About the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois: The foundation for the University of Illinois Library’s architecture and art collections was laid by the country’s first college graduate of architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Nathan Clifford Ricker (1843-1924), who in 1873 purchased several important architectural treatises and folios. The University’s Board of Trustees in 1917 authorized the Library to name the unit in Professor Ricker’s honor. Today, the collections of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art include more than 120,000 volumes and 33,000 serials. The Ricker Library also provides access to important electronic databases. The holdings cover the fields of architecture, architectural history, art, art history, museum studies, and art education.