Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Class Instruction & Visits

Classes at the Loyola Archives and Special Collections

The Loyola Archives and Special Collections serves as a learning lab for Loyola students and others to engage in a hands-on learning experience and develop skills in using primary sources. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in developing instruction sessions and projects for their classes.


  • A minimum of three weeks notice is required in order to prepare for a class visit
  • Faculty members are requested to provide a syllabus when contacting the Archives & Special Collections for a class visit
  • A conultation will be scheduled with the faculty member in order to discuss the class visit and select materials to be used
  • The Special Collections reading room holds twenty seated people comfortably and up to 28 not so comfortably. We recommend that facuty members consider dividing larger classes into separate sessions.
  • Confirmation of requested times depends on availability of staff and space.
  • Every class will receive a standard introduction to Loyola's Archives & Special Collections that includes an overview of the collections, how to conduct research at an archives, and the proper care and handling of materials.
  • Types of class visits that can be done at the Archives & Special Collections include orientation; class discussions, demonstrations, and projects; assignment support; and small group activities.

Planning Process

  • Requests are received
  • Date and time of session is confirmed
  • Meeting with staff is scheduled to discuss visit
  • Faculty member provides staff with all relevant materials relating to visit - syllabus, assignment, etc.
  • Faculty member and staff select materials for class visit