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The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving the Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history with more than 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, 600 current serial subscriptions, and extensive digital collections.
Two books from the special collection of the Library are displayed for visitors.

LOCATION AND PUBLIC HOURS

The library is located to the south of the Grand Staircase inside the museum’s Michigan Avenue entrance. 

Monday–Wednesday 1:00–5:00
Thursday 10:30–8:00
Friday 1:00–5:00
Saturday–Sunday CLOSED

Materials are paged from the stacks until one hour prior to closing.

A reference librarian is available in the Reading Room during these times to assist you with locating resources in our closed-stack collection. We encourage you to review our discovery tools prior to visiting, and to email reference@artic.edu with any questions.

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