The Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green Street

The Urbana Free Library

The Urbana Free Library was founded in 1874. Needing a permanent home, the city turned to Mary E. Busey, who donated $35,000 for the construction of the library as a memorial to her late husband, Samuel Busey. This outstanding Neoclassical building, built of Bedford limestone, was designed by local architect Joseph Royer. Dedicated in 1918, the building was expanded in 1974-75, and again in 2003-2005.

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