Information for Faculty

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"Many thanks to the collections librarians for keeping up with the monograph and serials literature and for working towards getting so many resources available online."
"Crerar librarians have been extremely helpful in teaching me how to use citation programs and navigating medical literature, often going well out of their way- what a wonderful experience."
"The staff at the SSA Library are highly competent and very willing to provide assistance to me and my students.  It is no exaggeration to tell you that I couldn't teach what I do, the way I do, without their assistance."
"I am continually grateful for the richness of the collections and the excellent ILL service."

Welcome to the University of Chicago Library

About the Library

Read our director's welcome, and learn about the Library's many activities.

Campus Libraries

The University of Chicago of Library consists of six campus libraries that serve the University community. All are open to faculty, students and staff for research and study.

Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is the Library's home for rare books, manuscripts, and the University archives. In addition to rich collections, SCRC has a robust class instruction program. The collections and teaching spaces are open to all students and faculty.

Visit the Special Collections Research Center blog for collection highlights, news, and events.

Subject Specialists

Subject librarians support scholarship in specific disciplines through collection development and reference and instructional services. Librarians provide expert advice and are eager to collaborate with faculty on their teaching and research.

Contact your librarian. Visit the subject specialists webpage to identify the librarian responsible for your field.

Faculty borrowing privileges at University of Chicago Libraries

Full-time, permanent faculty have indefinite borrowing privileges and may set up proxy borrowing accounts for their research assistants. Access and borrowing privileges are determined by your status at the University.

Learn more about faculty borrowing privileges here.

Access to Other Academic Libraries

University of Chicago faculty members are eligible for access and borrowing privileges at all libraries on Northwestern's Evanston campus, as well as the libraries of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Faculty can also access the library collections of several Hyde Park seminaries.

The University of Chicago is a member of the Center for Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which allows faculty to use libraries at Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and several other institutions.

Find out more about how to access these libraries.

Library Classrooms and Group Studies

The Library provides several spaces for teaching, workshops, and collaborative study. Room 207 and Room 523 in Regenstein Library provide multimedia equipment and computer projection for groups. Faculty may request the use of a library classroom for a class session by completing the classroom request form.

The Special Collections Research Center offers two spaces for classes making use of rare books, manuscripts, or archives: The Marie Louise Rosenthal Seminar Room, a technology-friendly space for less than 25 users, and a more general classroom for larger groups. For more information, visit Teaching in Special Collections.

The Kathleen A. Zar Room at the Crerar Library contains a Data Visualization Laboratory managed by the Research Computing Center, including a 3D projector and advanced computing capabilities. For information about using the lab for classroom purposes, contact RCC.

In addition, the Library offers several group studies for collaborative work. Group studies may be booked by University of Chicago faculty, students, or staff via the Library's Book a Room service.

(Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

New Faculty

ID & Privileges Office

Full-time, permanent faculty have indefinite borrowing privileges and may set up proxy borrowing accounts for their research assistants. Access and borrowing privileges are determined by your status at the university. Learn more about faculty borrowing privileges. Go to the ID & Privileges Office to obtain a CNet ID and UChicago Card and to set up your library borrowing account.

Carrels/Faculty Studies

University of Chicago faculty members are eligible to apply for faculty studies in Regenstein Library and Crerar Library.

Subject Specialists

Subject librarians support scholarship in specific disciplines through collection development and reference and instructional services. Librarians provide expert advice and are eager to collaborate with faculty on their teaching and research.

Contact your librarian. Visit the subject specialists webpage to identify the librarian responsible for your field.

Access to Other Academic Libraries

University of Chicago faculty members are eligible for access and borrowing privileges at all libraries on Northwestern's Evanston campus, as well as the libraries of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Faculty can also access the library collections of several Hyde Park seminaries.

The University of Chicago is a member of the Center for Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which allows faculty to use libraries at Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and several other institutions.

Find out more about how to access these libraries.

Library Workshops

The Library offers workshops in topics ranging from information literacy to citation management, and research resources in specific subject areas. For a schedule of upcoming workshops, view the Library Workshop and Events Calendar.  If you would like to include a Library-prepared, class-specific presentation on research in part of your class, or as a supplement to your class, please contact the subject specialist in your discipline or send a request through Ask A Librarian.

