Oak Grove Library Center

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Completed in Fall 2011, the Oak Grove Library Center is a state-of-the-art climate- and temperature-con­trolled high density shelving facility that has capacity to house up to 1.9 million items in 12,000 square feet of space. Collections at the Oak Grove Library Center (OGLC) include low-use general materials, many with online equivalents, from Northwestern University Library and the Galter Health Sciences Library, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.  Oak Grove provides a safe, secure environment for these materials.

Beginning in Fall 2013, Northwestern University Library is undertaking a major shift of collections from the stacks of University and Deering libraries to OGLC.  Print materials that are not heavily used at the present time are being transferred in order to address acute space constraints.  The most frequently used print materials will remain in the Evanston and Chicago libraries.

The relocation of some general collection materials to the Oak Grove Library Center will enable the NU libraries to relieve overcrowding of shelves in the libraries, to provide flexibility for more study and collaboration spaces, and to make room for incoming new printed materials.   University Library adds more than 50,000 print volumes to its collection each year, and this acquisition rate is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.  On-campus libraries will continue to house unique items and important collections regularly browsed by researchers and students.

All items shelved at OGLC are available to the Northwestern community via NUsearch, the online catalog.  Some texts can be scanned and emailed to the requester.  For additional information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below.  

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hitchcock at 847-467-4586 or at e-hitchcock@northwestern.edu.