Pritzker Military Library
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The Pritzker Military Library is a research library for the study of military history in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was founded in 2003 by COL (IL) James N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.) to be a non-partisan institution for the study of "the citizen soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy". Originally located at 610 N. Fairbanks Court in the Streeterville neighborhood, the library now resides at 104 S. Michigan Ave in the Loop. The library is supported by donations and membership.
The collection of the Pritzker Military Library totals over 70,000 items and includes more than 45,000 books, as well as periodicals, videos, artwork, posters, rare military ephemera, over 9000 photographs and glass negatives from the American Civil War and Spanish-American War through the present day, letters and journals from American soldiers, and a sizable collection related to Winston Churchill.
Circulating materials 
The collection is open to members of the public, but membership is required to take materials out of the library. Average loan period is three weeks with renewals. The Library does participate in interlibrary loan with major public and university libraries in the Continental United States. The Library is a member of several academic consortia, including the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS).
Rare materials 
The library has over 3,000 rare books and additional periodicals which do not circulate. These materials can be used in the Library's rare book reading room by appointment.
Named collections 
The Library has over ten named book collections, which include the Parrish Collection on Soviet History, the Dr. Charles E. Metz Collection (titles on World War II aviation), James Wengert Military Medical Collection, Lt. Col. Robert C. Peithman Collection (titles on the United States Marine Corps), Henry J. Reilly Memorial Library (volumes collected by Brig. Gen. Reilly), The Robert C. Baldridge Collection (volumes collected by Robert Connell Baldridge), Edward Jablonski Collection (books and working papers of historian Edward Jablonski), John V. Farwell Collection (books on the American and British navies), Robert G. Burkhardt Memorial Collection (books on submarines and leadership), and the WWI and WWII Sheet Music and Song Books Collection.
Programs at the library are free with membership, open to the public for a small fee, and have included interviews with Medal of Honor recipients such as Paul William Bucha and Gary L. Littrell, retired military figures such as Gen. Anthony Zinni and NASA Capt. Jim Lovell, as well as military authors such as Doris Kearns Goodwin, Rick Atkinson, and W.E.B. Griffin. Programs are webcast live on the library's website and archived for later viewing or listening in streaming media or as podcasts. The programs are downloaded at a rate of 2,000 per month per program. They are also broadcast on Chicago PBS affiliates WYCC Channel 20 and WTTW Channel 11.
It has also hosted exhibitions by artists such as Steve Mumford, James Dietz, Don Stivers, and members of the Midwest Air Force Association. Current exhibitions include Don't Be a Dope!:Training Comics from World War II and Korea  and She's a Wow!: Women's Service Organizations in World War II.
In 2007, the Library announced that Civil War historian James M. McPherson would receive the first annual Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The award includes a $100,000 honorarium, it is one of the richest literary prize endowments in the world. It is given in the Library's name by the Tawani Foundation.
|2007||James M. McPherson|
|2008||Allan R. Millett|
|2009||Gerhard L. Weinberg|
|2012||Sir Max Hastings|
|2013||To be announced summer 2013|
Recognition Received 
The Pritzker Military Library was named one of 10 recipients of the 2009 National Medal  for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. The annual award, made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) since 1994, recognizes institutions for outstanding social, educational, environmental, or economic contributions to their communities.
The Library's programs have been critically acclaimed. The Library's 2006 schedule was named an Official Honoree of the 2007 Webby Awards. It was also named an Official Honoree in two categories, Live & Broadcast Events and Podcasts, in the 2008 Webby Awards.
- Pritzker Military Library: Collection
- Special Collections
- Midwest Air Force Artists
- Hypertext - The wide world of the web | Chicago Tribune | Blog
- Calendar of Upcoming Events
- Don't Be a Dope!
- She's a Wow!
- James McPherson Wins Pritzker Military Writing Award - washingtonpost.com
- Random House, Inc. Academic Resources | Titles of Academic Interest for Universities and Colleges
- About the Tawani Foundation & the Pritzker Military Library Lifetime Achievement Award
- Webby Honorees