Daniel Clowes at the "Comics: Philosophy and Practice" conference at the University of Chicago in 2012. (Photo by Jason Smith)

The University of Chicago Library has acquired the papers of cartoonist Daniel Clowes, Lab’79, giving researchers access to never-before-seen notes and sketches from the acclaimed comic book author. The materials in the collection reveal the start-to-finish artistic process behind three of Clowes’ award-winning graphic novels. Continue reading »

UChicago Library acquires papers of cartoonist Daniel Clowes

Library internships for UChicago Social Sciences Division PhD students

The University of Chicago Library encourages applications for five summer internships for UChicago Social Sciences Division (SSD) PhD students as part of the Graduate Student Affairs “Partner Opportunities” program. Internships are designed to provide experience in alternative careers and to … Continue reading »

Reserve group studies with improved Book a Room system

University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff looking to book a group study can now do so with an improved version of the Library’s Book a Room system. The new version of Book a Room, launched March 26, has a … Continue reading »

2015 Platzman Memorial Fellowships awarded

The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2015 have been awarded to 11 recipients.  Recipients will visit between June-October 2015. Established by bequest of George W. Platzman (1920-2008), Professor in Geophysical Sciences, the research fellowships are named in memory of … Continue reading »


Unearthed from the archives

Yesterday, the Geological Society of London revealed that it had recently unearthed rare and important historical artifact: a first edition copy of a geological map first published in 1815. The map depicts the geology of England, Wales, and portions of Scotland and was created by the influential geologist William Smith. Smith, often referred to as the “Father of English Geology,” was the first to identify the “principle of faunal succession,” the idea that because fossils are layered in the earth one after another in a predictable, linear fashion, different rocks containing similar fossils are similar in age. Continue reading »

Ann Lindsey reconstructs a 16th-century Byzantine binding

Feature Story A rare manuscript is rebound

Most book conservators never have the opportunity to reconstruct a 16th-century Byzantine binding from scratch. For Ann Lindsey, that opportunity came in February, in connection with a major project to digitize all 68 New Testament manuscripts in the Edgar J. Goodspeed Manuscript Collection. Continue reading »

The University of Chicago Library Catalog

Library Catalog improvements

The Library has released a new version of its Library Catalog, offering enhancements and new features to improve your search: Basic and advanced keyword search forms have merged. There is now one tab with keyword searching, with an option to … Continue reading »

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Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication”

The 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication, will be held on May 1, 2015, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library. Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution. … Continue reading »

Alert Winter quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to June 26

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due April 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for spring quarter. As of March 23, all such items will have a new due date of June 26, 2015. No action by borrowers is necessary. Continue reading »

Library spring interim hours, March 21 – 29

Beginning Saturday, March 21, the Library will have reduced building hours at all of its locations for the spring interim. Normal hours resume Monday, March 30. Crerar LibrarySunday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – … Continue reading »

Ex Libris cafe spring interim hours, March 21 – 29

Beginning Saturday, March 21, the Ex Libris Café will have reduced service hours for the spring interim. Regular hours will resume Monday, March 30. Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Saturday – Sunday Closed As always, the seating area and vending machines will … Continue reading »

Martin Riesebrodt

Current: Exhibits Meaning Found in Comparison: An Exhibit in memory of Martin Riesebrodt (1948-2014)

Martin Riesebrodt (1948-2014), professor emeritus at the Divinity School, defended both the possibility of a universal definition of religion and the ability and importance of critical comparisons across religions. See a selection of his works, displayed in an exhibit case in the 4th floor Reading Room of Regenstein Library from March 16 through May 31, 2015. Continue reading »

Postponed: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: University of Chicago Library Edition

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center
On March 28, the University of Chicago Library will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Special Collections Research Center, the subject focus of which is great women in University of Chicago history. Experienced Wikipedia editors and new users alike are welcome to participate. Continue reading »

‘An unbelievable success’: Chicago Unbound reaches a half-million downloads of faculty work

Last Wednesday, someone in Hamburg, Germany, downloaded a paper by Geoffrey R. Stone right around the time someone in Nairobi was accessing a paper by Aziz Huq and someone in Taipei was pulling up a paper by Richard Posner. Law … Continue reading »

Celebrating Pi Day

03/14/15 is National Pi Day and is also the Pi Day of the Century. The John Crerar Library celebrates by highlighting Pi-related items in the library collection and by briefly exploring the history of this irrational number. Continue reading »

Chicago Pride Parade, 1991

Exhibits Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago

From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago’s history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from LGBTQ alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition in Special Collections.

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Writing – Creating Value III: GSA workshop

Tuesday, March 10, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Regenstein Room A-11
This workshop will examine some different techniques for adapting your writing to different audiences. Continue reading »

Extended Library hours March 13 – 15

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week. Mansueto will be open Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these … Continue reading »

D’Angelo Law Library restricted access during exams

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from Friday, March 6 through Saturday, March 14 during the Law School reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member … Continue reading »

Pop-up dissertation writing space opens March 2 on Regenstein’s A Level

A pop-up writing space, Plato’s Cave at the Library, has opened on a pilot basis to Ph.D. students who have participated in one of the Dissertation Write-In programs or Graduate Writing Workshops. Located in Regenstein Library Room A01C (the former … Continue reading »

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Online guides to best practices in fair use

Determining fair use is not often straightforward, but there are a number of tools available to help you, including interactive evaluation tools that walk you through the four factors of fair use, and help you to determine whether your use requires extra permission. Continue reading »

R Statistics: Introductory Tutorial: TECHB@R workshop

Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
The Introductory tutorial to R will give you a broad understanding of the basics of using R and R Studio as well as some programming insight for this mathematical-statistical software. Continue reading »

Uncommon Fund grant winner requests title recommendations for young adult fiction at the Library

The University of Chicago’s Uncommon Fund has generously granted $10,000 to create a young adult fiction section for the Library. This grant will be used to purchase beloved books that shaped students’ experiences before they came to the University. These … Continue reading »

hitchcock and rockefeller

Upcoming Event: “More Than Lore: Women Founders of the University of Chicago”

  You probably recognize some of the men in this photo, but can you identify the woman in the front row? Do you know her name or anything about her? Would you like to? In celebration of Women’s History Month The … Continue reading »

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Celebrate Fair Use Week

The week of February 23-27 is Fair Use Week. In celebration, the University of Chicago Library is sharing information about copyright and fair use. Continue reading »

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Tips for assessing fair use in teaching materials

In celebration of Fair Use Week, the University of Chicago Library is sharing tips for assessing fair use and understanding copyright. In order to determine whether fair use applies to materials being considered for classroom use, instructors should take four … Continue reading »