The Catherwood Library is a service-oriented organization, offering expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides, and access to premier collections. The collection consists of 250,000 volumes and 1500 serial subscriptions along with essential academic and practitioner databases and special format materials such as media and microforms. ILR collection strengths are in the areas of labor and employment, including collective bargaining, human resource studies, international and comparative industrial relations, labor disputes and history, labor economics, organizational behavior, and trade union issues. While many of these resources are academic in origin, Catherwood also collects directly from unions, corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, we are an International Labour Organization (ILO) Partner Library. See the Industrial and Labor Relations Collection for more information.
The Library also includes the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. The Kheel Center actively collects from individuals and organizations engaged in all aspects of labor and employment theory and practice, with substantial collections from labor unions, arbitrators, negotiators, scholars, advocacy groups, and management theorists and professionals. With over 23,000 feet of unpublished material, the Kheel Center is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world