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A book from Shedd's library contains information about and old illustrations of coral.
Shedd's librarian Alisun Dekock pulls a requested historical drawing of the galleries from Shedd's archive.
A ring-bound journal from Shedd's historical archives.

Check out Shedd's library

Yes, we have a library at Shedd! From the aquarium’s earliest days, our staff needed to understand how to provide the best for the animals in our care. That need for knowledge has evolved into the library we have today.

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What are the benefits of being a Shedd volunteer?

  • Admission to the aquarium and other cultural institutions
  • The chance to see how Shedd works behind the scenes
  • Gift shop and café discounts and discounted parking while volunteering
  • Helping to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world
  • Meeting a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and guests who share a passion for aquatic life