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Special Collections Public Change Location

Beginning July 29th, we will be closed for an hour lunch break from 12p-1p every day.

The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center reading room is open to all Non-UChicago & UChicago Alumni researchers who wish to consult rare books, manuscripts, or university archives. 

Reading Room Hours are:

9a-4:45p (M, T, Th, F)

10a-4:45p (W)


  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, confirmed by Special Collections staff. 

  • Reservations are required for admittance to the building.  

  • Materials should be requested 1 business day before your appointment. 

If reservations are full, you may add your name to the Reading Room Seats Waitlist.  A Special Collections staff member will contact you if a seat opens up. 

See Reading Room Seats Grid to view seat availability in a grid view.