Brenda Johnson named Library Director and University Librarian

Brenda L. Johnson, an internationally respected leader in the field of library science, has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian, Provost Eric Isaacs announced October 16. Her five-year term begins January 1, 2015. Continue reading »

Brenda Johnson named Library Director and University Librarian

Alert New Catalog launched, BorrowDirect restored

The University of Chicago Library has launched its new Library Catalog, and most Library services that were temporarily interrupted during the transition period are now restored. Borrow Direct is not yet available. As of today, Lens and the previous Catalog are retired. Continue reading »

UChicago News: Exhibit provides intimate view of UChicago researchers in Mexico

New exhibit at Special Collections unearths UChicago’s research in Mexico
UChicago News – August 18, 2014 Continue reading »

Librarian teaching a class

Workshop: The Library for Instructors and TAs

You may use the Library’s resources for your research, but do you know how the Library supports teaching?  Attend our new workshop and learn about the Library services available to you as an instructor or TA for a course, including: … Continue reading »

Map of Europe in 1914

August 1914: The Eastern Front

This two-case exhibit, which attempts to place countries “on the map” as they were at the start of the Great War in August 1914, runs from August 1 – December 31, 2014 in Regenstein Library, Second Floor Reading Room. Continue reading »

Charles Payne

People Charles T. Payne, leader in library automation, 1925–2014

Charles T. Payne, former Assistant Director for Systems, used the skills he developed as an engineer at the University of Chicago Library to pioneer the library automation process. He died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on August 1 at the age of … Continue reading »

Chicago Tribune: Charles Payne was ‘innovative librarian’

Obama’s great-uncle, innovative librarian
Chicago Tribune – August 13, 2014 Continue reading »

Sun-Times: Charles Payne was ‘leader in early library automation’

Charles Payne was WWII vet, U of C library official
Chicago Sun-Times – August 11, 2014 Continue reading »

A youthful Robert M. Hutchins in 1929

Robert Maynard Hutchins Papers available for research

The Robert Maynard Hutchins Papers are now available for research. This collection is distinct from the Office of the President, Hutchins Administration Records, and includes material pertaining to Hutchins’ research, writing, and speaking; material relevant to his professional activities; correspondence; … Continue reading »

The University of Chicago Library ranked # 1 by Princeton Review

The University of Chicago was named as having the “Best College Library” in Princeton Review’s annual rankings of colleges and universities. In the 2015 list of “Best 379 Colleges,” released August 4, Chicago ranked #1 for “Best College Library” and … Continue reading »

USA Today: Princeton Review finds UChicago has ‘best college library’

Princeton Review finds UChicago has best college library
USA Today – August 4, 2014 Continue reading »

Harris & Edelstein, En Guerre

En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I

Exhibition Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Dates: October 14, 2014 – January 2, 2015
On the centenary of the Great War’s commencement, “En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I” explores the conflict through French graphic illustration of the period. Continue reading »

New printing service coming to libraries and residence halls in August

07/31/14 update: The transition to the new printing service has been rescheduled to begin the week of August 11. See below for further information. In early August, a new printing service will be rolled out to campus libraries and residence … Continue reading »

Redfield family

Exhibits Feature Story Scholarship as a living process

“Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014″ is on display in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery through October 4. Co-curator Seonaid Valiant, UChicago History Ph.D. Candidate 2014, explains how her dissertation research and other academic experiences relate to the exhibition. Continue reading »

UChicago Magazine: Mystery inside Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ finds an answer

Margin call
The University of Chicago Magazine – July–August 2014 Continue reading »

Alert Retrieving books during replacement of Regenstein B Level flooring

Beginning the week of July 21, the Library will replace cracked and worn floor tile throughout the Regenstein B Level bookstacks. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and will involve noise and dust … Continue reading »

Lyonette Louis-Jacques receives award for her outstanding service to AALL’s Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section

This past weekend many of D’Angelo’s librarians were away at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. A great conference made even better by a (surprise!) award to our own Lyonette Louis-Jacques. The Foreign, Comparative … Continue reading »

Alert Library service interruptions begin July 15

The University of Chicago Library will begin implementing its new Library Catalog and new library management system, Kuali OLE, on August 1 at 5 p.m. From July 15 to mid-August, UChicago patrons will be able to search the current Library Catalog and Lens, check out materials, and place Scan & Deliver and online purchase requests, but some services will be interrupted, delayed, or delivered in different ways. Continue reading »

Crystara being lowered

Hanging sculpture Crystara temporarily removed from Crerar Library atrium

For the next several weeks, visitors to Crerar may find that the main lobby feels a little emptier than usual. For the past 30 years, visitors to Crerar have walked under Crystara, a 30’ long aluminum and Waterford crystal sculpture … Continue reading »

Chicago Tonight: Mansueto Library featured in 3rd edition of ‘AIA Guide to Chicago’

The Latest ‘AIA Guide to Chicago’
Chicago Tonight – July 8, 2014 Continue reading »

Alert Act now to transfer My Lists and My Discoveries from the current Catalog and Lens

The new Library Catalog, currently in beta testing, is scheduled to go into production in early August. At that point, the current Library Catalog and Lens will be retired. We encourage you to act now if you want to save lists stored using My Lists in the Catalog or My Discoveries in Lens . Continue reading »

Friday, July 4: all libraries closed

In observance of the University holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4. Regular summer hours will resume on Saturday, July 5. For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see

John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize winners announced

Congratulations to Elle Sullivan, Michael Begun and Sydney Reitz, the winners of the 2014 John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students. Continue reading »

Crerar Library roof update #2: Lobby and first floor furniture removal

Starting on July 2, the next steps in the Crerar Roof replacement will begin with the removal of the lobby furniture, including the benches, chairs, and display cases, as well as the tables on the east side of the first floor … Continue reading »

Curbed Chicago: Mansueto Library ‘one of Chicago’s most important pieces of new architecture’

Watch Helmut Jahn explain his design for U of C’s Mansueto Library
Curbed Chicago – June 20, 2014 Continue reading »

Jahn Video

Video: ‘Helmut Jahn on the Ethos of Mansueto Library’

In a recently released video, architect Helmut Jahn explains how his aesthetic choices for the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library reflect the University of Chicago’s guiding ideals.