Let Us Show You Around


Welcome to the Main Library, which opened in January 2008.


Our lobby features bamboo flooring and walls.

Cafe seating

Turn right and you’ll find the Café, in the Robeson Pavilion.

Meeting Room

Robeson Pavilion has two spacious meeting rooms.


Our popular patio includes engraved pavers with donor dedications.

View from lobby to stairwell

Turn left to enter the library proper. Our Welcome Desk is on the left, with the new and AV area.

Checkout Desk

To your right, the Checkout Desk offers self-check and full service at all times.

seating downstairs

A changing light display highlights the children’s desk.

Murals by Peter Sís in children's area

Acclaimed illustrator Peter Sís created three murals for our children's area.


Our TeenSpace is popular during after-school hours.

West end

Upstairs are fiction, nonfiction, study and conference rooms, and our Information Desk.

West end

Readers and Wi-Fi users gravitate toward our light-filled spaces.

Busey Computer Room

Our quiet computer room is also used for classes.

Technical Services department

A partial third floor includes Administration and Technical Services areas.

Drive-up book return

The drive-up book return behind the library is always open.

books enter sorter

Our book returns lead to an automatic sorter on the lower level. more photos
FriendShop used book store

The FriendShop used book store is also on our lower level.

West facade

The west side features copper and brick sun-shading fins to save energy.

Additional Building Photos

Ross Barney Architects – Choose “Places,” then “Library,” and “Champaign Public Library.”

Nienkamper – Library furniture supplier

Boy reading

Arrange a Tour

Call 217/403–2070 or e-mail librarian@champaign.orgto schedule a group tour of the library.