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Northwestern University

Academic Support

Where personal attention meets world-class resources.

At Northwestern you'll find the assets of a large research university...and professors who know your name.

Here you can find information about resources such as the University Library, which ranks 11th among private universities in the United States for its immense and varied collections. Other sources of academic support include our many advising offices and state-of-the-art technology across campus.


Deering Library
Deering Library
Student studying in the library
Student studying in the library
University Library
University Library
Students studying in the library
Students studying in the library
Room of the Library
University Library's Core Collection
Students walking around University Library
Student in Information Commons
Students walking through the lobby of the Library
Mudd Library for technology and science
CIrculation desk helping a student
Library staff helping a student
Student studying in the library
Recent acquisitions area at University Library

The library's holdings include extensive backfiles of newspapers and periodicals, scientific documents, medieval manuscripts and the full text of every book, pamphlet or broadside published in the United States between 1639 and 1829. It is home to special collections, such as the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, containing rare recordings and source materials on Africana from pre-colonial times to present.

Supplementing the main library are the Boas Mathematics Library and the Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering. The Charles L. Deering Library is home to the Music Library, art collections and map collections, University Archives and the Charles L. Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections. About 30 minutes away are the Chicago campus libraries of the Feinberg School of Medicine, the School of Law and the School of Professional Studies.

All library resources are available to undergraduates.

>4.6 millionvolumes in the combined University collection

  • Collected holdings:
  • Printed books
  • E-books
  • Manuscripts
  • Print journals
  • Electronic journals
  • Audio files
  • Film and video
  • Graphic images
  • Maps and charts
  • Microforms
  • Archives

University Library

Student services


Each Northwestern school is staffed with advisers to provide guidance and academic support. In addition, the following University offices offer academic counsel.

  • The Health Professions Advising office assists with issues that cross school boundaries, such as transferring between Northwestern's undergraduate schools, exploring double majors and dual-degrees in multiple schools or selecting a program of study. It also provides premedical advising.
  • For times when you need a bit of support, the office of Academic Support and Learning Advancement along with the Undergraduate Academic Resource Portal can help you find study groups, tutoring, and other resources. 
  • Northwestern Career Advancement offers career fairs, group sessions and individual meetings with career counselors. Its website also provides information on clarifying goals, meeting with recruiters, navigating the application process and more.

Computing services

Northwestern's Information Technology division supports academic and research computing for the University. It maintains a number of public computing facilities with Macs, PCs and UNIX workstations that provide access to application programs, instructional software and network resources. All academic and administrative buildings, as well as student residences, are connected to NUNet, the campus network. NUNet supports electronic mail and communication services for the Northwestern community.

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