Christopher D. Cook


Portrait of Christopher D. Cook at Westminster Abbey Library

I was raised in a small town in western Illinois where I developed a love for books and history and an appreciation of nature and the world that surrounds us. After high school, I attended the state's flagship institution of higher learning, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where my horizons were broadened further than I could have anticipated. My major area of study was Italian and I pursued courses in linguistics and classical archaeology and almost everything in between while working as a student at the university's classics and rare book libraries. This work led me to pursue a master's degree in library and information science from the same institution. My first professional library job followed immediately upon my graduation. After three years, I moved on to explore the nation's capital where I worked as a librarian for a government agency before returning to academia.