#UIP100: Our Little Free Library

In 2018, t100th logohe University of Illinois Press will celebrate its centennial. Plans are coming together for events throughout the year in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. But you don’t have to wait until 2018 to celebrate with us. Stop by the north entrance of the Illini Union on the Urbana-Champaign campus to check out the University of Illinois Press Little Free Library. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. The organization was founded in Wisconsin in 2010, and today there are over 40,000 registered Little Free Libraries in every U.S. state and seventy countries worldwide, sharing an estimated 16 million books annually.

With nearly 2.5 million visits per year, the Illini Union is the ideal spot for the University of Illinois Press Little Free Little free library 2Library. This home in the heart of the campus offers us a unique opportunity to connect with the campus community and visitors throughout the year. Volunteers from our staff will refresh the library weekly with books and journals, giving users an opportunity to engage with scholarly dialogues about social justice issues and cultural topics. We hope that the Little Library’s “take a book, leave a book” philosophy will foster the free exchange of knowledge on campus and beyond as we look forward to our second century of exemplary publishing. Follow us on social media and use the hashtag #UIP100 to let us know what you think about our publications!


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upw-logo-2017_FNLIn honor of University Press Week, our fellow university presses have sent us books to stock our little free library. Join us as we celebrate the importance of university presses in disseminating and creating knowledge. #ReadUP #LookitUP

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