Academic Libraries vs. Public Libraries

Suggestions for Teachers

The University of Chicago Library is an extremely large and complex academic library designed for advanced research. While our Library's large and diverse collections attract faculty and scholars from around the world, the size of our collections and level of the materials often overwhelm and frustrate K-12 students (as well as our undergraduates).  Field trips to conduct research for papers or assignments do not provide enough time for students to become orientated to our collections and successfully find sources for their topics. 

The Chicago Public Library offers programs for school groups and has collections designed for a general audience of all research levels.  There are other advantages to using CPL's services:

For more information about the Chicago Public Library's collections and services, visit their web site. To schedule a program for school groups, use CPL's Ask a Librarian service.