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Information for Faculty and Instructors

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"The library is a superb resource."

– Faculty, Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

"Thank you for your efforts to make books available on campus and resist the temptation to move lesser used books to storage. This is very much appreciated."

– Faculty, Physical Sciences Division.

"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."

– Faculty, School of Social Service Administration.

"I am continually grateful for the richness of the collections and the excellent ILL service."

Getting Started

About the Library

The University of Chicago Library is the 9th largest research library in North America, providing:

  • 10.7 million volumes in print and electronic form
  • 48,252 linear feet of archives and manuscripts
  • 107.6 TB of University electronic archives and research data. 

Along with these collections, the Library also provides many services to support your research and teaching. Learn more about the Library.

Faculty Privileges at University of Chicago Libraries

Full-time, permanent faculty have indefinite borrowing privileges. Faculty also have off-campus access to nearly all of our ebooks, ejournals and other electronic resources.

Find Your Library

The University of Chicago Library consists of six campus libraries, all of which focus on specific subject areas (humanities, law, social sciences, sciences, etc.).  The exception is the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library which is an interdisciplinary storage collection.

Meet Your Bibliographer / Subject Librarian

The Library's bibliographers/subject librarians serve as liasions for specific departments and programs, providing specialized reference and instruction support for faculty and students. They also purcahase materials for the Library's online and print collections. 

Reference Assistance

Have a question about the Library? Reference librarians are available to assist you at our campus libraries and online via e-mail and instant message.

Computing and Tech Support

The Library maintains and supports over 150 public computers, and wireless access for your laptops and personal devices is available in most areas. Equipment lending (laptops, tablets, and more) and technical support services are available at the IT Services' TECHB@R in Regenstein Library.  In Crerar Library, the Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) offers Mac and Linux computers and Adobe software.  Multifunction printers/scanners/copiersare available at all libraries for a small fee (departmental funds are accepted).

(Photo by Tom Rossiter)

Support For Your Research

Bibliographers / Subject Librarians

The Library's bibliographers/subject librarians serve as liasions to specific departments and programs, providing specialized reference and instruction support for faculty and students.  They also purchase materials for the Library's online and print collections, and welcome suggestions for items to be added to our collections to support your teaching or research.

Delivery Services

The Library offers several services to facilitate access to the research materials you need.  Faculty may request materials from other libraries using BorrowDirect, UBorrow and traditional Interlibrary Loan services.  Scans of articles or book chapters may be requested via our Scan and Deliver service.

Access to Other Academic Libraries

Current faculty, academics, students, and benefits-eligible staff may be eligible for access or borrowing privileges for libraries at other institutions. Note that privileges may vary based on library, so please contact the library you wish to visit to confirm what privileges you may establish at another institution.

Proxy Borrowing for Research Assistants

Faculty and academics with indefinite borrowing privileges may request to establish another person as a proxy borrower. This person is able to borrow and recall books on behalf of the faculty member, with the same loan periods and privileges that said faculty would have in person.

Faculty Studies

A limited number of faculty studies and carrels are available at the Regenstein and Crerar libraries to support your research needs.

Citation Management

Citation managers help you manage your research. They collect records/citations from research databases (indexes, catalogs, etc.) and help you create bibliographies, citations, and footnotes automatically. Citation managers can also help you organize PDFs, images, and other materials for your work. The Library provides support and training for the citation managers EndNote and Zotero.

Research Guides

The Library's research guides provide quick links to key resources for specific fields and links to resources suggested by our subject librarians.  They also provide information about the Library's collection policies.  They are helpful starting places for your research, as well as for your students.

(Photo by Tom Rossiter).

Support for Your Teaching

Course Reserves

Faculty may place high-demand resources assigned for their courses on reserve. Articles, book chapters, or essays on reserve are available electronically (e-reserve). books, films, music or other items that are not available online are placed physically "on reserve" at the Library.  These items are available to students on a short loan (2 hours, 4 hours, or sometimes 24 or 48 hours).  Course reserves are accessed via Chalk, the University's learning management system. 

Library Research Instruction for Your Students

Our librarians can provide hands-on instruction for students designed for a specific course, highlighting resources and services to help students sucessfully complete research assignments.  Besides teaching search techniques and "tips of the trade," these sessions can also discuss important issues such as academic honesty and keeping organized using tools like citation managers.  These sessions are also a wonderful opportunity for students to meet a library staff member whom they can approach with their other research questions. Library sessions can last an entire class session, or can be as short as 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the topic).

Library Help Module in Chalk

All newly-created Chalk courses include a module from the University of Chicago Library.  The Library module provides links to appropriate Library research guides and librarian contacts for your course.

Custom Library Research Guides

The University of Chicago Library can create a customized library research guide for your course, highlighting relevant print and online resources. The Library can add the custom guide to your Library Help Module or provide you with a URL to post your Chalk course.

Teaching Spaces

The Library has a limited number of teaching spaces intended for library instruction and courses using Library materials. Library seminar rooms are also available for use by faculty and TAs, as well as other library users.

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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 the Ivies Plus Libraries, Northwestern University Library 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)