The McLean Library contains one of the largest collections of psychoanalytic literature in the world. It has occupied a central position in the educational programs of the Institute since 1932.  Holdings include more than 10,000 volumes and 20 current journal subscriptions in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry.

The library is a member of Illinois RAILS, meaning materials are accessible via interlibrary loan from other institutions; review policies hereScholars, practitioners, and the general public are welcome to visit the McLean Library by appointment.  We are open to the public during business hours (but please contact us to confirm the librarian will be available if you require assistance). 

Subscriptions are supplemented by article/monograph files, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP-Web) access, and complete print runs of many journals no longer in print.


Books at the McLean Library

Special collections

  • W.R. Bion
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Melanie Klein
  • Heinz Kohut
  • D.W. Winnicott

Complete sets

  • Annual of Psychoanalysis
  • Chicago Psychoanalytic Literature Index
  • Progress in Self Psychology


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In addition to our regular collection, the library also maintains archives gathering together the collected papers of past leaders and prominent members of the Institute, including Franz Alexander, Therese Benedek, Roy Grinker, Arnold Goldberg & Heinz Kohut. The archives also cover the history of the Institute and affiliated organizations.

The Gitelson Film Library contains audiovisual materials such as interviews with members of the Institute’s clinical staff and discussions of pertinent topics in the field of psychoanalysis.

Other useful sites

Questions? Please contact librarian John Leonard by email or at 312-897-1419