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Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection


faculty access

To make your selection of material please start by browsing our database

You can book a class visit to the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection/Flaxman Library Special Collections at any point in the semester, either by sending an email to, via phone during business hours 312-899-7486, or in person. Last-minute scheduling requests will be gladly accommodated whenever a time slot is available.

For email reservations we require the following information:

  • your name, department, and course title
  • the exact date and time you would like to come in, or a range of possible dates. Please allow for a 45 - 90 min visit
  • your home or cell phone number
  • the accession numbers of the item(s) requested (we do not need title or author information.) Ideally, all items need to be requested two working days in advance. All titles that are labeled "Restricted Access" can not be pulled by the student assistants. To view those please send an email directly to, also at a minimum of one working day in advance. These works can then be viewed and handled by you and your students just like all other collection material.

For the safety and necessary supervision of the collection we will have to keep the amount of any additional titles that can be pulled while the class is in session to a minimum.

If you feel unsure on how to select the most pertinent material for yourself and your students we will be happy to assist you. In that case please email your syllabus to and we can make recommendations or prepare a selection for you.

Semester hours are generally Monday through Thursday 9 am to 7:30 pm, Friday 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday noon to 4 pm.

Please also consider using the book room for reading events, critique sessions, performances, class discussions or for any other course activities that may benefit from such a stimulating setting.

We are looking forward to helping you make this a successful semester for your students. Please also take a look at the Resources tab on our home page where you can find links to many other sites related to artists' publishing.

Doro Boehme and the Flaxman Special Collections staff.