Introduction to the Grainger Engineering Library
The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center opened March 15, 1994. The Grainger Foundation of Skokie Illinois provided $ 18.7 million for construction of the Library. The State of Illinois contributed $ 7.5 million dollars for the rerouting of steam, electrical, and sewer lines, the clearing of the building site, and the preparation of the new Engineering Quad in front of the Library. State-of-the-art computer equipment for the Library was provided through complete or partial equipment grants from Hewlett-Packard, IBM, NCR, GTE and the Digital Equipment Corporation and through cash contributions from College of Engineering Alumni. A drive to build a $5 million endowment to maintain and upgrade that computer equipment and associated technology in the future and to support the various electronic information resources being made available in the Library is currently underway.
The Library is named in honor of William Wallace Grainger , founder of W. W. Grainger, Inc., a leading distributor of equipment, components, and supplies to customers in commercial, industrial, and industrial markets. The building has 135,000 gross square feet and 92,000 net assignable square feet. It has shelving for over 330,000 volumes and seating for over 1,200 patrons. The building architect was Evans Woollen.
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