University Archives & Rare Books
Housed on the second floor of Cudahy Library, the University Archives serves as the institutional memory of Loyola University Chicago. Serving all Loyola campuses, the University Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible non-current official University records and ancillary records of enduring historical and legal value. The University Archives actively encourages the use of its holdings by members of the Loyola community and the general public.
The University Archives is also home to the Loyola University Chicago library system's rare book collection, including the Jesuitica collection. Please contact the University Archives for access to and reference services for the rare books collection.
On the third floor of Cudahy Library are the libraries' audiovisual materials, a collection available by-request for use in the classroom by Loyola faculty and in the libraries' individual viewing rooms. These materials include videotapes, videodiscs, multimedia CD ROMS, films, compact discs, audio cassettes, records, and slide sets. For material request forms and detailed polices, please see Audiovisual Services.
The Curriculum Collection is housed on the eighth floor of Lewis Library. The collection consists of award-winning Children's and Young Adult fiction, as well as Children's and Young adult non-fiction books. The collection also contains teacher-edition textbooks and lesson plans, which support the curriculum and research of students in the School of Education. Curriculum Reference materials are kept in the main Reference collection on the sixth floor.
Official Loyola University Chicago theses and dissertations are held by the University Archives and span 1925 (the first year they were required) to the present. Circulating copies of theses and dissertations are held by Lewis Library.
Housed on Stack Deck A of Cudahy Library are the United States federal and Illinois state depository collections. Loyola University has been a designated depository library since 1966, with collection strengths that include federal holdings from the Bureau of the Census, the Departments of Defense, Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services, and both houses of congress. Formats include extensive print and microfiche holdings and a selection of maps and CD-ROMs.
With its home at 820 North Michigan Avenue, the Loyola University Museum of Art, or LUMA, is dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression and attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies. The museum interprets and displays the university's medieval, renaissance and baroque collection, known as the Martin D'Arcy, SJ, Collection, other museum permanent collections and rotating exhibitions.
Available on the eighth floor of Lewis Tower and on the Stack Decks of Cudahy Library, microform materials include older issues of newspapers and some books, journals, government information, ERIC publications, and many historical documents. Microfilm and Microfiche Reader/Printers are available for use in each library. Please ask at the Reference Desk for any needed assistance with microforms.
Women & Leadership Archive
The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership is home to the Women & Leadership Archive (WLA). The WLA collects, preserves, organizes, describes and makes available materials of enduring value to researchers studying women's contributions to society. The collection includes the records and papers of women's organizations and women recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Included in the WLA are the records of Mundelein College, the first self-contained "skyscraper college" for women in the world and the last four-year women's college in Illinois.
Center for Research Libraries
While not located at Loyola, The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries to which Loyola University Chicago belongs. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. These resources are then made available to member institutions cooperatively, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.