Things we love about Illinois: The Undergraduate Library Tunnel

Tunnel between the Main Library and the undergraduate library. (By L. Brian Stauffer/UI Public Affairs)
One of our favorite things about our favorite institution of higher education.

The Undergraduate Library Tunnel

Completed in 1969 as part of a new, modernist undergraduate library, this 170-foot-long span, in a manner of speaking, spans decades, linking the 46-year-old, below-grade structure to the University’s historic Main Library—a red-brick Georgian Revival structure completed in 1924. As tunnels go, this one is particularly inviting, especially on rainy days, when students can comfortably traverse between the contemporary and the historic. The tunnel once housed a succession of vending machines, but has since been refashioned by architecture and industrial design students who commissioned built-in seating.

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