Donnelley and Lee Library at Lake Forest


Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 North Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL

  • Search the catalog
  • AHPL has an extensive audio visual collection.
  • To check out up to 6 items including 2 non-print, you must have a local, public library card and a picture ID.

Art Institute of Chicago
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • An Infopass is required to use the library (see Reference Desk at Donnelley and Lee Library)
  • Most materials must be requested for viewing using a “call slip.”
  • Use the Ryerson Online Catalog to determine which items you want to request and to get their call numbers.
  • Materials kept in the Reading Room on open shelves that may be used freely include: Books with OPEN SHELF or INDEXES as a Location; current issues of periodicals identified by the Location DISPLAY SHELVES
  • Search for provenance by painter or sculptor

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
John M. Flaxman Library
6th floor, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago
Directions (one block north and one block west of the Art Institute)

  • Search the catalog.  I-Share library; Lake Forest College students and faculty may check books out here (College ID required).
  • The library has many specialized databases.
  • Specialized collections in video and film and fashion.

Center For Research Libraries (CRL)
6050 South Kenwood Avenue, Chicago


  • Search the catalog.  Request items via ILLiad and allow 4 working days for them to arrive at Donnelley and Lee Library.
  • Items may be viewed in the CRL Reading Room, but must be requested 2 days in advance.

Chicago History Museum
Clark Street at North Avenue, Chicago
Research Center hours (which differ from the Museum hours)

Chicago Public Library (Harold Washington Library Center)
400 South State Street, Chicago
Hours and branch locations

  • Search the catalog.  
  • List of databases
  • Municipal Reference Desk (questions about the city of Chicago): 312-747-4526
  • Financial and business information is available on the 4th floor. 312-747-4400
  • Government Documents are on the 5th floor. 312-747-4500
    CPL holds 100% of government documents.
  • If you have a card from any local Reciprocal Borrowing Library (including Lake Forest College) and one other piece of identification, you may obtain a Chicago Public Library card with which you may check out books.

Chicago State University
Douglas Library
9501 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago

  • Search the catalog. I-Share library; Lake Forest College students and faculty may check books out here (College ID required).
  • Extensive collection of government documents

College of Lake County
John C. Murphy Memorial Library
19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, IL
Location and maps

Columbia College Library
624 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Search the catalog. I-Share library; Lake Forest College students and faculty may check books out here (College ID required).

DePaul University Libraries
Locations & phone numbers

  • Search the catalog. I-Share library; Lake Forest College students and faculty may check books out here (College ID required).

Evanston Public Library
Main library: 847-866-0300
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL
Locations, hours, and maps  

  • EPL has archives of old print issues of popular magazines

Lake Forest Academy Library
1500 West Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest (public) Library
360 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL

  • Lake Forest College students can check out books and videos from the public Lake Forest Library with a Lake Forest College ID card.
  • Note that no materials may be checked out from the public Library after April 1st until the new fall semester begins.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Chicago Federal Records Center
7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago

  • retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, from 1800 to the 1990s  

National-Louis University Library
1-800-443-5522 x3376
Hours & locations

  • Search the catalog. I-Share library; Lake Forest College students and faculty may check books out here (College ID required).
  • collection of education journals and some archives of popular journals on microfilm

Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street, Chicago
Directions and map

When you arrive at the Newberry:

  • you will need to put any outer garments, umbrellas, newspapers, food, briefcases, backpacks, large handbags, and other personal belongings in a locker on the 1st floor. (You need a quarter to rent a locker, but your quarter is refunded when you leave.)
  • You can bring in some notes, pens/pencils, digital camera, and a laptop. (See their Digital Camera and other Reading Room Policies.)
  • You might also want to bring a sweater— sometimes the reading rooms are a bit chilly.
  • You will need to go to the 3rd floor to get your library card— bring a valid photo ID with a current address (driver’s license is perfect) in order to get a 1-year card.
  • Readers must be at least 16 years old or a junior in high
  • Research topics supported by the Newberry collections include Genealogy, Local History, and Western Americana.   

Northwestern University Library
1935 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
Maps and directions
Library building maps

via Metra:

  1. take the Metra/Union Pacific North Line from Kenosha
  2. get off at Davis Street, Evanston
  3. make a left, heading east onto Davis Strett
  4. walk 3 blocks to Chicago Avenue and turn left (north)
  5. walk up Chicago Avenue to the campus and the library
  • All first-time visitors must register with a government-issued photo identification.  On subsequent visits, you will not need to re-register, but you will need one of these forms of identification.
  • 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
  • Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm and Saturday 8:30am-noon: The library is open to the public.  To use the library at other times you will need to visit the Donnelley and Lee Library first and ask for an Infopass.
  • To use online resources, go to the Information Desk with the barcode you were issued upon entry and ask for a guest NetID.
    This one-day pass will allow you to use all public computers except those in the Information Commons.
  • Purchase a copy card at the library to make copies or print.

See also:  Building Access and Guest NetID’s and Wireless Access

Poplar Creek Library
490 South Bartlett Road, Streamwood, IL

  • Government Documents

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Boxer University Library
3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL

Via car:

  1. From the Lake Forest College Campus, head West on Deerpath for 1 mile to Green Bay Road (first stop light past town).
  2. Turning right onto Green Bay, head North for 4 miles (cross 176 at 3 miles).
  3. Passing the front of the campus, turn into the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science at the second set of purple signs to the North entrance.
  • Be sure to do all online research before going to the Rosalind Franklin Library. The computers there are password protected.
  • Enter via the North entrance. The security guard will buzz you in after which you will need to sign-in using Lake Forest College as your “designation.”
  • Purchase a Smart Card from the machine to your right ($2 for the card + 8 copies; 17 copies per dollar thereafter). The machine is opposite the circulation desk.

Schaumburg Township District Library
Central library: 130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL  

  • large business & careers collection

University of Chicago Libraries
Regenstein: 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago
Crerar Science Library: 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Campus map and parking locations (free after 4pm and weekends)

  • A courtesy library card is available at the Reference Desk of Donnelley & Lee Library to gain access to the University of Chicago Libraries and check out materials.
  • Alternately, you may get an Infopass to gain access to the library, but you will not be able to check out their materials.

See also: Access & Privileges (773-702-8782)

University of Illinois at Chicago
Daley Library: 801 South Morgan, Chicago
Hours, directions, and maps

  • Search the catalog. I-Share library; Lake Forest College students and faculty may check books out here (College ID required).