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Library and Archive Policies


An important resource for archive patrons is the expertise of Meadville Lombard's archivists. The policy below covers the types of services provided to researchers. 

Reference Requests

Patrons can request specific information, such as graduation dates of Meadville Lombard students or the founding dates of congregations, without making a research appointment. Reference transactions can be conducted in person, by phone, by email, or over video chat. Reference requests can be directed to An archivist will get back to you as soon as possible, usually within one work week.

Research Support

Research assistance is considered an open ended information request when an archivist assist a patron to find archival documents and collections connected to their research question(s). Information requests can be conducted in person, by phone, by email, or over video chat.

Patrons are encouraged to make all information requests prior to any onsite visit. These requests are necessary to determine what archival materials may be useful in a patron’s research, and whether a visit to the Meadville Lombard Archive is required.

Information requests can be directed to


Patrons who cannot physically visit Meadville Lombard in person can request a digital copy of specific document(s) from physical archival collections as permitted by copyright and donor restrictions. All requests can be directed to archives@meadville.eduScanning requests will be replied to and fulfilled as soon as possible. 

  • A single document request of fewer than twenty pages will be scanned free of charge.

  • Document requests of more than 20 pages or multiple documents of any length cost $0.20 per page.

  • Fragile or large documents may incur additional charges, at the discretion of the Director of Library and Archives.


Archive staff may, upon request, consult with organizations concerning establishing and running a congregational and/or organizational archive. Consulting meetings may be conducted in person, by phone, through email, or using video chat. This service is available to UU districts, congregations, and affiliated organizations. Interested parties can contact

Meadville Lombard Wiggin Library
180 N. Wabash Ave.
Suite 625 
Chicago, IL 60601

Library and Archives Phone: 312-546-6488        Library Email:        Archives Email: