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Research

A Guide for Roosevelt University Students

The Center for New Deal Studies is a special collection that houses many books and research materials on F.D.R., Eleanor Roosevelt, the New Deal, and the Depression. However, because of the rarity of many of these items, access is somewhat limited. The Center is open by appointment only and the items do not circulate (or in other words, they cannot be checked out). As a result, we request Roosevelt students take the following steps when using the Center for New Deal Studies.

Determine What Books You Would Like to View

You should first check and see if the Center has any books that would be helpful when researching your topic.

To locate books in the Center:

Look up books on ILLINET Online, Roosevelt University Library’s online catalog. You can search ILLINET Online by going to the library's home page and then clicking on “Books.” Once on the books page, select “Look for Books at Roosevelt University.”

 You may search by Subject, Author or Keyword.  Also be aware that the  Roosevelt University Library has many books on the subject of the Depression and the New Deal that are available to be checked out. Use the "All Roosevelt" location to search the entire library collection. Books housed in the Center will have a call number beginning with "CND".

Make an Appointment

The Center for New Deal Studies is open by appointment only. Contact the Center Librarian to arrange a visit or for more information:

Michael Gabriel
Roosevelt University Library
312/341-3644

Friday visits are appreciated. No weekend or evening hours are available. In some cases, if you provide us with a list, we may be able to allow you to view Center books in the University's library on the 9th floor during evening or weekend hours. However, this is dependent on library staffing. Please call or e-mail ahead. Thank you and good luck with your research!