I visited the John Crerar Library at UChicago, and the font used in its interior looks fantastic to me.

I tried searching on WhatTheFont, and it told me the font is BB Manual Mono™ (Pro), but I don't think the result is accurate because the shape of the ampersand sign differs quite a bit.

Here are some additional samples you can check out.

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    There are various differences between the BB Manual fonts and this one, though they are very similar: uppercase A has a wider bowl here, lowercase a has a curl at the end, etc. Commented Jan 29, 2022 at 18:02
  • Is it possible that this is a custom font?
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    Commented Jan 31, 2022 at 8:59
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I sent an inquiry to an art studio on campus, and here is the reply I received

The font you are referring to is called ERC. It is a proprietary typeface designed originally for the signage in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC). We did not design it. It was designed by our friends at Studio/lab, a Chicago design studio who also did the signage for Crerar.

See here for more info.


Hmm. A lot of characters are very distinctive but I'm not finding it. If you want something similar with a monospaced/avant garde aesthetic, try Euclid Mono from Swiss Typefaces, BC Sklonar from Briefcase Type, Decima Mono by TipografiaRamis or AF Module Classic.

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