The Lilly Library is on the Fine Arts Plaza on East Seventh Street at Indiana University. (Indiana University / Courtesy photo)
The Lilly Library is on the Fine Arts Plaza on East Seventh Street at Indiana University. (Indiana University / Courtesy photo)
The Lilly Library at Indiana University is getting makeover thanks to a $10.9 million grant.

The money comes from the Lilly Endowment, a private foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Co. The grant will be used to renovate the library that was established in 1960 to house the private collection of the late Josiah K. Lilly Jr., one of Lilly Endowment’s founders.

The library now contains more than 450,000 rare books, 8.5 million manuscripts and 150,000 sheets of music.

The library has not had a significant interior renovation since its completion, according to a news release from IU. Its collection has grown considerably since then. So, too, has the number of scholars visiting the library to use those collections.

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