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Library Names, Phone Numbers, Hours, Addresses, Directions, and Borrowing Privileges
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
(847) 392-0100
500 North Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL
  • AHPL has an extensive audio visual collection.
  • To check out up to 6 items including 2 non-print, you must have a local, public library card and a picture ID.
AHPL Catalog
Art Institute of Chicago
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
(312) 443-3666
111 South Michigan Ave., Chicago

By car: Driving and Parking

The train:
Take the Metra to the Canal St. station. Exit the station onto Madison Ave., and turn left or east. Walk about 11 blocks or 1 mile to Michigan Ave. Turn right or south, and walk about 6 blocks to the Art Institute.

An Infopass is required to use the Library (see Reference Desk at Donnelley & Lee Library).
  • Most materials must be requested for viewing using a "call slip."
  • Use the Ryerson Online Catalog to determine which items you want to request and to get their call numbers.
  • Materials kept in the Reading Room on open shelves that may be used freely include:
    Books with OPEN SHELF or INDEXES as a Location
    Current issues of periodicals identified by the Location DISPLAY SHELVES
  • Search for provenance by painter or sculptor
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
John M. Flaxman Library
(312) 899-5097
6th floor, 37 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago

The Library is one block north and one block west of the Art Institute.
Directions: from the train

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Flaxman Library has many specialized databases.  View videos from the SAI's extensive film collection at the Flaxman Library

Flaxman has a special collection on fashion

Center For Research Libraries
(800) 621-6044
6050 South Kenwood Avenue, Chicago


Requested books via ILL should be here in about 4 working days.

Books and other items may be viewed in the CRL Reading Room, however, they must be requested 2 days in advance.


Chicago History Museum
Clark Street at North Avenue, Chicago

Research Center hours (which differ from the Museum hours)

Be prepared to register and check belongings prior to gaining access to the collections (laptops are permitted).
The online catalog includes links to other finding aids.

Chicago Public Library (Harold Washington Library Center)

(312) 747-4100

hours and branch locations
400 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Municipal Reference Desk (questions about the city of Chicago): (312) 747-4526

Financial and business information is available on the 4th floor. (312) 747-4400

Government Documents are on the 5th floor. (312) 747-4500
CPL holds 100% of Government Documents.


If you have a card from any local Reciprocal Borrowing Library (including Lake Forest College) and one other piece of identification, you may obtain a Chicago Public Library card with which you may check out books.


List of available databases while in the Chicago Public Library

Chicago State University
   Douglas Library



9501 S. M.L. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628-1598
(95th and King Drive)

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a source for government documents


College of Lake County
John C. Murphy Memorial Library
(847) 543-2071
19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake, IL

Location and maps

Lake Forest College students, faculty, and staff may use the Non-I‑Share Book Request form to request videos and other media from the College of Lake County via Interlibrary Loan.

microfilm holdings

Columbia College Library

   (312) 344-7900

624 So. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL (First 5 floors of the Torco Bldg.)

Enter the building and walk to the back to the Library entrance. Reference is on the 2nd floor.

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DePaul University Libraries
    Loop Reference Desk:
      (312) 362-8432
    Other Locations
Loop Library:
1 East Jackson Blvd, 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60604

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Evanston Public Library
Main library:
(847) 866-0300
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201
    FAX: (847) 866-0313
    Locations, hours, and maps
EPL has archives of old print issues of popular magazines
Lake Forest Academy Library

    (847) 615-3225
    1500 West Kennedy Road , Lake Forest, IL 60045

Lake Forest (city) Library
360 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Any Lake Forest College Student can check out books and videos from the public Lake Forest Library with a Lake Forest College ID card.
, no materials may be checked out from the public Library after April 1st until the new fall semester begins.


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Great Lakes Region (Chicago)
    (773) 948-9001
    7358 South Pulaski Road
--has retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, from 1800 to the 1990's
National-Louis University

    1-800-443-5522 x2505

1000 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090 (new location of main library June 2006)
     —has collection of education journals and
         some archives of popular journals on microfilm.
5202 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300, Skokie, IL 60077 (new branch library June 2006)

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Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610-3305
directions,   map, regional map

When you arrive at the Newberry, you will need to put any outer
garments, umbrellas, newspapers, food, briefcases, backpacks, large
handbags, and other personal belongings in a locker on the 1st floor.
(You need a quarter to rent a locker, but your quarter is refunded when
you leave.) You can bring in some notes, pens/pencils, digital camera,
and a laptop. (See their digital camera policy.) You might also
want to bring a sweater-- sometimes the reading rooms are a bit chilly.
You will need to go to the 3rd floor to get your library card-- bring a
valid photo ID with a current address (driver's license is perfect) in
order to get a 1-year card.

