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Where scholarly research meets one-of-a-kind collections.

As some of the busiest buildings on campus, the libraries serve more than 900,000 visitors annually. 

They come for immense and varied collections, databases and electronic journals, governmental information and more. University Library ranks 11th in holdings investment among private universities in the United States.

Northwestern University Libraries

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Deering Library
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Northwestern University Main Library
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Northwestern University Library's Core Collection
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Information Commons inside the main library
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Mudd Library for technology and science
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Recent acquisitions area at the main library

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
  • E-books
  • Manuscripts
  • Print journals
  • Electronic journals
  • Audio files
  • Film and video
  • Graphic images
  • Maps and charts
  • Microforms
  • Archives

>6 million

print and electronic volumes in the combined collections

Additional Libraries and Collections

347public computers

+ 16 staffed service locations

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