As some of the busiest buildings on campus, the libraries serve over 1 million visitors annually.
They come for immense and varied collections, databases and electronic journals, governmental information and more. Northwestern’s Libraries rank 12th among private universities in the United States.
Northwestern University Libraries
The libraries' holdings include extensive backfiles of newspapers and periodicals, scientific documents, medieval manuscripts and the full text of every book, pamphlet or broadside published in the United States between 1639 and 1829.
All library resources are available to anyone in the Northwestern community.
- Collected holdings:
- Printed books
- Print journals
- Electronic journals
- Audio files
- Film and video
- Graphic images
- Maps and charts
print and electronic volumes in the combined collections
Additional Libraries and Collections
+ 16 staffed service locations
Access library materials, electronic resources and course reserves 24/7.
Brick and Mortar
The University Library is open an average of 122 hours per week.