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Plan a Visit

Registration and use

The Charles Deering McCormick Library is open to the public and our collections are non-circulating. In order to view collection materials in-person, all patrons must first register and create a user account in the McCormick Library Request System . Use your account to request materials through the online catalog and to keep a record of your transactions. 

Once you arrive at the McCormick Library,  check in at the service desk and present a valid government-issued photo identification. Guests from outside the Northwestern community will be required to make an appointment prior to arriving and to show ID to enter the library building.

To set up an appointment contact us directly at 

You may also email us at if you would like to request a remote reference session via Zoom. You will be able to view materials virtually through our document camera, assisted by a staff member.

See our policies and procedures page for detailed information.

Location and visitor resources

The McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives is located in Deering Library, level 3. To navigate there via GPS, use the address below.

Deering Library
1937 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL  60208

If you're visiting from out of town, see the out-of-town visitor page for detailed information on parking, lodging options, and area resources.

To request reproductions of materials, please see our Research & Instruction page.


It is Northwestern University Libraries' policy to make all collections and services available to users with disabilities. See our accessibility services page for more information, and please contact us with any questions or concerns.