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Visit Special Collections and University Archives

Two reading rooms are dedicated to researchers using our collections. View Special Collections and University Archives hours at Daley Library or Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.

The Special Collections and University Archives reading rooms are reopening August 26, 2020 on a limited basis.  Learn more about visiting and requesting an appointment.


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Plan your visit

To plan your visit, it’s best to make an appointment so we can have your materials ready when you arrive. If you’re not sure which materials you’d like to look at, you may find it helpful to search our online list of archival finding aids, our list of rare book collections or our guide to research the history of UIC. You may also Ask an Archivist for further help.

First-time visitors must register using photo identification, so please bring valid identification, such as a school I.D., drivers license, state I.D. or passport.

Because our materials are valuable and sometimes fragile, we do not permit borrowing and all materials must be viewed in the reading room.

We also limit the kinds of items you may bring into our reading room. Pencils, loose paper, laptops and digital cameras (no flash) are welcome. We provide a secure space for your other items.

Finding Aids

Try the new UIC Special Collections and University Archives Finding Aid Search!

We’re pleased announce a preview of the new search system for UIC finding aids.  You can use this system to discover resources in Special Collections and University Archives by searching for your topic or by browsing popular topics.  See How to search Special Collections and University Archives finding aids for search tips.

You can still also browse our finding aids by title as before.

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.

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

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