The Meadville Lombard Library and Archives provide resources not only to Meadville Lombard students and faculty, but also to religious professionals, members of the broader Unitarian Universalist community, and scholars of all (or no) faiths. Our complete library catalog is accessible to search online and most of our books can be shipped directly to users. Our digital archive is open to all users and new material is added every month.
Alums and community patrons have access to all print resources held in the Wiggin Library. The Wiggin Library contains over 35,000 volumes, specializing in Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism. This collection is available to faculty, students, and community members, and most of our books can be circulated through the mail. If you are a current student, click here to access to the student catalog, which includes access to additional digital resources and I-Share.
The Wiggin Library holds at least one copy of every published book/article on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) reading list (available through the UUA website). These materials are available to every patron with circulation privileges. MFC books can be browsed based on the seven MFC ministerial competencies. A selection of ebooks from the MFC reading list are also available
Home delivery is a service available to Meadville Lombard students, faculty, staff, and community library patrons. Any book in the circulating collection published after 1870 (depending on condition) and I-Share items (for MLTS students) can be shipped to to your home. The Wiggin Library covers the cost of shipping library items to patrons, with patrons paying the return shipping. Library materials can be sent via USPS using library rate or media mail. For more information about receiving and return books via the mail, see Using the Online Catalog - USPS Delivery Guide.
To return library items...
Pack the item in a sturdy, secure box or padded envelope. If items are returned in damaged condition due to insufficient packing, you will be responsible for replacement costs. Mail items to:
Meadville Lombard Wiggin Library
180 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
In addition to our extensive print holdings, Wiggin Library provides access to a host of digital resources as well. These can be accessed by clicking the link buttons above the search bar or these links below:
Wiggin Library has a team of experienced theological librarians serving its patrons. Our librarians are subject specialists in Unitarian Universalism. We can provide research assistance related to Unitarianism, Universalism, Unitarian Universalism, Liberal Religion, Humanism, Spiritualism, and New Religious Movements.
At Meadville Lombard, archiving is a form of justice-making work. We take special steps to preserve the richness and diversity of Unitarian Universalism within the archival record. We have been collecting history for over 170 years and hold material from students and scholars, laity and ministers, and churches and organizations around the world. As the only exclusively UU archive, we take seriously the trust the community has placed in us to preserve our shared history.
A Unitarian Universalist archive involves more than simply collecting UU materials; it means applying our UU values and principles to how the archive functions. One way we do that is through our Special Collections. Our special collections are gatherings of unique archival materials produced by a specific community traditionally excluded from the archival record. Special collections are a vital part of the Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections because they empower communities underserved by archives to preserve and make accessible their history.
Due to COVID-19, both the library and archives are closed to onsite access. Patrons in Chicago can schedule curbside pickup and drop-off outside of the 180 N Wabash Ave. building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To schedule a curbside appointment, email email@example.com. Reference, digital resources, and print book circulation continue as normal.
No ID is required to use the space or access resources onsite. Identification is only required when checking out books.
Students, faculty, and staff should present their Meadville ID when checking out books in-person. If a patron does not have their Meadville ID with them when checking out books, they may be asked for a second form of photo ID.
Alum and Community patrons should present their Meadville Lombard borrowing card when checking out books in-person.
Patrons from I-Share libraries must present their school ID and/or library card to check out books from the Wiggin Library or any other I-Share school.
Patrons from ACTS schools must present a photo or school ID and their ACTS library card when checking out books. Students from ACTS schools without an ACTS library card should contact the staff at their school’s library for assistance.
The Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections is located right in the center of Chicago's downtown in the Loop. We are open 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday by appointment. For researchers traveling to Chicago, we have special room rates at local hotels. Due to building security, all archive visits must be scheduled ahead of time. To arrange a visit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates and times you want to visit and the collections you would like to use.