(Photo by Lloyd DeGrane).

Faculty Teaching

Chalk

Chalk is the University of Chicago's learning management tool, based on Blackboard Academic Suite.  Chalk is administered by the Learning and Instructional Technology group of IT Services, located in Room 220 of the Regenstein Library.  Learn more about Chalk and view upcoming training sessions. Contact the Chalk office with questions at chalk@uchicago.edu or 702-9944.

Course Reserves

Faculty may place course materials on reserve for their students. For more information about course reserves at our campus libraries, visit the Library's Course Reserves website.

Copyright Information Center

The Library in cooperation with the University has created a Copyright Information Center to assist faculty with copyright issues that arise in connection with their course materials and teaching. Find information there about how to use links to the Library's licensed resources to avoid copyright problems.

Library Support for Academic Honesty

The Library's How the Library Can Support Academic Honesty page advises you and your students about the University's academic policies and requirements for academic honesty and provides guides and information about proper citation, citation management software, and Chalk

Library Classrooms and Group Studies

The Library provides several spaces for teaching, workshops, and collaborative study. Room 207 and Room 523 in Regenstein Library provide multimedia equipment and computer projection for groups. Faculty may request the use of a library classroom for a class session by completing the classroom request form.

The Special Collections Research Center offers two spaces for classes making use of rare books, manuscripts, or archives: The Marie Louise Rosenthal Seminar Room, a technology-friendly space for less than 25 users, and a more general classroom for larger groups. For more information, visit Teaching in Special Collections.

The Kathleen A. Zar Room at the Crerar Library contains a Data Visualization Laboratory managed by the Research Computing Center, including a 3D projector and advanced computing capabilities. For information about using the lab for classroom purposes, contact RCC.

In addition, the Library offers several group studies for collaborative work. Group studies may be booked by University of Chicago faculty, students, or staff via the Library's Book a Room service.

Library Workshops

The Library offers workshops in topics ranging from information literacy to citation management, and research resources in subject areas. For a schedule of upcoming workshops, see Upcoming Workshops and Events on the Regenstein Library homepage. If you would like to include a research presentation as part of your class, or as a supplement to your class, please contact the subject specialist in your discipline or send a request through Ask A Librarian.

(Photo by Dan Dry)

Faculty Research

Print and Media Collections

The five campus Libraries house one of the world's largest and richest collections of print and media materials and this collection grows by about 180,000 items each year. At present, the print and media titles include:

  •  7.9 million print volumes.
  •  81,675 active periodical titles.
  •  438,094 maps and photographs.
  •  60,778 sound recordings, films and videos.
  •  41,783 linear feet of archives and manuscripts.

Electronic Databases and Articles

The Library subscribes to more than 160,000 online journals,  830,000 online books, and over 940 reference databases.  To find databases in your field, use Database Finder (under Electronic Resources on the Library's homepages). To find databases recommended by subject specialists, use Subject Browse in Database Finder. To find full-text journals in your field, use the E-journals List (also under Electronic Resources).

Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is the Library's home for rare books, manuscripts, and the University archives. In addition to rich collections, SCRC has a robust class instruction program. The collections and teaching spaces are open to all students and faculty.

Visit the Special Collections Research Center blog for collection highlights, news, and events.

Subject Specialists

Subject librarians support scholarship in specific disciplines through collection development and reference and instructional services. We provide expert advice and are eager to collaborate with faculty on their teaching and research.

Contact your librarian. Visit the subject specialists webpage to identify the librarian responsible for your field.

Carrels/Faculty Studies

University of Chicago faculty members are eligible to apply for faculty studies in Regenstein Library and Crerar Library.

Access to Other Academic Libraries

University of Chicago faculty members are eligible for access and borrowing privileges at all libraries on Northwestern's Evanston campus, as well as the libraries of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Faculty can also access the library collections of several Hyde Park seminaries.

The University of Chicago is a member of the Center for Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which allows faculty to use of libraries at Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and several other institutions.

Find out more about how to access these libraries.

(Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)