The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

The Joe and Rika Mansueto 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 3 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.



When It’s Not Possible to Just Buy the Books: Contemporary Collecting and the Moving Target of Digital Formats

Caylin Smith, Head of Digital Preservation at the Cambridge University Library, speaks at Regenstein Library on August 18.


Kikù Hibino creates a paradise of sound—for plants

Hibino, a Japanese bibliographic assistant at the Library, was commissioned to create Fell to Fern, a techno soundscape currently on display at the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Exhibit News

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Documenting and Preserving Black History and Culture in Chicago

How can we connect all who seek to document, share, understand, and preserve Black experiences? Making these connections is the mission of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). Exploring the history of the BMRC is the focus of this exhibition.


Renovations in Regenstein

The Library will build a home for the Center for Digital Scholarship on Regenstein’s 1st Floor. As a step toward creating this new home, construction will soon begin on the A Level and 2nd and 3rd Floors to relocate Library staff and services.