Answered By: University of Illinois Library Last Updated: May 15, 2019 Views: 1256
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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