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Reading Room Access and Research Services for AIC Staff: Requesting Scans

Information on Using the Libraries and Archives for Art Institute of Chicago Staff

Scanning Resources

Museum staff may scan general collection library materials on the scanning equipment available in the reading room once the material has been reviewed by library staff to ensure that it is stable. A digital scanner is available for use in the reading room, as is a digital microform reader. There is also a scan-on-demand function in the online catalog.

Making Scans

Scanner Access

A book-safe, overhead scanner is available in the reading room for you to scan library materials whenever the Franke Reading Room is open. No appointment is necessary to scan materials that are on the hold shelf for you or that are on staff reserve in your name, but please consult with library staff first if the book seems fragile or has a tight binding.


Requesting Scans of Special Collection Materials

You are welcome to use your phone to photograph or scan materials in the library's special collections during your research appointment. If you prefer the settings on the overhead book scanner, library staff will make the scans for you. To request scans, please consult with the librarian on duty.

Research Center Resources

Research Center Resources

Online catalogs and databases maintained by the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries and Art Institute of Chicago:

Make requests for materials that are not owned by the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries:

Find library information:

Ryerson & Burnham Libraries Search

Search the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries

Input a keyword into the box and click Search to begin searching the online library catalog.

Digital Resources from the Art Institute of Chicago

Digital Resources from the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Ryerson & Burnham Art and Architecture Archives: Digital Collections
  • Finding Aids: Finding aids are inventories or indices that describe the contents and context of an archival collection and are the primary method of accessing information about any given group of records.
  • Images and Media: Catalog of electronic surrogates of selected original archival materials from the Ryerson & Burnham Archives collections. Materials may include photographs, slides, architectural drawings and prints, correspondence, and printed papers.
  • Oral Histories: Browse over 250 artists and architect oral histories.

A list of online guides and bibliographies developed by Ryerson & Burnham librarians to assist research on a variety of art historical and architectural topics, including provenance research, building history, appraisal and preservation resources, Chicago neighborhood research, and the history of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Digital collection catalogs available freely online. Catalogs offer detailed art historical context, provenance history, and scientific analysis of artworks in the Art Institute of Chicago's collections.

Contact Us

Ryerson & Burnham Libraries for reference assistance, library orientation information, questions on interlibrary loan, and questions on library access and services. The following staff can also assist with these types of questions:

Violet Jaffe (x3-3936)

Jenn Smith (x7-7103) for questions on circulation, offsite materials, bulk returns, and scanning requests. The following staff can also assist with these types of questions: 

Abby Adams (x3-3667)


The Art Institute of Chicago Archives

For information on our collections, the history of the Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute, donation proposals, corrections, comments, and general questions, please contact Archives staff at