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). 


Published on Jun 21, 2017 by Urbana Public TV:  The Urbana Free Library Foundation President Robert Switzer thanks the community for their generous support to acquire land located at the corner of the Library lot.



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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.

President                   Vice President
Ruth Wyman               Mary Muller
Secretary                   Treasurer
E. Barbara Meyer        Elizabeth Czys
Barbara Gillespie        Celeste Choate, ex officio
Lee Melhado               Vince Gustafson, ex officio
Mike Monson              Chris Scherer, ex officio
John Palen                 Wayne Weidner, ex officio
Harvey Welch

Foundation Projects

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

  • Purchase of the vacant corner lot at 202 W. Green Street
  • Purchase of the corner lot, including a rental property, staff parking lot and greenspace at the southwest corner of Race and Green Streets
  • 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