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 in Daley Library and Library of the Health Sciences will be closed to researchers beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. Special Collections librarians and staff will be available to help with virtual reference questions through Ask A Librarian. Please note that response times will be longer due to staffing issues.**
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. Interested in collections at LHS-C only? See this list from the Explore Chicago database.
University Archives materials are spread across both libraries. You can search the holdings.
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.
There are a few ways to get to LHS-C, which is located at 1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612.
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.
1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612
Third floor, west side, Room 320