Her will provided a large sum of money for the building of a memorial library. She wanted her family portraits and certain items of furniture to be placed in the library, but these were placed in the Lustrat House, on the University of Georgia’s campus, after it was decided it was a better site for her personal items2.
The Ilah Dunlap Little Memorial Library opened and was dedicated in 1953, nearly 14 years after her death in 1939. The building constructed was 146,900 square feet with room for 70,000 volumes. It was built with the help of state funding as well as the funds provided by Ilah Dunlap Little. The library has since added on to the original structure, in 1974 a 209,206 square foot annex was constructed on the back of the Main Library, more than doubling the building’s capacity3. The building's interior was recently updated in 2012.