Updated Hours and Farewell from the UGL

BREAKING: By popular demand, The UGL will remain open an additional day this semester to allow folks to visit over graduation weekend! We will open the upper level of the UGL Saturday, May 14th from 1-4 pm for anyone who would like to visit the building one last time. No services will be provided at that time. The UGL will close its doors for the last time at 4 pm that day.Aerial View of Undergraduate Library

The UGL would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, alumni, student assistants, graduate assistants, staff, faculty, community members, and visitors from near and from far that have contributed to making the UGL the place that it is. We look forward to continuing to serve you and fostering the spirit of community you’ve come to know and love in the UGL in our new spaces. From services and events to study spaces…we’re still here for you: http://publish.illinois.edu/undergradlibrary/2022/04/15/exciting-changes-coming-soon/

If you’d like to stay up to date on all the latest news, you can now follow the library on our main social media accounts:

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More than a Building: Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of the Undergraduate Library Experience

In 1949, The University of Illinois opened the first Undergraduate Library on campus in the Main Library. In 1969, the Undergraduate Library moved to its current home, an underground building affectionately known by students as “The UGL.” This year, the UGL will begin its transformation into the new Archives and Special Collections Facility and undergraduate library services will return home to the Main Library and other locations on campus where exciting updates are underway for the 2022-23 academic year.

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So join us on Reading Day, Thursday, May 5th from 3-8 pm as we celebrate the rich history of the undergraduate library experience, and look toward its future. Explore an exhibit, enjoy cake and punch, craft mementos, take Polaroids, play video games from our vintage gaming collection, and more!

Schedule of Events:

3pm-8pm: Undergraduate Library Exhibit
-Celebrate the over 75 years of an Undergraduate Library and over 50 years in its current building with archival photos and stories. 

3pm-8pm: Coloring Pages
-Get creative and unwind with coloring pages on the Upper Level. Coloring pages and supplies will be provided!

4pm-5pm: Cake and Punch
-It’s not a party without a little cake and punch! Join us for a treat on the Upper Level.

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5pm-8pm: Message Mural
-Brushes and paint will be provided, join us and leave your mark!

5pm-8pm: Buttons
-Make a button! Create a UGL memento button, or design your own.

5pm-8pm: Polaroids
-Grab a photo with the original selfie machine, the Polaroid. You get to keep your picture and with it a memory of the UGL!

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5pm-8pm: Vintage Gaming: RetroN
-See if you remember how to “pown” your friends in MarioKart with RetroN, a gaming console that lets you play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis games! It’s on like Donkey Kong.

We hope to see you at our party and can’t wait to share the next steps of the Undergraduate Library experience with you in the years to come!

Written and Posted by: Maurissa

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