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University Library

Main library space
The University Library, designed by architect Walter Netsch, has served as the main Evanston campus library since 1970. With approximately 800,000 visitors annually, the Main Library is one of the busiest buildings on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Collections and services

University Library contains the bulk of the Library’s holdings and houses several notable departments, collections, and services including:

Library architecture

For more information about architect, Walter Netsch, visit our Walter Netsch website featuring an online bibliography, biography, chronology, images and links to more information about Netsch and his work. Copies of the book, Walter A. Netsch, FAIA: A Critical Appreciation and Sourcebook, are held in the Northwestern University Libraries collection and available for purchase through the Northwestern University Press.

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