Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Hours and FAQ'S


Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections
Cudahy Library room 217, Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

To get to the Loyola Archives & Special Collections by public transportation:

By 'L Train

Take the Red Line to the Loyola stop. Cross Sheridan at Loyola Avenue and enter the campus. Walk east towards Lake Michigan until you see the Information Commons. Enter Cudahy Library through the Information Commons.

By Bus

Bus routes 147 and 151 stop at the Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park. Exit the bus at Kenmore & Sheridan, enter campus and walk to the Information Commons. Enter Cudahy Library through the Information Commons.


In-person access to the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is By Appointment Only

In-person research appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance, not including weekends.

Loyola students, staff, faculty and classes have priority.


Fall 2022

Monday - Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM, Last Appointment is 3PM

Friday: Remote Reference Only

Please check the  Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections Calendar for updates on classes, events, and closures.



  • Are appointments required?

    Yes. In-person access to the Archives & Special Collections is By Appointment Only. Due to limited staff, in-person research appointments are prioritized for current Loyola students, staff, faculty, and classes.

    To request a research appointment, please use the Ask the Archivist form.

    • Research appointments must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance, excluding weekends. 
    • A list of archival collections and boxes requested/list of rare book call numbers must be provided 48 hours in advance of research appointments, excluding weekends.
    • No additional boxes or books will be pulled during your visit. 
  • What is in the Loyola Archives & Special Collections?

    The collections include University records, Samuel Insull, Chicago history, Catholic history, political cartoons, faculty, staff, and alumni papers, photograph collections, Edward Gorey collection, yearbooks, course catalogs, student newspapers, departmental newsletters, and the Congressional papers of Dan Rostenkowski and Henry J. Hyde. The Rare Book Collection holds approximately 22,000 volumes with over 15 languages. Highlights include Jesuitica, British and American History, British and American literature, poetry, drama, and theology. 
  • Who can use the Archives?

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public are welcome to use the collections at the Loyola Archives & Special Collections. Priority is given to current Loyola classes, students, staff, and faculty. All researchers must abide by the reading room rules as well as University Libraries and campus policies. 

  • What are the reading room rules?

    Use only a pencil while working with materials; no food or drink in the reading room; signing the daily log upon arrival; and filling out a researcher registration form are some of the reading room rules.  
  • Can I request photocopies/scans of materials?

    You can request photocopies/scans of materials you use at the Archives. The Archives reserves the right to limit the number of copies/scans made or to refuse to copy/scan an item if such copying/scanning will infringe upon copyright or damage the material. Copies/scans of entire books or archival collections are not permitted.
    Photocopies: $0.25/page
    High-res scans: $20.00/image 
  • Can I use a digital camera or scanner to make copies of materials in the Archives?

    Researchers wishing to use a digital camera must request permission from the archivist prior to arrival at the archives. The decision to allow the use of a digital camera in the archives is made on a case by case basis. No flash photography is permitted. The Archives reserves the right to restrict or deny the use of digital cameras. Scanners are not allowed.