Visitor Information

Design by Kwong Von Glinow

Locations and Hours

Main Collections 
37 S. Wabash Ave., 6th floor 
Chicago, IL 60603 

Flaxman Library (Sharp Building, 5th and 6th floors) 
Fall and Spring Semester 
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. 
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 
Sunday: Closed 

Thanksgiving break: 
Wednesday, 11/22: closing early 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 
Thursday - Sunday, 11/23–11/26: Closed 

Winter Break Closed (12/19/2023 – 1/1/2024) 

Winter Interim Semester (1/2/2024 – 1/24/2024) 
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 
Saturday–Sunday: Closed 

Library Special Collections 
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection and Archives + Other Collections 
37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th floor 
Chicago, IL 60603 

Library Special Collections (Sharp Building, room 503) 
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (only for scheduled class visits) 
Sunday: Closed

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, 11/22: closing early 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Thursday–Sunday, 11/23-11/26: Closed 

Critique Week:
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (only for scheduled class visits) 
Sunday: Closed

Winter Break Closed (12/19/2023 – 1/1/2024) 

SAIC Community

Flaxman Library is open to SAIC students, faculty, staff, and alumni without an appointment. Visiting the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection & Archives still requires an appointment. Please email to schedule an appointment.

General Public/I-Share Members

If you are not a member of the SAIC community, including I-Share members, you must email for the Main Collections or for the Library Special Collections (artists’ books and archives). In your email please include the reason for your visit and your preferred dates and times. Scheduled visits are set based on staff availability. You must email at least 24 hours in advance. We will respond Monday through Friday.

Study and Equipment Spaces

When visiting the Main Collections, there are a few study or equipment spaces you can choose from (none of which are private) and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in our study rooms, please review our policy page for more information.

  • Study Desks
  • Blue Armchairs
  • iMac Stations (please note: there is no Adobe software on the iMacs)
  • Video Playback Stations
  • Bookeye Scanner

Just Need to Print or Scan?

We have one color printer and two black and white printers on the 6th floor. An additional color printer and black and white printer are on the 5th floor.

Just Need to Return Library Materials?

You can return items directly to the library when we are open or by using the metal book and media drop boxes in the Sharp lobby any time the building is open.