Libraries and Research Facilities

Learn about the world-class resources available to Northwestern students and faculty below.


Northwestern University (NU) maintains an extensive library system to support its programs of study and research. This system includes the University Library and a number of special libraries on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. The library holdings constitute a collection of approximately 4.3 million volumes, 4.2 million microfilms, and over 39,000 currently received journals and other serial publications. Special libraries primarily serve the schools or departments they are associated with and are open to all Northwestern students. The Northwestern University library system ranks tenth among the nation's private universities due to its quality and extent of holdings.

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Research Facilities

University research centers embody NU’s interdisciplinary culture, providing a vehicle or forum for faculty and students from different departments and schools to interact and conduct multidisciplinary research.
Northwestern supports more than two dozen University research centers, 90 school-based centers, and three research centers at medical affiliates. Centers focus on many different departments and topics, including applications of nanotechnology, sleep cycles, international affairs, and African studies.  Many centers offer research positions, fellowships, and Master's degree programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Office for Research website has a complete list of all centers and programs with links to their websites.