Plan A Visit

Schedule an Appointment

Because of limited space and staff, appointments are strongly recommended before visiting the archives. Please email ala-archives AT to schedule an appointment at least 2 business days before your visit. This also allows us to have your records ready for you when you arrive, and to allow the archives staff to identify additional records of interest to your research if we can.



Horticulture Field Lab

The American Library Association Archives is located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is at the Archives Research Center in the Horticulture Field Laboratory building in room 107A. Our reading room is located in room 105. An accessible entrance into the Archives Research Center is on the west side of the building.

American Library Association Archives
1707 South Orchard
Urbana, IL, 61801


Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday: 8:30am-12pm and 1-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-12pm and 1-5pm

Please expect closures on holidays observed by the University of Illinois:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the Friday after
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Archives is also often closed between December 24 through January 1

Campus Maps


Metered parking is available in front of the Archives Research Center and in a few spots in the parking lot on the west side of the building. Handicap parking is available in the same parking lot and near an accessible entrance. Meters are $1 an hour or a parking pass can be purchased through the Parking Department. We do not have a change machine on site so please come prepared with coins if you would like to use the meters or you can pay by phone.

Bus Stops

The 12 Teal and 8 Bronze bus routes stop at the Orchard Downs North Shelter just across for the Archives Research Center. Check the MTD bus schedule for times.


Hotels on or around the University of Illinois campus, a short drive from the ALA Archives.

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