Sangamon Experience is free and open to the public every day from 9 am—to 5 pm


Located inside the Public Affairs Center Building
2200 Ernest Hemingway Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703
(Please note this address is for GPS navigation only, it is NOT a valid mailing address).


All visitors must park in visitor-designated lots and pay the visitor parking rate of $1 per hour using the nearest parking pay station. Pay stations accept coins and credit/debit cards only – NO bills! You must know your license plate number when using the pay stations. 

Designated visitor lots with pay stations closest to the Sangamon Experience are lot C North and lot D.  Lot B is also a designated visitor lot but is farther away from the building. Please note that failure to pay the parking fee may result in a ticket issued by UIS Parking Operations.

Questions about Parking?

  • UIS Parking Operations at (217) 206-8502
  • After-hours campus visitor assistance is also available 24/7 by contacting the UIS Campus Police non-emergency line at (217) 206-6690.

Rules of Civility

We embrace our role as a community resource and connector; therefore, we provide evidence-based history from multiple perspectives. We prioritize our commitment to sharing the contributions of all our region’s residents. We create an environment of mutual respect and civility so that we may provide a safe and inclusive experience for all.

UIS Archives


Archives/Special Collections is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-1 pm, except for holidays and the December break. The archives are located on Level One of Brookens Library, Room 144, adjacent to the ITS Media Lab. To request an appointment, patrons must contact a staff member at 217-206-6520 or email questions@uis.libanswers.com.


The University of Illinois at Springfield Archives preserves extensive primary source holdings to study significant historical records of Sangamon State University (1969-1995) and the University of Illinois at Springfield and regional history records and manuscripts whose research strengths support the University's educational mission.

Researchers can explore much of the university's and regional history, archival, and oral history collections online because we like sharing history with everyone! So check out their online collections, where you can explore everything from manuscripts, master's projects, and their visual collections of digitized photographs and audio recordings. Learn more at the UIS Archives website.