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The Northwestern University Libraries' collection of 6.7 million volumes and 201 terabytes of unique digital content includes a portfolio of distinguished special collections.

These notable collections include: 

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$29,000,000+in Annual Expenditures

$34,000,000+ including Galter and Law

About University Library

University Library is one of the busiest buildings on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Just inside the front entrance, the John P. McGowan Information Commons offers more than 60 high-end computer workstations for online research, plus oversize plasma screens and smartboards for group work and team projects.

University Library, designed by architect Walter S. Netsch, opened in 1970. It is physically linked to its predecessor, the Charles Deering Library, a campus architectural landmark designed by James Gamble Rogers and opened in 1933. 

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A bustling building:

  • 800,000 visitors each year
  • Open 122 hours each week
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