Welcome to the Berntsen Library!

Students say the Library...

...connects us to lots of information and resources and friendly librarians that are ready to help with questions.
...is an inviting place that inspires study and productivity in groups or alone.

We think that means learning happens best in community.  Visit us today on campus or online and see for yourself.

About the Library

The Berntsen Library is named in honor of former University of Northwestern president and chancellor, William B. Berntsen, and provides access to more than 260,000 titles and 118 online collections including streaming video and audio.

Library Features

  • Research Help Desk - assistance from UNW librarians is available for personalized research help most of the hours the library is open
  • 24/7 chat research help  - available through library partnerships
  • Access to 2.2 million items through collaboration with other local university libraries (CLIC)
  • Reading Room with large windows and a variety of seating
  • Group study spaces
  • Silent study floor
  • Student Lab workstations
  • Listening and Viewing Room that houses the library's audiovisual collections and playback equipment

Library Resources

Library Hours
Frequently Asked Questions

Connect with Us

Chat online with a librarian
Circulation Desk: 651-631-5241
Research Desk: 651-286-7708
Toll free: 888-283-0812