Lynne Thomas

Lynne M Thomas

Adjunct Associate Professor

MS, Library and Information Science, Illinois; MA, English & American Literature, Northern Illinois University

Other professional appointments

Head, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University Library

Research focus

Rare Books and Special Collections Librarianship; Rare Books and Special Collections Administration; popular culture; and digital preservation.


Five-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Head of the Rare Books and Manuscript Library and Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the largest public university rare book collections in the country. She previously served as Head of Distinctive Collections and Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. She co-authored Special Collections 2.0, (Libraries Unlimited, 2009) and co-edited  New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice, both with Beth Whittaker (ABC-CLIO, 2016), and is a founding member of the Digital POWRR project. An alumna of Smith College with a degree in French and Comparative Literature, she also holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in English and American Literature from Northern Illinois University.

Office hours

Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. or by appointment