STAFF RESEARCH HOURS
The reading room is open to SAIC faculty and staff by appointment on the following days and times:
Faculty and staff may also request appointments during public research hours if space permits:
The reading room is closed on Mondays.
STUDENT RESEARCH HOURS
The Research Center’s Franke 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 advance appointment only; walk-in appointments are not possible.
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
Reading room capacity is currently limited to 12 researchers per session. Research 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 their request for materials a minimum of one week prior to arrival onsite. Information regarding this process will be provided to researchers along with their appointment confirmation. If these steps are not completed one week prior to your appointment the appointment will be canceled.
Remote reference services and photoduplication services are available for researchers who do not require onsite, in-person access to the collections.
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.
We also welcome email correspondence. For reference assistance with the archival collections, please email email@example.com. For reference assistance with the library collections, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.