Entity | Illinois State Library

Illinois State Library
The Illinois State Library is the official State Library of Illinois located in Springfield, Illinois. The library has a collection of 5 million items and serves as regional federal documents depository for the state. The library oversees the Talking Book and Braille Service which offers audio and braille library service to Illinois residents with print disabilities or other disabilities. The library maintains the Illinois Center for the Book, the Illinois Digital Archives and the Illinois Veterans History Project. The original state library was located next to the office of Stephen A. Douglas while he was Secretary of State. It moved into the west wing of the State Capitol's third floor in October 1887. The Illinois State Library is currently housed in the purpose-built Gwendolyn Brooks building which was designed by Chicago architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Construction took five years to complete and cost just under 36 million dollars when it was complete in 1990.
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Inception: 1839

Alternate Names: Illinois. State Library, Illinois State Library Springfield, Ill, Illinois State Library (1952), State Library Springfield, Ill, Illinois Illinois State Library, Illinois State Library, Springfield, State Library of Illinois
Associated Place(s): Springfield, United States of America, Illinois, Illinois--Springfield, Illinois--Perry County