The library at Illinois State Normal University opened in 1890, thirty-three years after the opening of the university. Until that time, departments held their own collections. Over its history, the library has resided in five buildings and moved into the current facility in 1976. The present building is named in honor of Angeline Vernon Milner, who was the first university librarian from 1890-1928.
Milner Library is an active partner in the teaching, learning, research, and service activities of Illinois State University. Milner librarians provide research assistance and library instruction customized to meet the needs of students and faculty. Reference collections include general, as well as subject-specific, print and electronic research tools including indexes, handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies, directories, and bibliographic and full text databases.
Milner’s collections include:
Milner’s Web site serves as an electronic guide to library resources, services, facilities, and staff. In addition, Milner’s “Ask a Librarian” service provides online reference assistance through chat, text, and e-mail.
Milner Library is located on the northeast corner of the quad, next to the Bone Student Center. Each of its five public floors provides a variety of study areas -- learning spaces, individual carrels, small tables, group study spaces, and lounge chairs which are adjacent to books, periodicals, and other library materials.
The library includes areas devoted to specific disciplines. The sixth floor is devoted to the humanities, media, education and teaching materials. Floor Five covers the pure and applied sciences. The third and fourth floors contain social sciences materials. The main floor offers general resources along with reference and check-out services.
The University Archives is part of the library organization. It is the official repository of University records. Part of its collection can be viewed in the ISU History digital collection.
Milner hosts the Teaching with Primary Sources (Midwest Region) program, the only academic library to be affiliated with the Library of Congress program.
Milner regularly partners with other campus entities sponsoring a variety of speakers and exhibits. Recent exhibits include Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience and Silent Sister.
The Friends of Milner Library is a group committed to supporting the mission and goals of the library.
Milner Library is a governing member in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and has been a member since 1980.
"Faculty Research at Illinois State University: A Bibliography of Historical and Current Scholarly Works" is a database of publications by ISU faculty from 1857 to the present, compiled by a research group of Milner Library faculty.