The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library is a center of intense intellectual inquiry. It enables discovery in every subject studied at the University of Chicago—from ancient history to contemporary art, from microbiology to macroeconomics. President Harper’s purchase of the Berlin Collection in 1891, a year before the University’s classes began, demonstrates the centrality of a great library to a great university. That vital role was reaffirmed in 2011 with the opening of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which provides a powerful infrastructure for the forward-looking programs of a great library.

With the ninth largest collection in North America, the Library supports the research of faculty, students, and visiting scholars by making its collections readily accessible, by supporting new forms of scholarship, and by connecting users with a vast array of resources through instruction and outreach. A mecca for scholars and a hub for students, the Library provides extraordinary spaces for individual and collaborative study and research.

Alumni and donors enable the Library to expand its print and electronic resources, to make them accessible in new ways, and to help students and scholars to use them on campus and around the world. Your contributions will help us to realize the full potential of the Library to support an empowering education and innovative research at the University of Chicago in the years to come.

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact will raise $27 million to support initiatives through the Library.

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