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Visit Special Collections and University Archives

The University Library has two reading rooms for its Special Collections and University Archives. Each room is open special hours. For the most up-to-date information on when we are open, see Daley Library (hours and dates open) and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago (hours and dates open).

Browse collections

Before your visit, search manuscript collections, University Archives, or rare book collections. The Daley Library reading room contains maps, rare books and most of the Library’s manuscript collections. LHS-Chicago has manuscripts and rare books mainly related to the history of medicine.

Make an appointment

Make an appointment and request your items before your visit.

Plan your visit

What to bring

  • School ID, drivers license, state ID or passport
  • Pencils
  • Digital Cameras (no flash)
  • Laptop
  • Loose paper

What to expect

You must first register with the receptionist and follow the reading room attendant’s instructions at all times. The attendant will explain all the rules and procedures required for handling our historical documents.

You may request photocopies, scans, and photographs.

No borrowing

Because our holdings are rare and sometimes fragile, you may not check out the materials from Special Collections and University Archives.

We occasionally lend items to museums, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. Contact us for more information.

Quiet, please!

The reading rooms are a space for people to do research. Keep talking to a minimum and please take all cell phone conversations outside.

Getting help with research

Our staff is here to help you. Ask a Librarian for more information.

Exhibits and Special Events

Special Collections and University Archives maintains exhibits at both of its locations and online. The department also occasionally holds special events.

Browse exhibits during opening hours and attend events open to the general public. View the online University Archives’ online exhibits and UIC image collections at any time.

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