Illinois Radio Reading Service Building
The Illinois Radio Reading Service Building is a repurposed house in south campus, near the Slavic Review Building. It is the continuation of a service project begun April 15, 1978 in the basement of Gregory Hall, which offered "daily reading of newspapers, including advertising material and even the features and comics; the reading of magazines, and of books not already available in recorded versions; community and consumer information programs; and other matter not readily available to sight-handicapped persons". 
A collaboration between the University's WILL, and the local Junior League, the program used one of the FM sub bands usually used for carrying commercial-free music for stores. Special receivers were necessary to receive the broadcasts and the Andersons Foundation spent $3,500 to purchase 52 receivers to launch the program, which were lent to eligible individuals for a fee of just $2 a month. The program broadcast weekly from 6:30PM until midnight and 12 hours non-stop on weekends. 
At the time of its inception, the program joined more than 70 others in the United States, all spawned from a Minnesota project launched in 1968, which had grown to more than 4,000 receivers by 1978. The Champaign-Urbana program was estimated to be of use to more than 6,000 area residents. 
Two years prior to the Reading Service's inception, in 1976, the University had first added Braille elevator signs to all of its campus buildings.