The Gerber/ Hart Library is a library for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resources; the special collections (open by appointment only) include a remarkable collection of pre-Stonewall periodicals and literature, periodicals and newsletters from around the world, and erotica. Their online catalog is not Internet accessible.
Northwestern students/faculty have reciprocal borrowing privileges at Loyola; for more information on this program, including information on how to activate your reciprocal borrowing privileges, inquire at Northwestern Library’s circulation desk, or go to: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/circulation/privileges/loyola.html . Strengths include religious studies and philosophy.
Materials on Jewish religion and culture, including a vast array of reference materials. The Asher Library's Special Collections include rare books dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Additionally, Special Collections holds the Muriel Yale Collection of Rare & Antique Maps of the Holy Land and the Ottoman Empire, which is one of the largest collections of maps of that region.
The University of Chicago has extremely rich collections; consult their online catalog from the URL above. Northwestern students and faculty may obtain circulating University of Chicago library materials via interlibrary loan, or in person. Northwestern students/faculty have reciprocal borrowing privileges; for more information on this program, including information on how to activate your reciprocal borrowing privileges, inquire at Northwestern Library’s circulation desk, or go to http://www.library.northwestern.edu/circulation/privileges/uofc.html
The University of Chicago houses collections across the humanities and social sciences, with exceptional strengths in South Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East. The Special Collections at the University of Chicago range widely from the middle ages to modern times and cannot be quickly summarized; the Special Collections Department Web site at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/ provides a useful overview. For a list of the archival and manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department, see http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/findaid/mafa.html
Separate from the University of Chicago library system is the Oriental Institute Research Archives and Library http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/library/ with collections on the ancient Near East. Membership in the Oriental Institute is required ($50/year as an individual, $25/year as a student). 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-9537.