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Visiting the Herskovits Library: Getting Started

Planning Your Visit to the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies

Map of Africa - 1777Here are some helpful guidelines and resources to help you maximize your time as you plan your visit to the Herskovits Library.

Please contact us in advance of a planned visit. Email is best:

It will be helpful to let us know when you plan to visit (the specific dates, so that we can help your registration process with the library's security desk) as well as what your area of interest is. As you discover specific materials you wish to examine, please send that information to us as before your visit well. (See "Requesting Materials to be Pulled Before You Arrive")

The more we know about you and your research project beforehand, the better and more efficiently we can help you while you are here.

Getting to the Library

Northwestern University's visitor's information page contains links to resources on getting to campus, including by public transportation and by car (including parking information).

The address for the Main Library is:

1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2300

If you follow the Driving to Campus directions and park in the garage next to the Segal Visitors Center, the Main Library is a short walk north.

Walk from Garage to Library

Entering the Library

Anyone without a Northwestern affiliate ID must register in order to enter the library. As part of the registration process, these individuals must present one of these pieces of photo identification: driver’s license, state ID card, passport, or military ID.  Registered patrons will be given a barcode to use to enter the building which will expire at the end of the day’s public hours.

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Information from the Northwestern Library Website

Subject Guide

Esmeralda Kale
(847) 491-7684
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, Il 60208
Website / Blog Page

Research and Media Assistant

Gene Kannenberg Jr.
Herskovits Library of African Studies
Level 5, East Tower
Main Library
1970 N. Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208