Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Hours and FAQ'S


Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections
Cudahy Library room 218, Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

To get to the Archives by public transportation:

By 'L:

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.


Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m.

The University Archives and Special Collections, including the Congressional Archives, are closed on Federal and University holidays.

Appointments are strongly recommended, and are required for the Congressional Archives, in order to ensure staff and space availability. Appointments are available from 8–11 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.

Closure updates are posted on the University Archives News page.


  • Where is the Congressional Archives located?

    Congressional Archives
    Information Commons room 302, Lake Shore Campus
    1032 W. Sheridan Road
    Chicago, IL 60660


  • Are appointments required?

    Due to limited staff and space, appointments to use all collections are required. Walk-in questions will be accepted only if staff and space are available. Researchers planning a long-term project at the archives are advised to contact the University Archivist as soon as the specific dates for the project are known so that arrangements can be made to ensure staff and space availability.

    When making an appointment please provide information about your topic and which archival collections you are interested in, if known. For rare book appointments please provide the call number of the volumes needed.


  • What is in the Archives?

    The Archives collections contain University records as well as papers and records of individuals and organizations not related to Loyola University Chicago. In addition, the department is home to the rare book collection. University records date from the establishment of St. Ignatius College in 1870 and include records of offices, departments, and schools; photographs of campuses, buildings, events, and people; and publications, including yearbooks, catalogs, and student newspapers. The Congressional Archives holds the papers of former Congressmen Henry Hyde and Dan Rostenkowski.


  • Who can use the Archives?

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public are welcome to use the collections of the Archives and Special Collections department. All researchers must abide by the reading room rules.


  • 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. More information is provided upon arrival at the Archives.


  • 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 made.
    • Photocopies: $0.25 per copy
    • Scans: $20.00 per image


  • Can I use a digital camera or scanner to make copies of materials in the Archives?

    Scanners are not allowed at 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. Digital cameras must be used without the flash. The Archives reserves the right to restrict or deny the use of digital cameras.