STUDENT RESEARCH HOURS
The reading room is a shared space in which researchers can consult the collections of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Art Institute of Chicago Archives. Access is available by appointment only; walk-ins are not possible.
Reading room capacity is limited. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be confirmed via email by Research Center staff.
Researchers must complete a pre-registration process and submit requests for materials a minimum of one week prior to the appointment. Instructions are provided with the appointment confirmation. If these steps are not completed one week prior to your visit the reservation will be canceled.
Archival research appointments are available Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and may be requested here: Make an Appointment
Library research appointments are available Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and may be requested here: Make an Appointment
SAIC GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATIONS: This fall, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries are offering a series of library orientations for SAIC graduate students. Sessions will introduce students to the collections, discovery tools, services, and staff available in the Libraries to assist with research projects, and will take place onsite in the museum's Franke reading room. Click on the below links to register:
SAIC FACULTY AND STAFF RESEARCH HOURS
The Research Center is open to SAIC faculty and staff by appointment on Mondays:
Faculty and staff may also request appointments during public research hours on Thursdays and Fridays:
You can reach librarians and archivists on the telephone during research hours by calling (312) 443-3666. Archivists are available to assist with your research on Thursdays and Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Librarians are available to assist with your research on Thursdays and Fridays between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Email email@example.com for reference assistance with the archival collections or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reference assistance with the library collections. The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Art Institute of Chicago Archives have a small staff that answers a large volume of inquiries from researchers around the world. You should receive an initial response to your email within six (6) weeks.
We recommend that you consult our research guides and discovery tools in order to make your questions as precise as possible. Our reference services are primarily intended to support researchers who require access to our specialized and unique collections. We are unable to provide in-depth research assistance to remote researchers, and encourage you to make an appointment to consult the materials in our collections.
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.
Input a keyword into the box and click Search to begin searching the online library catalog.
Input a keyword into the search box and then click Search to search through the archival collections.
Unfortunately, resources in the Institutional Archives, including the Imaging Archive, are not yet searchable here; please visit this page for more information.
Ryerson & Burnham Libraries
For information on the museum collections, library collections, and library services, please contact Library staff at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.