SAIC Libraries

For more details, visit our Libraries and Special Collections website.

John M. Flaxman Library and Special Collections
(Including the Film Study Collection, Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection, and Randolph Street Gallery Archives)
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th–6th floors
312.899.5097
flaxman.refdesk@saic.edu

Fashion Resource Center
Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 735
312.899.5169

Roger Brown Study Collection
1926 N. Halsted St.
773.929.2452

Video Data Bank
MacLean Center, 112 N. Michigan Ave., room 310
312.345.3550
info@vdb.org

Libraries In Chicago

Chicago Public Libraries
Chicago Public Libraries are located in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. All that you need to apply for a library card is a photo ID and proof that you reside in Chicago.

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
312.747.4300
As the flagship library of the Chicago Public Library system, the Harold Washington Library Center is enormous. Ten stories high and taking up an entire city block, the library is packed with everything from books and periodicals to art, music, film, and video (rentals cost just $1.). The building also houses a restaurant, a 400-seat theater, and a winter garden.

Woodson Regional Library
9525 S. Halsted St.
312.747.6900
Part of the Chicago Public Library system, Woodson has an excellent African-American resource collection.

Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
312.943.9090
The Newberry Library is a private research library specializing in the history of humanities, printmaking, typography, book conservation, and much more. Contact their reference desk before you go because you must present a research topic relevant to their collections before gaining access to the collections.