Northwestern University Library

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Northwestern University Library
Established 1970
Location Evanston, IL
Coordinates 42°03′11″N 87°40′27″W / 42.0531°N 87.6742°W / 42.0531; -87.6742Coordinates: 42°03′11″N 87°40′27″W / 42.0531°N 87.6742°W / 42.0531; -87.6742
Branches 1
Size 4.6 Million

Northwestern University Library is the principal library for the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The library holds 4.6 million volumes, making it the 11th largest library at a private university.[1] The building was designed in brutalist style by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Construction started in 1966 and the library opened in 1970. University Library succeeded Deering Library as the main library on campus and is connected to it.[2] Along with the other institutions in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, University Library joined the Google Book Search project on June 6, 2007.[1]

Library Collections[edit]

  • Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies: Established in 1954, the Herskovits Library is the largest separate Africana collection in existence.
  • The Music Library: Contains extensive holdings of printed music and archival materials documenting music composed since 1945.
  • Transportation Library: One of the largest transportation information centers in the world with a collection of over 500,000 items.
  • The Northwestern University Art Collection
  • Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
  • Northwestern University Archives

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b June 6, 2007 "Google Project Will Create Digital Repository for Select University Library Collections" [1]
  2. ^ "Building View, Northwestern Architecture: University Library," Northwestern University Archives [2]