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Researcher's Guide to Special Collections and University Archives: Visiting

Photocopies, scans, or taking pictures in Special Collections and University Archives

All researchers are welcome to order photocopies or scans. You are also welcome to take photos with a digital camera or phone (no flash photography please) of most unrestricted materials. 

We require all patrons who wish to take pictures to fill out a fair use notice. In some cases, we do not permit patrons to take photographs.


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:

Bring a USB Flash Drive

If you plan to use our microfilm software or find that you need to download a journal article from one of our Visiting Researcher  computers (second floor of the main library), please bring a flash drive.




How to make Appointments

  • Email Us
  • Call us at (312) 996.2742 for Special Collections and University Archives at Daley library, or (312) 996.8977 for Special Collections at Library of Health Sciences

"I can't visit, what are my options?"

Unable to visit us in Chicago? We will do our best to accommodate your research needs. If it's something small, we can have the materials paged, and make photocopies or scans (please see this page for our fees for this service). We can also accommodate larger requests, but this has a longer turnaround time. Please contact us for further information.

You are also welcome to hire a local researcher. Contact the Graduate Student Coordinator for the History Department here at University of Illinois, Chicago (Linda Van Puyenbroeck, and inquire about graduate students who may be available to hire. Tell the coordinator about your research question, expected amount of research, how much you are willing to pay, etc, and they can send out a call for researchers to the History Dept. students.

There are also some lists of Chicago area researchers for-hire online:

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