Readers must be at least 16 years old or a junior in high

Research topics supported by the Newberry collections include Genealogy, Local History, and Western Americana.

I‑Share Catalog.
Other Newberry catalogs
Research at the Newberry

North Suburban Library System (NSLS)
NSLS "is an organization of over 250 members, comprised of 680 public, academic, school and special libraries in the north suburban area of Cook County and in communities in Kane, Lake and McHenry counties."
Search 21 of the NSLS public library catalogs using the Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) catalog which serves public libraries in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.
   1935 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-2300

via Metra:
1. take the Metra/Union Pacific North Line from Kenosha
2. get off at Davis St, Evanston
3. make a left, heading east onto Davis St
4. walk 3 blocks to Chicago Ave and turn left (north)
5. Walk up Chicago Ave to the campus and the Library

Campus maps: 3-D map, Evanston campus area

Get an Infopass from Lake Forest Donnelley & Lee Library Reference desk to gain admittance after 5 or on weekends unless you are only going to view Government Documents.

To use online resources, go to the Information Desk, show a picture ID, and ask for a guest ID.
This one-day pass will allow you to use computers in the Reference Room or the Periodicals Room, but not in the Information Commons.

Purchase a copy card at the library to make copies or print.


Other libraries and collections at Northwestern:
Poplar Creek Library
   (630) 837-6800
490 S. Bartlett Road, Streamwood, IL 60107

Government Documents


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
(formerly Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School)

   Boxer University Library
   (847) 578-3000
   3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, Illinois 60064-3095

  1. From the Lake Forest College Campus, head West on Deerpath for 1 mile to Greenbay Road (first stop light past town).
  2. Turning right onto Greenbay, head North for 4 miles (cross 176 at 3 miles).
  3. Passing the front of the campus, turn into the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science at the second set of purple signs to the North entrance.

A list of journals available at the Rosalind Franklin University (formerly Finch) is kept at Lake Forest's Donnelley & Lee Library Reference desk.
You may also search their Serials Holdings online before you go to the school.
Some journals may only be available online, and therefore only available to Rosalind Franklin students.

At the Rosalind Franklin Library:
Be sure to do all online research before going to the Rosalind Franklin Library.  The computers there are password protected.

Enter via the North entrance. The security guard will buzz you in after which you will need to sign-in using Lake Forest College as your "designation."

Purchase a Smart Card from the machine to your right ($2 for the card + 8 copies; 17 copies per dollar thereafter). The machine is opposite the circulation desk.

Go up the stairs to the left of the security guard, then straight ahead to the library.

Journals are straight ahead, to your left.

Schaumburg Township District Library
(847) 923-3349

All STDL branches: (847) 985-4000

Central Library:
130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193


From STDL's FAQ's:

"STDL honors all valid public library cards from any library within the United States and Canada. Two forms of identification including name and address are required for individuals from other libraries, along with their valid library card."

From STDL's old webpage:

"...business collection is the largest...in a public library in the suburbs of Chicago. All reference librarians on duty are professionally trained to assist with business questions. They also handle short, factual questions on the telephone...."

Includes "an expanding international section."

Business databases available at STDL:
   American Business Directory
   Dun's Business Locator


University of Chicago Libraries
1100 East 57th St. Chicago, IL 60637
    Circ: (773) 702-8701     Reference (no nights or Sundays): (773) 702-4685

Crerar [Science] Library
(773) 702-7715
5730 S. Ellis Ave.
Directions and maps
Parking in the structure is free after 4pm and on weekends.
There is also some metered parking on the street across from the library.

There is one set of library cards available at the Reference Desk of Donnelley & Lee Library of Lake Forest College to gain access to the University of Chicago Libraries and check out their materials. These cards may be signed out on an overnight basis.

Alternately, you may get an Infopass to gain access to the library, but you will not be able to check out their materials.


University of Illinois at Chicago
About the (UIC) Library
-- directions, maps, hours

Daley Library hours
801 S. Morgan, M/C 234, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Other UIC Libraries: locations & phone numbers

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VA Medical Center Library
    Voice: 847-578-3757
    Fax: 847-578-3819
3001 North Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064

  1. From the Campus, head West on Deerpath for 1 mile to Greenbay Road (first stop light past town).
  2. Turning right onto Greenbay, head North for 4 miles (you will cross highway 176 at 3 miles).
  3. Turn right onto Buckley, then right again. It's the large building, number 133CA .
  4. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor and turn to your right.

Hours: M-F 8-4:30
Bring Lake Forest College ID
One copy only of library materials.
VA Medical Journals Holdings (updated 2002)