There is much you can do to prepare for your visit to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.
Search the freely available online catalogue to see what books and journals we have and whether they're "available."
Look through archival finding aids to discover what's included in a particular archival collection. If there's something you'd like to see while here, note the collection title, accession number, and the series and box number.
No appointment is required during our regular public hours. Please see our hours and location for more details.
Researchers who require access to specific materials in the library and archival collections, and who will not be using the museum galleries, may apply for an Info Pass to cover a single research visit. This pass provides access to the Reading Room (though not the galleries) without purchasing museum admission. To apply for a pass, please have your local librarian email firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of one week in advance of your visit with the following information:
Researcher's email address
Ryerson & Burnham library and archives materials to be consulted and their call numbers