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Crown Family Educator Resource Center

Supporting arts integration across school curricula and interactive museum learning, the Crown Resource Center is a reference library with art history and art-making resources, exhibition catalogues, gallery activities, interdisciplinary lesson plans, research files, teacher manuals, and videos/DVD. Many relate directly to the Art Institute's collection, and a selection are available for loan. Patrons may use the library and computer stations to conduct research or consult with museum staff to plan lessons.

Visit the Teacher Program calendar or sign up for our e-newsletter for more information about upcoming events.

The Educator Resource Center will offer the following holiday hours:

12/22/16–12/26/16: CLOSED
Tuesday 12/27/16: 1:00–5:00
Wednesday 12/28/16: 1:00–5:00
Thursday 12/29/16: 1:00–7:00
12/30/16–12/31/16: CLOSED (or by appointment only)
1/1/17–1/2/17: CLOSED
1/3/17–1/9/17: CLOSED (or by appointment only)

School Year Hours (September 5, 2016–May 31, 2017)

Sunday–Monday: Closed*
Tuesday–Wednesday: 1:00–5:00
Thursday: 1:00–7:00
Friday: Closed*
Saturday: 10:30–4:30 

*Located in the Ryan Learning Center and accessible from the museum's Modern Wing entrance, the Crown Educator Resource Center is available during closed hours by appointment only (except Sundays and holidays). Please contact us by e-mail at or phone at (312) 443-3719 at least 24 hours in advance to schuedule an appointment. 


Groups of educators may schedule free, half-hour orientations to the Crown Educator Resource Center. Classes of pre-service teachers and education students are welcome. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. For more information, or to schedule an orientation, e-mail or call (312) 443-3719.


Search the Educator Resource Center Library Catalog *for books, DVDs, and teaching resources. Selected resources (kits and videos) are available for loan to area educators. If you have any questions about searching the online catalog, contact us at or (312) 443-3719.

Borrowing Policy

To be eligible to borrow materials, educators must be members of the Art Institute Educator Network and live within 100 miles of the museum. Patrons may borrow two items at a time for a three-week period. Materials must be checked out in-person and returned by the date specified on the due date slip. Materials can be renewed one time only by contacting Crown Resource Center staff before the due date. Eligible educators (Illinois pre-K–12 teachers) must visit the Crown Educator Resource Center and sign up for the Educator Network.