Know your location
The archival finding aid for a given collection notes where you can find it. 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
- Digital Cameras (no flash)
- Loose paper
What to expect
You must first register with receptionist and follow the reading room attendant’s instructions at all times.The attendant will explain all the rules and procedures necessary for handling our historical documents.
You may request photocopies, scans, and photographs
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.
The reading room is 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.