Dean's Welcome

Dear Northern Illinois University Community,

As Dean it is a privilege to welcome you to the outstanding collections, people and services which make up the NIU University Libraries. Whether you are a newly arrived student, a senior member of the faculty, or a visitor from outside the University, we want to be your partner in the discovery and creation of knowledge.  

The Founders Memorial Library includes more than 310,000 square feet of collections, services and spaces dedicated to your success! Also on campus, the Faraday Library serves faculty and students in chemistry and physics while the Music Library supports the music department’s curriculum and performances. In total, our physical collections include more than 2.3 million volumes of books and journals, while our online and digital collections also include e-books, online journals, streaming video, databases and “the Huskie Commons,” NIU’s open access institutional repository. Our Library faculty include subject specialists who, in addition to teaching research methods,  serve as resources for all levels of research, from your first research paper to your dissertation. The Founders Library is also home to a curated collection of student, faculty, and purchased art, making it not only a research destination but also a cultural destination.

Located at the center of campus, the NIU Libraries also include several distinctive collections including:

  • the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection, with more than 100,000 books and objects of art
  • the Rare Books and Special Collections, with its extensive science fiction and fantasy literature
  • the Regional History Center & Archives, which includes the University Archives
  • unique digital collections, such as Civil War era newspapers, Lincoln materials, and 19th century pop culture from the Johannsen & LeBlanc collection.

In addition to our committed faculty and staff, the Libraries frequently partner with other departments to provide services such as the Digital Convergence Lab, the Writing Center, the Peer Assisted Learning Center, a Technology Service Desk, and of course, the popular Founders Café.

Whatever your information needs, we welcome you to the Huskie family and look forward to assisting you!


Fred D. Barnhart
Dean, NIU Libraries

Contact Us

Library Information
Founders Memorial Library
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
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