Discover Chicago Collections

Welcome back to DePaul students, faculty and staff! Whether you’re new to the city or a life-long resident, our Chicago collections have something for everyone. We’d be happy to help you research a Chicago topic or explore our collections to learn more about Chicago’s people, neighborhoods, and history. Use our Ask a Librarian service to get in touch or stop by the John T. Richardson Library or Loop Library to talk more.

Located on the first floor of the Richardson Library, the Chicago Collection is a curated section of books on Chicagoland history, politics, art, architecture, sociology, and a wide range of other topics. Browse the collection online or visit in-person to find books like:

Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism & Creativity in Chicago by Ayana Contreras

Building a Better Chicago: Race and Community Resistance to Urban Redevelopment by Teresa Irene Gonzales

Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago’s LGBTQ Archives by John D’Emilio

Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification by Mike Amezcua

Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago’s Uptown Community by Helen Shiller

Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution by Vashon Jordan Jr.

You’ll find many other resources on our Chicago Research Guide, including current and historic local newspapers, article databases, statistics and data, government sources, and more. And our Special Collections and Archives includes rich primary source materials on the history of Chicago and the Lincoln Park neighborhood, as well as on DePaul’s institutional history, campus life, and the legacy of faculty, staff and students.

Our friendly library staff are here to help, so be sure to stop by this week to discover our Chicago collections and everything else the library has to offer.

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