Plan a Visit to The Rare Book & Manuscript Library


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is located on the third floor (Room 346) on the north side of the Main Library at 1408 W. Gregory Drive in Urbana, Illinois. There is a metered parking lot with an entrance off 6th Street between Armory Avenue and Gregory Drive.


The Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Registration and Use

Researchers must register before using materials in our collections. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library Registration Form may be printed and filled-out in advance or in person at the library.

If you wish to consult with a Curator before your arrival, please contact them at “Ask a Curator.”


Using the Bus

MTD Silver, Blue, Brown, Yellow, and Bronze routes to north side bus stop.

MTD Green Express and Gold routes to south side bus stop.

Visitor Parking Information:

Campus Maps:

Lodging and Transportation around Campus:

Further Information:

Call 217 333-3777