Shepley Bulfinch to Renovate University of Illinois Undergraduate Library

A building transformation that will protect and promote rare and historical collections

Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm with offices in Boston, Hartford, Houston and Phoenix, announced today the renovation of the University of Illinois' Undergraduate Library in partnership with Champaign-based RATIO Architects. The renovation will create a dedicated home for the preservation and use of the library's rare and archival collections including University Archives, Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, and Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Shepley Bulfinch and RATIO Architects will transform the University's current Undergraduate Library, a 98,000 sf, mid-20th century structure, to create a place where students, faculty and the public can utilize historical collections to enrich contemporary scholarship, foster engagement and inspire emerging voices of the future.    

Project design work is underway, with construction slated to be completed in 2024.  

About Shepley Bulfinch: Shepley Bulfinch is a national architecture and design firm with offices in Boston, Houston, and Phoenix. Founded in 1874, the firm has a notable legacy of challenging convention, pioneering visionary design ideas, and collaborating with clients who seek to drive measurable change. Shepley Bulfinch architects and designers are regarded for their award-winning library designs and for their expertise in tackling complex projects, especially in the areas of education, healthcare, and urban development. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @ShepleyBulfinch. 

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