Plan A Visit

The American Library Association Archives remains closed for walk-in use. Only approved scheduled appointments will be honored for onsite visits. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have a reference request, email is the best way to reach us: ala-archives[at]

NOTICE: Due to a campus wide University of Illinois building access policy, we are unable to schedule non-University affiliated researchers for onsite appointments at this time. Please contact the archives for further information or help with your research.

Schedule an Appointment

To make an appointment, please email the ALA Archives, ala-archives[at], with:

  • Dates and times you wish to visit the Archives, provide at least 2 weeks of lead time to schedule your appointment.
  • A list of all boxes you want to request, we may not be able to accommodate last minute box requests.
  • Your appointment is NOT scheduled until the Archives confirms it as we may not be able to accommodate your first choice of dates and times.

You will receive information about procedures for visiting the Archives once your appointment is confirmed.



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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