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Edward Neisser Library at Erikson Institute

Edward Neisser Library

The Edward Neisser Library and Learning Center is committed to supporting the educational, informational, research and service programs of Erikson Institute.

About the Library

The library’s mission is to foster a climate of service to the campus and community; impart skills that enhance academic success and lifelong learning; and provide facilities, equipment, and resources necessary for the successful performance of the Institute’s mission.

Our library offers a specialized collection in all areas of the curriculum, including over 5,000 children’s books and 300 assessment and screening tools. Librarians specializing in research, instruction, online collections, and interlibrary loan assist faculty, staff, and students in finding information resources for their life, work, and study.

Using the Library Collections

Visit our website at to learn about our physical and online collections and to connect with our librarians.

Library Hours:

Summer Semester Hours | May 10th – August 2nd

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Building closed, available via chat/email from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Intersession Hours | August 5th – 30th

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Building closed, available via chat/email from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Planned Closures:

  • Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day)
  • Wednesday, June 19th (Juneteenth)
  • Thursday, July 4th (Independence Day)

Library staff is also available by phone (312-893-7210), chat, and email.

Erikson students in Edward Neisser Library

Visit the Library

Erikson Institute is a private building, but we are open to current students, staff, and faculty members at higher education institutions. Please contact us in advance at (312) 893-7210 to arrange your visit. On the day of your visit, please bring your college or university ID card.

If you are here for a professional development event or meeting, you are welcome to utilize the library’s computers, databases, and assorted materials.

We are unable to extend borrowing privileges to users who are not Erikson staff, faculty, students, or alumni. To borrow library materials, contact your local library’s interlibrary loan department.

Meet Our Library Staff

The Edward Neisser Library and Learning Center supports Erikson’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The librarians at our physical space in downtown Chicago are always available to help, and our online tools facilitate off-site research and learning.

Karen Janke

Karen Janke, MSLIS, Library Director

Karen directs the library and helps users in their research and assists in copyright interpretations. Karen is an alumna of Bates College and of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information.

Ask Karen a question

Diana Sykes, MSLIS, access services librarian

Diana Sykes, MSLIS, Access Services Librarian

Diana processes course readings and interlibrary loan requests, supervises library assistants, and takes the lead on collection maintenance, circulation, and security. Diana is twice an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ask Diana a question

Blanca Hernandez

Blanca Hernandez (He/Him/El), MLIS,
Instruction and Outreach Librarian

Blanca leads library instruction efforts, facilitates research consultations, and works on outreach and programming for the library including social media and the library website. Blanca is an alumnus of Millikin University (BFA) and Dominican University (MLIS).

Ask Blanca a Question

Karen Janke
Library Director
“ Everyone wants to feel like their time here on earth matters.  For me, my professional legacy is in the faculty and students that have come through our doors and gone on to do important work with children and families.  Librarians are at their core, helpers, and we take great pride in partnering with the faculty and staff in nurturing our students to grow and succeed.  ”