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Exhibits “Seward’s Folly” – “Walrussia” – “The New National Ice House”: In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, 1867-2017

Why did Russia sell Alaska? Why did the United States purchase it? And what was the reaction of the American public and press to this purchase, so soon after the end of the Civil War? A one-case exhibit on the Second Floor of Regenstein Library, runs April 24 – August 1, 2017. Continue reading »

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Exhibits Witness: Holocaust Memorial Books

An exhibit in one case that highlights the Library’s collection of yizkor books, Holocaust memorial volumes, of European Jewish communities destroyed by the Nazi regime in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), which begins at sundown on April 23, 2017. On display April 21 through April 30, 2017, in the Fourth Floor Reading Room of the Regenstein Library. Continue reading »

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New Graduate Career Development Resources Collection

This new collection is a collaboration between UChicagoGRAD and the Library and is made possible through the generous support of Danette (Dani) Gentile Kauffman, who works with UChicagoGRAD to provide career workshops, and Diane Adams, a member of the Visiting Committee to the Library. Continue reading »


Exhibits They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy – new web exhibit

An archived web exhibit of the 2005 Crerar exhibit They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy is now available. Continue reading »

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Exhibits Resources for the study of the use of gas by the Nazis to murder

A two-case exhibit that highlights some of the resources available at the University of Chicago Library for the study of Nazi atrocities during World War II. On display April 12 through April 30, 2017, in the 4th floor Reading Room of the Regenstein Library. Continue reading »

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University to create computer and data science hub in John Crerar Library

Renovations beginning this spring will provide a vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. Included as well are renovated library spaces to provide a range of research services … Continue reading »

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Throwback Thursday: The Law Library on the cusp of the Digital Age

There’s a hand-drawn map of the law library’s second-floor Reading Room that harkens back to a barely digital age—a time when card catalogs and bound volumes of Shepard’s Citations took center stage and the latest technology included a dedicated Lexis … Continue reading »

Watch Dr. Ada Palmer discuss a Renaissance astronomy text in Special Collections

Dr. Ada Palmer, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago, went live on Facebook to teach viewers about a Renaissance astronomy text in the Special Collections Research Center. The book, a 1605 … Continue reading »

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14 scholars awarded Platzman fellowships in Special Collections

Sixteen visiting scholars have been awarded Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2017.  The Platzman Fellowships support visiting researchers whose work requires on-site consultation of Special Collections, with priority given to beginning scholars. This year’s Platzman Fellowship winners are drawn … Continue reading »

Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “Open Data: Science, Health, Community”

The 5th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, Open Data: Science, Health, Community, will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library. Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed.   Some … Continue reading »

The Kathleen A. Zar GIS & Story Maps Prize

Zar GIS & Story Maps Prize for College Students

The Kathleen A. Zar GIS & Story Maps Prize for College students is now accepting submissions. First prize is $1500. Second prize is $500. Third prize is $300. The deadline for submission is April 20, 2017. The prize acknowledges the ability … Continue reading »

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Crerar’s 2nd and 3rd floors close for renovations

Starting Monday, March 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of Crerar Library will be inaccessible to Library users due to the start of renovations. Continue reading »

A Poetry Reading with Harmony Holiday

Harmony Holiday will read her poetry on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Regenstein Library Room 122. She is the author of “Negro League Baseball,” “Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues” and most recently “Hollywood Forever.” Continue reading »

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Exhibits Tensions in Renaissance Cities

Renaissance cities used art and literature to express their growing pains. This exhibit charts the tensions of capitals from Venice to Mexico City as they looked eastward, westward, backward toward antiquity, or upward to the celestial geographies offered by magic, science, and theology. On view March 27-June 9. Continue reading »

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Spatial Data & GIS Workshops

This spring Resident Librarian for GIS Taylor Hixson is hosting three introductory workshops about spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS). Continue reading »

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Extended All Night Study Hours Mar. 10 – 12

To support students preparing for finals, the Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will remain open Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 after the building closes at 11 p.m. The all-night study space will thus be open 24 hours … Continue reading »

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New research guide for finding maps

Consulting maps is often a crucial part of primary source research, but knowing how and where to locate the right maps for research can prove challenging. The Library’s new research guide for finding maps can help demystify that process Continue reading »

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New app lets users check out Library materials with their phones

Checkout UChicago allows students, faculty members, staff, and others with borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago Library to scan an item’s barcode with their phone and instantly check it out to their Library account. Continue reading »

Tips for Fair Use Week

Fair use is crucial for academia. Learn the four factors of fair use and more. Continue reading »

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Call for proposals – Zar Symposium 2017

Proposals are invited for presentations that provide insight into open data projects and initiatives, whether established or newly created, which have an impact on science, health, or community. The deadline for submission is March 8. Continue reading »

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Join us for Love Your Data week, Feb. 12-17

Learn more about loving your data with events held at the John Crerar Library and on social media. We will share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices. Continue reading »

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Help the Library improve services for College students by taking survey

Undergraduates, please check your email for a message from the University of Chicago Library with your individualized link to the survey. Continue reading »

Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination

President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. We have updated our Supreme Court Research Guide with links to background information about Judge Gorsuch, official documents from the nomination process, and … Continue reading »

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Hidden treasures: Law Library unearths original letter from Marshall to Washington—and more

An unexpected discovery in the D’Angelo Law Library unearthed an original 1789 letter from Marshall to Washington—and more. Continue reading »

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Mansueto Library 360° video

Explore the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, get a robot’s-eye view of the automated storage and retrieval system, and see preservation experts at work in the Conservation and Digitization laboratories. Continue reading »