Tours for Registrants

The University of Chicago Library will offer free library tours for interested registered attendees at 3pm on Thursday, September 5th. Attendees can sign up for these tours after registration.

The Regenstein and Joe and Rika Mansueto Libraries

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

The Joseph Regenstein Library is home to collections in the humanities, social science, and business, along with the Special Collections Research Center. Completed in 1970, the building was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, in the Brutalist style. Regenstein Library stands on the site of the original Stagg Field, the University's athletic field from 1892 to 1967. The Enrico Fermi Memorial is situated on the west edge of the 12-acre site of the Library. Henry Moore's bronze "Nuclear Energy" marks the spot where Fermi and other scientists achieved the first controlled, self-sustaining, nuclear chain reaction on December 2, 1942.

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, connected to Regenstein Library, opened at the heart of the University of Chicago campus in 2011. It features a soaring elliptical glass dome capping a 180-seat Grand Reading Room, state-of-the-art conservation and digitization laboratories, and an underground high-density automated storage and retrieval system. The Mansueto Library speeds scholarly productivity by allowing for the retrieval of materials within an average time of three minutes through use of robotic cranes. Designed by renowned architect Helmut Jahn, the Mansueto Library has been recognized with a Distinguished Building Citation of Merit by the American Institute of Architects’ Chicago chapter and a Patron of the Year Award by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Media Arts, Data, and Design at the John Crerar Library

4:15-4:45 p.m.

The Media Arts, Data, and Design Center at the University of Chicago opened in early 2019 in the John Crerar Library and is a 20,000-square-foot collaborative space for transdisciplinary inquiry and experimentation. A partnership between UChicago Arts, the Physical Sciences Division, the UChicago Library, and the Division of the Humanities, the Center supports work and research by faculty, students, staff, and community partners with cutting-edge technology. The MADD Center home to a number of University initiatives and activities, including:

The Hack Arts Lab, an open-access digital fabrication, prototyping, and visualization facility; The new Weston Game Lab, offering expanded resources for the study, play, and development of analog, electronic, virtual and online games; An expanded Computer Science Instructional Labs, providing hardware and software for training and education; The Research Computing Center Visualization Lab in the Crerar Library’s Kathleen A. Zar Room, providing new data visualization technology; and, The UChicago Library’s new GIS Hub, enabling geospatial research and learning activities by providing access to geographical information systems software and hardware and an expert GIS and maps librarian who offers consultations and training.

The John Crerar Library is home to collections in the biological, medical, and physical sciences, as well as collections in general science and the philosophy and history of science, medicine, and technology. Opened in 1984, the library resulted from the merger of the John Crerar Library, a library established in Chicago in 1894, with the University of Chicago. The mission of the John Crerar Library is to serve the educational and research aims of the University of Chicago while continuing to honor the spirit of John Crerar by welcoming visitors to use the research collections at the library.