Answered By: University of Illinois Library
Last Updated: May 31, 2017     Views: 525

The Undergraduate Library was built underground to maintain a large open plaza on that end of campus. This also kept the library from casting a shadow on the Morrow Plots, the first experimental corn field at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. They are also the oldest continually used experimental agricultural fields in the United States and the second oldest in the world.

For more information about the Morrow Plots and U of I history, see the UIHistories Project.

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