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Urbana Free Library: 140 years of community services

Urbana Free Library: 140 years of community services

January 26, 2015

The Urbana Free Library wasn’t always free. Two years before its conception in July of 1874, it began as the Young Men’s Library Association, a fee-based organization. “When (the library) became part of the city, the city took over responsibility of funding it, and they have property taxes that pa...