Oboler retired in 1980, but was awarded emeritus status. In 1983 ISU recommended to the State Board of Education that the ISU Library be renamed the Eli M. Oboler Library, because he'd served the university "with distinction in an exemplary manner." The ISU Board of Trustees adopted a resolution April 7 of that year, and the library's rededication in Oboler's honor took place April 20, 1983, during National Library Week. Judith Krug, head of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, spoke at the ceremony, calling Eli "one of the most noticed and noticeable spokesmen" in behalf of intellectual freedom. The text of Ms. Krug's speech may be found in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom (Vol. XXXII No. 5, Sept. 1983, pp. 170-171).
Eli M. Oboler passed away just two months later, but his name, and his library, live on. We hope that you enjoy using this library, and we encourage you to let us know if there is any way we may help you to find the answers you seek, on any topic. We are grateful to Mr. Oboler for his dedication to the ideals of intellectual freedom, customer service, and academic excellence.