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Special Collections and University Archives research at Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago: Home

Information on using Special Collections and University Archives at UIC-Chicago Library of the Health Sciences

Interested in Special Collections and University Archives at Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago (LHS-C)?

While many of UIC's special collections and university archives are housed at Daley Library, some are held on the West Side of campus at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago, or LHS-C. The Special Collections and University Archives Department is on the east side of the third floor. Get more information on our hours here. You do not need an appointment to visit, but we recommend giving us a heads up either via chat (click on the blue box in the lower right of your browser screen), email, or you can call us at (312) 996-8977. Everyone is welcome to visit!

**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.**


What collections are available there?

LHS-C Special Collections and University Archives holds collections documenting Chicago's medical history. Are you interested in historical public health data, occupational health, medical illustrations, early pharmacopoeias, or what is was like to be a nurse in the 1930s? We have answers to all that and more in Special Collections.

You can view a list of all UIC Library's finding aids here (link contains both LHS-C collections and Daley Library collections) or view our digitized materials here. University Archives materials are spread across both libraries. Interested in collections at LHS-C only? See this list from the Explore Chicago database.

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.

Is researching at LHS-Chicago different than at Daley Library?

Only the location is different! All our policies remain the same. Please bring a photo ID. You can view more information about visiting here.

How do I get there?

There are a few ways to get to LHS-C, which is located at 1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612.

Public Transit

If you are traveling from Daley Library, you can take the CTA or the UIC Campus Shuttle. Both the 157 and 7 CTA buses stop at the Polk Pink Line stop, which is across the street from LHS-C. A UIC ID is required to board the UIC Campus Shuttle, which does have a tracker.


Visitors may park at the parking structure at 1100 South Wood Street, or at 820 South Paulina Street. Please visit Parking Services for more information.

Genealogy sources

Often users are looking for information about a family member who was a Doctor, Nurse, or another health professional, or attended medical or nursing school in Chicago. We're happy to help you look up your relative! If you can provide at least a date range of when they would have attended school, or were active in the medical community, that will be very helpful. If they were a nurse, providing their maiden as well as married name is helpful, even if they weren't married when they were enrolled. You can send a request here.

Here are links to sources you may find helpful [**Please note that some records are subject to FERPA and HIPAA and may be closed. However, please reach out to us and we'll try to assist!**]

Do you think your family member attended the schools that became part of UIC's Medical Campus? Check out this historical timeline to see the names and dates of the former colleges.

Online Resources

From the National Library of Medicine:

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Megan Keller Young
Special Collections and University Archives
UIC Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-8977 or (312) 996-2742

Special Collections and University Archives at Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago


1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612

Third floor, west side, Room 320

 (312) 996-8977