University Library

About our collections

DePaul University's mission, our geographic location, and our Catholic and Vincentian heritage are all factors that influence the sources we collect, preserve, and make accessible to researchers.  Learn more by clicking the images below.

Collection strengths

Community Archives

Community Archives include collections from individuals and organizations with ties to Lincoln Park, social justice, the Catholic Left, and women's and community advocacy organizations. Each archives collection offers a diverse array of formats and topics to explore.

DePaul University Archives

The official archives of DePaul University include materials (photographs, papers, reports, correspondence, etc.) of enduring value that span three centuries, from the founding of St. Vincent's College in the 1890s to emails and documents produced today.

Rare books and maps

Rare books and maps complement the archival collections, with additional strength and depth in book arts, 18th and 19th century literature, Irish studies, the Napoleonic era, travel and exploration, Vincentian heritage, and historic maps.

Vincentian Collections

The Vincentian Collections at DePaul University includes archives, books, and maps relating to the history and legacy of Sts. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, as well as the religious orders they founded and influenced.