The Library is one of your most important resources. Subject specialists, rich collections, and a vast and varied array of services are at your doorstep.

Library Resources
What to Find Where?

The University Libraries are home to general circulating collections as well as specialized areas dedicated to African Studies, transportation, music, art, and special collections. In the center of the Evanston campus is a collection of materials for the study of religion at the Styberg Library of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Yet further north you’ll find the Seeley G. Mudd Library, the prime spot for the study of the sciences and engineering.

On the Chicago campus, the Galter Health Sciences Library and the Pritzker Legal Research Center house numerous materials.

How do you navigate the libraries? Check out the subject and topical guides, or contact any of the more than 40 subject specialists.

Need a consultation about your research project? No problem. You can set up a customized session with one of the librarians. Also check out this guide on the research process.

Just contact the specialist of your choice, or fill out a research consultation form. Librarians are available virtually or by phone, or you are welcome to just drop by the library.

Books to Help You Get Started
NU Libraries have these books!


  1. Beaudry, J. S., & Miller, L. (2016). Research literacy : a primer for understanding and using research.New York: Guilford.
  2. Booth, W. C. (2016).The craft of research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  3. Bouma, G. D., & Carland, S. (2016). The research process.South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  4. Jensen, E. A., & Laurie, A. C. (2016).Doing real research : a practical guide to social research. London: Sage Publications.
  5. Wisker, Gina. (2019). The undergraduate research handbook. London: Red Globe Press.
  6. Grix, Jonathan. (2019). The foundations of research. London: Red Globe Press.


  1. Booth, A., Sutton, A., & Papaioannou, D. (2016). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review.Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  2. Jesson, J., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F. M. (2011). Doing your literature review : traditional and systematic techniquesLondon: Sage Publications.
  3. Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2016). The literature review : six steps to success.Thousand Oaks: Corwin Sage.
  4. Pan, M. L. (2017). Preparing literature reviews : qualitative and quantitative approachesLondon: Routledge.
  5. Ridley, D. (2013). The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students.London: Sage.
  6. Efron, Sara Efrat. (2019). Writing the literature review: A practical guide. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  7. Fink, Arlene. (2020). Conducting research literature reviews: From the internet to paper.Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.


  1. Wrench, J. S., Thomas-Maddox, C., Richmond, V. P., & McCroskey, J. C. (2016). Quantitative research methods for communication : a hands-on approach.New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Leong, E.-C., Heah, C. L. H., & Ong, K. K. W. (2016). Guide to research projects for engineering students : planning, writing and presenting.London: Spon Press.
  3. Holliday, A. (2016). Doing & writing qualitative researchLondon: Sage Publications.
  4. Loseke, D. R. (2017).Methodological thinking : basic principles of social research design. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  5. Striano, T. (2016).Doing developmental research : a practical guide. New York: Guilford.
  6. Waller, V., Farquharson, K., & Dempsey, D. (2016). Qualitative social research : contemporary methods for the digital age.London: Sage Publications.
  7. Yin, R. K. (2016). Qualitative research from start to finish.New York: Guilford.
  8. Flick, Uwe. (2018).An introduction to qualitative research (6th edition.. ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE.
  9. Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. (2018). Social research methods by example: Applications in the modern world.New York, NY: Routledge.
COVID19 Impact

Library Services for Remote Users
  • Getting Books: Users who are not on campus can have books shipped to their homes, no matter where they are. Keep in mind shipping times may vary by location, so plan ahead. When requesting a title through NUsearch select Delivery and “Home Address”, and include your street address and zipcode in the notes field. This quick video can walk you through the process: 
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Interlibrary Loan may be able to get you books or articles that the library doesn’t own, or that someone has already checked out. As with books from our collections, you can these titles delivered to you at home. Just update your Interlibrary Loan account with your current address and identify you as a Distance Education student. This quick video will walk you through the process of creating and updating your account: 
  • Getting Articles and chapters: If you just need a chapter of a book or an article from a journal, you can use ILL to get those electronically, even if they’re in our physical collection. Just place a requests through ILL for it. This quick video will walk you through that process: 
  • Course Reserves: The Libraries will continue to provide links to electronic and streaming content for courses. Physical books are not available on course reserves. 
  • Library Software: Northwestern University Libraries is temporarily providing remote access to PC workstations located in the library buildings, which allows you to use software such as SPSS, SAS, MATLAB, the Adobe Creative Suite, and more. View a list of available software and full instructions on the Remote PC Access page:
Library Services On-Campus

The Main Library is only open to faculty and staff, graduate students, and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, as well as 1st and 2nd year undergraduates students who been approved to live on campus. Deering and Mudd Library are closed. All on site services require a reservation for that service. For example, if you are coming to pick up a book and then study in the library you will need to schedule your pick up and reserve your study seat. 

  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am-8pm, Friday: 8am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm. Check the Libraries’ hours page for the latest information. 
  • Reservable spaces:  Spaces are available for quiet study, use of library services, and videoconferencing. You may reserve up to 3 hours a day and 7 days in advance. All reservations are for individuals, no groups are allowed at this time. For more information and to make a reservation visit
  • Getting Materials:  We are offering low contact pick up at the University Library circulation desk for requested materials, laptops, and iPads. In-library use only items must be returned to the circulation desk at the end of your visit and you may request that they be held for you. In order to receive materials, place a request in the NUsearch online catalog by logging in to your account, locating the item in NUsearch, and selecting Request. If you are requesting carrel materials, please email to coordinate your request. Please do not schedule a reservation until you receive notification that your item(s) is ready for pick up. 
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Interlibrary Loan may be able to get you books or articles that the library doesn’t own, or that someone has already checked out. When the arrive, you can schedule a time to pick up your interlibray loan titles. Articles and chapters are still provided electronically through your ILL account. 
  • Rare materials: Our rare materials are available by appointment only. To set up an appointment to use items email  
  • Printing: You can print at the library from your laptop. To reserve a time to release your print job, visit
  • Carrels: Carrels are unavailable for the fall. Graduate students and faculty will be able to keep books on a personal cart that will be ready anytime they come in for a scheduled appointment. 

Course Reserves: The Libraries will continue to provide links to electronic and streaming content for courses. Physical books are not available on course reserves in the Fall. 

Student Support
  • Chat with a Librarian: Chat with a librarian for quick help like finding titles, access problems, and more. Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm; Friday: 8 am – 6 pm. Questions submitted after hours will be answered the next business day.
  • One on One In Depth Help: All of our librarians are still available to help students, either online via services like Zoom or over email. Simply fill out a request form, and a librarian will contact them within the next business day: