Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections is home to many of the Libraries’ rarest materials: hundreds of thousands of treasures documenting the history of the written and printed word, the graphic arts and images of all kinds. The library contains more than a quarter million printed books and journals — from incunabula to contemporary imprints of all genres, from artists’ books to the latest feminist serials from around the world. The holdings also include manuscripts, archives, broadsides, engravings, photographs, artifacts, ephemera and more.
Visit Special Collections
Deering Library Level 3, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston IL 60208
Call 847-491-3635, fax 847-491-8306 or email Special Collections.
See staff assistance hours on our hours webpage.
See the Collection
Our materials are open to the general public and the entire Northwestern community; no special credentials or permissions is required. Although they do not circulate, materials can be viewed in the Jens Nyholm Reading room.
See guidelines for using our materials.
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Most of our titles are catalogued and can be located on NUsearch. Review some highlights:
Materials from our collection are frequently used in library and University exhibits.
Past exhibits have covered subjects as diverse as printed books from Shakespeare's time to fugitive pamphlets of the 1960s. See all exhibits using our collection.
- Scott Krafft, Curator
- Jason Nargis, Special Collections Librarian
- Sigrid P. Perry, Library Assistant
- Nick Munagian, Research Services Manager
Contact a staff member.