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The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving the museum and the public in the fields of art and architectural history.

Two books from the special collection of the Library are displayed for visitors.

LOCATION AND PUBLIC HOURS

The Franke Reading Room will be closed to the public from July 22nd through August 9th and will reopen on Monday, August 12th.

The Art Institute’s Research Center brings together the divisions of Academic Engagement and Research, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, and the Art Institute of Chicago Archives to expand access to the museum’s research resources.

The Research Center’s Franke Reading Room is a shared space in which researchers can consult the collections of the Libraries and Archives. The reading room is located just south of the Grand Staircase inside the Michigan Avenue entrance to the museum.

PUBLIC RESEARCH HOURS

Archival research appointments are available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays,1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Request an appointment using this form.

Library research appointments are available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays,1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Request an appointment using this form.

Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be confirmed within two business days.

Researchers must complete a pre-registration process and submit requests for materials prior to the appointment.

Researchers agree to follow the museum’s visit guidelines in addition to established reading room policies.

MUSEUM STAFF RESEARCH HOURS

Access procedures for museum staff are available here.

SAIC STUDENTS AND FACULTY

Access procedures for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago community are available here.

Learn more about research appointments in the Franke Reading Room.

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