University of Chicago Library

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University of Chicago Library
Harper Library, interior, University of Chicago.jpg
Harper Memorial Library, interior as of 2007, University of Chicago. Today, Harper Memorial functions as a study space and reading room, it no longer provides collection access.
CountryUnited States
TypeAcademic library
LocationHyde Park, Chicago
Access and use
Other information
DirectorBrenda Johnson
References: Andrew Abbott: The University Library

University of Chicago Library is the library system of the University of Chicago, located on the university's campus in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is the tenth largest academic library in North America, with over 11.9 million volumes as of 2019.[2] The library also holds 65,330 linear feet of archives and manuscripts and 245 terabytes of born-digital archives, digitized collections, and research data.[2]

The library has borrowing privileges with several other archives, museums, and libraries in the Chicago area, including the Art Institute of Chicago Library, the Chicago History Museum, Fermilab, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Newberry Library.[3]

The library was founded by president of the University of Chicago, William Rainey Harper, who set the course for Special Collections as a “working collection” in 1891. The library's collections are located in six sites: the Joseph Regenstein Library, the John Crerar Library, the D'Angelo Law Library, the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, the Eckhart Library for mathematics and computer science, and the School of Social Service Administration Library.[4]

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  1. ^ "ARL Statistics 2013-2014".
  2. ^ a b "About the Library - The University of Chicago Library". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  3. ^ "Libraries and Museums". College Admissions. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  4. ^ "Campus Libraries".

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Coordinates: 41°47′32″N 87°36′00″W / 41.7922°N 87.6000°W / 41.7922; -87.6000