14 millionth book for U of I library is professor's work

Updated: Dec. 17, 2017 at 12:54 PM CST
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois Library now has 14 million books.

The state's flagship university chose a volume by Frederick E. Hoxie to be the landmark 14 millionth. The professor emeritus of history and American Indian studies is author of "The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation ." It's a collection of essays on the U. of I.'s top accomplishments and is one of the projects commemorating the university's 150th anniversary .

Scott Koeneman is assistant dean of libraries for advancement. He says the school typically seeks a donor to buy a rare, expensive book for a millionth volume. The 150th birthday prompted officials to choose Hoxie's for this milestone.

Hoxie's work will be recognized with the library's other millionth volumes in a permanent display on the first floor of the main library.

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