Visiting the Library

The Main Library is located in a non-public area on The Field Museum’s third floor. Researchers with confirmed appointments may visit the Library Reading Room between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Appointments are required at least 48 hours in advance.  To make an appointment to use the Library's collections, please send an email to: As 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.  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.

For more detailed travel and parking information, see plan your visit. Visitors must register with Protection Services and receive a Visitor Pass to visit the Library. Upon arrival at the museum, please inform the Protection Services Officer that you have an appointment to visit the Library. They will call and a staff member will come downstairs to greet you. Having the reference desk extension (x7887) will expedite this process. If you are only visiting the library, you do not have to pay admission to the museum.

Please note that the Library does not have a photocopier for visitor use. We do have a book-friendly, overhead scanner that takes image captures from book and journals and converts them to PDF's for your research use only. Please bring your own USB drive.