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Students Guide to Special Collections and University Archives Research: Visit us

Special Collections and University Archives at Daley Library

 801 S. Morgan Chicago, IL 60607

Third floor, south end, Room 3-330

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

Policies and Procedures

  • All researchers must fill out the Researcher Registration form the first time they visit. Photo ID required.
  • Food or drink is not permitted in the reading room.
  • Please keep your cell phone on vibrate or silent. If you receive a call, please take the call outside of the reading room.
  • Ask at the front desk for a locker key to place your belongings such as coats and book bags. Only bring in material you need to complete your research. Laptops, notebooks, and digital cameras are permitted. Please use only pencil when taking notes (the Reading Room staff can provide pencils).
  • Please use only one box at a time. Please take only one folder out of a box at a time. This will ensure that all folders are returned to the correct box in the correct order.
  • Ask for white cotton gloves if you will be handling photographs.
  • Please handle all materials delicately.
  • Photocopies & Scans are available for .25 cents per page, or .50 cents per page, respectively. Library staff will do all photocopying for you. Due to staffing levels it might be 2-3 days before we can complete your order. Please ask the Reading Room Staff about the procedure to request photocopies.
  • Researchers may bring their own digital camera in order to take pictures of materials subject to compliance with our posted procedures. This can be done in lieu of ordering photocopies. There is no charge, we just ask that you fill out the Digital Camera Usage form agreeing to fair use copyright.
  • Remember the Reading Room Staff is always available for questions and will be glad to assist you!


If you are affiliated with UIC, you should be able to connect to "UIC-WiFi" using your netid and password. If you are not affiliated with UIC, there are 2 ways you can use wifi:

History Fair

History Fair students are welcome to visit us to work on their project! Please schedule your visit a week in advance and make sure to set up a time to speak with a Special Collections Librarian about your project. You can schedule your visit by using Ask A Librarian, through the chat services (blue box in lower right corner of the browser window), or give us a call at (312) 996-2742 (Daley Library or  (312) 996-8977 (Health Sciences Library).