Below are some databases to identify collections or works at other libraries and archives.
Chicago Libraries & Archives
Other Libraries & Archives
Planning a Visit to Another Library or Archive
Before Your Visit
Do you actually need to go?
- Did you confirm that our Library doesn't have the item(s) you need? If you aren't sure, our Librarians can help.
- Can you obtain items via the University of Chicago Library’s Borrow Direct, UBorrow, or Interlibrary Loan services?
Planning a Visit
Know before you go…
- Do they have what you need?
- What is the item’s location in the library?
- Is it available or checked out?
- What are their policies for using the library?
- When is the “access” or “privileges” office open?
- Any special summer hours, closings, etc.?
- Can you access the internet on your laptop?
Things to Bring
- UChicago ID card
- Government-sponsored ID: Passport, Driver’s License, etc.
Proof of need (required by some institutions)
- Letter from your advisor (on University letterhead)
- Prepared statement about your research
Food for Thought
Things to consider before a visit
- You will be unlikely to check out materials (with the exception of partner libraries)
- Not every library includes all of their collections in their catalog
- Many libraries do not allow wireless or computer access for visitors
- Not every database to which a library subscribes will be available to visitors
- When in doubt, don’t be afraid to use the reference (Ask a Librarian) services offered at the library or archive you plan to visit
UChicago librarians can help you...