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Plan a Visit

Registration and use


The Charles Deering McCormick Library is open to the public and its collections are non-circulating. In order to view collection materials in-person, all patrons must first register and create a user account. 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 also be required to show ID to enter the library building


For optimal service, appointments are encouraged prior to using the collections. To set up an appointment contact us directly at 

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.


The McCormick Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For detailed information on holidays and other special closures, visit the main hours page.


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