Marie Louise Rosenthal Library

Marie Louise Rosenthal Library

Library Reading Room

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. The Library and Archives are not currently accepting visitors. Please check back for updates on the availability of appointments or email

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.

For more detailed travel and parking information, see plan your visit. Visitors with appointments must register with Protection Services at the East 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.

Contact the Library

The Field Museum Library
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60605-2496

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