More than 12,500 volumes as well as current newspapers and periodicals are housed in our private library, a resource of continuing relevance for members and their guests. A staff librarian is available to assist in your selections from the latest reference materials, periodicals and books. There is even a special section of works authored by Club members.
You will find this peaceful place an idyllic retreat from the daily demands of business life.

Mission Statement

The University Club Library, in keeping with the Club’s original purpose of promoting literature and arts in Chicago, offers members and guests a canonical collection and elegant sanctuary. Its mission is to provide access to books, periodicals, and newspapers for members for casual and scholarly reading and to provide an environment conducive to quiet research, contemplation, reflection and/or relaxation. Over the years the Club, through the efforts of its librarians and its members, has built a superb small library that is arguably the equal of any private city club library. We are committed to maintaining its excellence and maximizing its value to members. Further, we believe in the importance of the preservation of a traditional club library atmosphere with appropriate décor and furnishings.


The Club Collection Director: Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 312.696.2215

The Library is one of the many special spaces within the Clubhouse that is valued for its unique interior ambiance and exterior views. Member events occupy this beautiful space throughout the year. Members inquiring as to the Library's accessibility and Reading Room accommodations may call the Catering Department, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 312.696.2204.