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The Tallest Building?

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 October 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

You know the joke about the tallest building in town being the library because it has the most stories? Well, this one isn't the tallest, but it is one of the largest in the world. It is the University of Illinois LIbrary in Urbana-Champaign.


In North America, only the private university collections of Harvard and Yale are larger. Currently, the UIUC libraries hold more than 10 million in volumes, which help comprise 22 million items in the main library and the 40 other departmental libraries and divisions. As of 2006, it has also the largest "browsable" university library in the United States, with 7.5 million volumes directly accessible in stacks in a single location.


Photo was taken the day I arrived for Homecoming festivities at my alma mater on October 10, 2008. What was interesting to note was how much the landscape had changed around the Library. I remember taking panoramic shots of the Library in 1990 about 100 feet to the right from where this was taken and it wasn't obstructed by all the trees you see now.

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MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

WOW! what an incredible amount of books, it would take an age to look at all of them, does it have that wonderful smell of old books that some libraries have?
The building is amazing too! and I bet it brought back some happy memories, a lovely shot Steven:)

27 Oct 2008 3:22pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Fine shot of a great building, must be awesome to wander around there, inmidst these millions of books!

27 Oct 2008 3:48pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

hey! welcome back! :) i've been spotty lately too -- work is getting crazy again. ;) a beautiful shot here -- handsome architecture, very nicely cared for grounds -- and the light is beautiful!

28 Oct 2008 2:28am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

p.s. -- were are doing self portraits on wednesday if you are interested in joining? :)

28 Oct 2008 2:33am

Arash from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

nice architectural shot, nice and like symmetric here,

28 Oct 2008 3:30pm