University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    Image | 1950 | Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard CollectionThe State Library, Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois Although there had been four statehouses in Illinois before the Old State Capitol was occupied in 1839, this was the first statehouse to incorporate a library. Abraham Lincoln is recorded as having borrowed the first book from the State Library in 1842.