CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois Library now has 14 million books.
The state’s flagship university chose a volume by Frederick E. Hoxie to be the landmark 14 millionth. The professor emeritus of history and American Indian studies is author of “The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation .” It’s a collection of essays on the U. of I.’s top accomplishments and is one of the projects commemorating the university’s 150th anniversary .
Scott Koeneman is assistant dean of libraries for advancement. He says the school typically seeks a donor to buy a rare, expensive book for a millionth volume. The 150th birthday prompted officials to choose Hoxie’s for this milestone.
Hoxie’s work will be recognized with the library’s other millionth volumes in a permanent display on the first floor of the main library.