Although known as the University library, Milner also functions as a public library. Anyone within 50 miles can obtain a library card. Those who are further away can access digital resources online at

Some of Milner’s unique collections are digitized, including items from the art and circus collections. Soon you’ll be able to access Illinois State University’s yearbooks that were printed from 1892-1994. Copies of yearbook pages rank as the most frequent request from archives.

In addition to the dedicated library staff, Milner relies on external support to offer expanding services to the campus community and patrons beyond Illinois State’s borders. Friends of Milner also provides crucial support. Started by the community in 1947 to enrich the cultural life of campus, Friends of Milner is now in its 65th year. The group helps fund authors’ visits, exhibits, collections, preservation equipment, and even the purchase of popular DVD titles.

Members are invited to special events and enjoy other opportunities, such as Milner’s restoration of print materials by the Conservation Unit. Visit the library’s website or contact Assistant Dean Toni Tucker at (309) 438-3481 or by email at for more information about the various levels of membership.