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U. of I. Library online users can access booksellers to buy books

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has added a new service.

The largest public university collection in the world, holding nearly 24 million items, now offers its users a “Buy a Book Service.”

Linked to the library’s Web site, the book-purchase service gives users “easy and quick access to local and online booksellers,” said Lynn Wiley, head of acquisitions at the University Library, so that when a title is not available through the University Library’s online catalog, or when a library user prefers to own a book, the option to purchase is only a couple of clicks away.

A small percentage of purchases from select vendors “will help the library add more books to its collection,” Wiley said. More information about the service is available at or by contacting Wiley at 217-244-1846 or

The University Library’s Web online catalog receives some 235,000 visits a day. The physical collections are held in 38 separate departmental libraries.