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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. 

To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries are closed to all researchers except museum staff for the remainder of 2020.

Staff currently are working remotely and lack access to our physical collections, though we are continuing to provide reference services to the best of our abilities in these circumstances. We encourage you to review our discovery tools and to email reference@artic.edu with your questions.

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