The Research Center

The Research Center’s Franke Reading Room is a shared space in which researchers can consult the collections of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Art Institute of Chicago Archives. The reading room currently is closed. We will open for on-site, in-person research on January 26, 2023. Please note that access is available by advance appointment only; walk-in appointments are not possible. 

The Art Institute’s Research Center brings together the divisions of Academic Engagement and Research, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, and the Art Institute of Chicago Archives to expand access to the museum’s rich educational and research offerings.

General Guidelines

  • Research appointments for the public are available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays,1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 
  • Reading room capacity is currently limited. Research appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be confirmed via email by Research Center staff. 
  • Researchers must complete a pre-registration process and submit their request for materials one week prior to arrival onsite. Information regarding this process will be provided to researchers along with their appointment confirmation. If these steps are not completed one week in advance of the requested date and time, appointments will be canceled.
  • Researchers agree to follow the museum’s safety and security guidelines in addition to established reading room policies.


Use our online tool to book research appointments in the reading room.

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