meyer
Courtney Becks
Patricia Dessen
Mary Ellen Dorner
Barbara Gillespie
Mike Monson          
John Palen
Sharon Scott
Ex Officio
Celeste Choate
Vince Gustafson
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:

History of the 2005 Expansion