Marie Louise Rosenthal Library

Marie Louise Rosenthal Library

Library Reading Room

Please note: the Library and its services will be closed to both internal and external visitors from December 20 through January 3. We look forward to serving you in the new year! 

The Marie Louise Rosenthal Library serves Museum staff, visiting scholars, and the public. The Main Library is located in a non-public area on the Field Museum's third floor. Visitors must request an appointment for Tuesday–Friday from 1 to 4PM and at least 48 hours in advance by emailing

As the Library's collections do circulate in the museum among staff, it is essential that you check our online catalog and submit a list of titles you wish to view before visiting the Library. Please check our online catalog to begin your research and view the Library's particular holdings. All collections are located in closed stacks. Visitors must submit a request for material to the staff member on duty for retrieval and use in the Reading Room.

Due to the importance of the items brought here, the Reading Room is equipped with security cameras. Please refer to specific policies for using materials from the Rare Book Room and the Museum Archives.

Visitors with appointments must register with Protection Services at the West Entrance and receive a Visitor Pass to visit the Library. Protection Services will notify the Reference Desk (x7887) and a library staff member will escort visitors to the Library. If you are only visiting the library, you do not have to pay admission to the museum. Find more detailed travel information, refer to our directions and parking page

Contact the Library

The Field Museum Library
1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605-2496

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