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Plan a Visit

Making an appointment

The Charles Deering McCormick Library's collections are non-circulating. For Winter 2021, use of the collections is by appointment only. To set up an appointment contact us directly at  

After making an appointment, patrons must register and create a user account in the McCormick Library Request System to request materials. Use your account to request material through the online catalog and to keep a record of your transactions.

When you have an appointment, you will check in at the University (Main) Library Welcome Desk, with your WildCARD or government-issued ID. See our policies and procedures page for detailed information.

All library users must follow the University Return to Campus Policy, including showing your Symptom Tracker badge before entering the building, wearing a mask at all times, and maintaining social distancing. By registering for this reservation, you agree to follow campus and library policies.

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

Location and visitor resources

The McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives is located in Deering Library, level 3. Enter through University (Main) Library and a staff member will meet you for your appointment.

To navigate there via GPS, use the following address:

University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

For Winter 2021, the McCormick Library is open only to current Northwestern faculty, students, and staff according to University Policy.


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.