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To best protect the health and safety of our community, the museum is temporarily closed. Learn more.

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Library Services


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Because the health and safety of the Art Institute of Chicago community is our highest priority, the museum, and subsequently, the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, Archives, and Institutional Archives of the Art Institute of Chicago will remain closed indefinitely due to the escalating impact of COVID-19.

Staff are unable to provide access to our physical collections at this time, though we are continuing to provide reference and interlibrary loan services remotely, making use of our e-resources, to the best of our abilities. Please send questions to


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