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Doing Research in Other Libraries & Archives

Below are some tips for doing research at other libraries and archives not affiliated with the University of Chicago.

Starting Points

Below are some databases to identify collections or works at other libraries and archives.

Libraries with Reciprocal Agreements with the University of Chicago

The Library has agreements with many different libraries for access, and occasionally borrowing privileges. View a complete list of access and reciprocal borrowing agreements with other institutions. Here are a few examples:

Before You Visit to Another Library or Archive

Do you 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 lending services?

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 hours, closings, etc.?
  • Can you obtain wireless internet access?

Things to bring with you:

  • Identification
    • 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

Things to consider before a visit:

  • Libraries may only be open to researchers, not for study space
  • 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
  • Not every database to which a library subscribes will be available to visitors
  • Many libraries have "closed stacks", meaning that you have items paged in advance
  • When in doubt, don’t be afraid to use the library's or archive's reference (Ask a Librarian) services

UChicago librarians can help you...

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