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The Joseph Regenstein Library


The Joseph Regenstein Library is home to over 4.5 million print volumes focusing on subjects in the humanities and social sciences, as well as business, divinity, and area studies.


Regenstein's bookstacks, housing its circulating collections, are located on the 2nd through 5th floors as well as the B Level. The entrance to the stacks is in the west half of the building on the 2nd through 5th floors. The B-Level is entirely bookstacks. Floorplans and call number guides for the bookstacks are posted on each floor to assist you.

Reference Collections

Reference materials for disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are located in the Library's reading rooms on the 1st through 5th floor reading rooms. For a complete list of reference collections, see our Floorplans and call number guides page.

Research Guides

The Library provides research guides about a number of subjects housed in Regenstein, including disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, business, divinity, and area studies. You can view a complete list of research guides by subject.

Current Periodicals and Newspapers

The majority of the Library's current periodicals are shelved in the Periodicals Reading Room, located on the east side of the 2nd floor. Current periodicals for Middle Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies, and South Asian Studies are located with their corresponding reference collections on the 5th floor. The Library also provides access to over 100,000 online periodicals and newspapers.

Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center, located on the 1st floor, is the Library’s home for rare books, archives, and manuscripts, as well as the Chicago Jazz Archive.

Other Collections

  • Microforms Collection: The Library’s microfilm and microfiche are housed on the 3rd floor. Machines for viewing, copying, and scanning microforms are available near the collection.
  • Map Collection: The Map Collection in Room 370 on the 3rd floor holds thousands of maps, aerial photos, atlases, and books. Computers with geographic information system (GIS) software are available to help users create their own maps.
  • Recordings Collection: The Library’s music and spoken word collections, including compact discs, cassettes, and LPs, are held in the Recordings Collection on the 3rd floor.
  • Video/DVDs collection is shelved on the 3rd floor and 2nd floor.
  • K-12 Curriculum Materials Collection (CMC): Located in Room 354 just inside the 3rd floor bookstacks, the CMC is a circulating collection of teaching materials in a variety of formats.
  • Test Collection: Over 5,200 published standardized printed instruments utilized in the fields of education and psychology are located on the 4th floor. The Test Collection may be used by appointment only.

The Joseph Regenstein Library

Using Regenstein Library

1100 East 57th Street Chicago Illinois 60637

Phone Numbers | Floorplans | Hours | Visitor Information


Ask a Librarian | Subject Specialists | Dissertation Office | ComputingID and Privileges Office


Rooms & Equipment

Available ComputersBook a Room | Copy, Print, Scan, & Fax | Locker Rentals | Faculty Studies

Non-Library Areas in Regenstein

History and Architectural Information

University of Chicago Library Administration


Library Directory | Personnel Office