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Knox College has two libraries, Seymour Library and the Science-Mathematics Library. The Knox College Library is a member of the RAILS Library System and a governing member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and is an active participant in interlibrary loan programs serving public, school, and academic libraries throughout Illinois. The Knox College Library is also a member of the Center for Research Libraries.
Seymour Library is Knox College's main library, housing books and journals for the humanities and social sciences as well as materials in the Special Collections and Archives department. The building's interesting and unique spaces and quiet study rooms are rich in history and provide students with a study atmosphere steeped in the academic tradition. Read online articles about the history of Seymour Library and about the history of library collections at Knox before Seymour Library was built. Library staff offices are located in Seymour Library.
Borrowed materials may be returned via the bookdrop behind Seymour Library on the south end when the library is closed.
Remodeled in 1992 with support from the Estate of Ward L. Stephens and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Kresge Science-Mathematics Library, located in the Umbeck Center, houses the scientific and technical collections of the College. The Science Library's collections include books and journals covering the natural sciences, mathematics and psychology; it also provides access to reserve readings and has quiet study facilities.
The Science Library is currently closed for renovation. It will reopen in 2020.