Information for University of Chicago Students

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Welcome to the University of Chicago Library

Campus Libraries

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

Student Borrowing Privileges

Access and borrowing privileges are determined by your status at the University. Most students have quarterly borrowing privileges.

Printing/Photocopying/Scanning

Multifunction printers/scanners/photocopiers are available at all campus libraries. 

Accessing the Library Off-Campus

Current students accessing electronic resources/journals through the University of Chicago Library's web site will be prompted to authenticate using their CNet ID and password.

Getting Help

Our librarians can help you navigate the Library’s collections and guide you to the best resources for your field of study.

  • Ask a Librarian
    Contact a reference librarian by via phone, e-mail, or in person at each campus library.


Information for University of Chicago Law Students can be found on the D'Angelo Law Library website.

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Research at the Library

Using the Library's 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 serials titles.
  • 438,094 maps and photographs.
  • 60,778 sound recordings, films and videos.
  • 41,783 linear feet of archives and manuscripts.

Use the Library Online

The Library has over 160,000 online journals, over 940 online databases, and over 830,000 online books that make it possible to do research wherever, and whenever, you'd like. Authenticate with your CNetID and password to access online resources.

  • Lens: Use Lens to search the Library's collections (books, music, journals, films, etc.).
  • Library Catalog: The traditional search engine for finding items in the Library's collections.
  • E-Journals: Search for online newspapers, magazines, and journals.
  • Database Finder: Locate research tools for finding articles, images, data, and more.
  • Find It!: Click on Find It! in article databases to see if the text is available online.
  • Research Guides by Subject: Guides to resources recommended by the Library’s subject specialists.

Expand Your Research

The Library offers several services to help you expand your research beyond our collections.

  • Interlibrary Loan: Request materials from other libraries around the United States and Canada.
  • Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements: Students are eligible for borrowing privileges at the Northwestern University Library, as well as the libraries for the various Hyde Park seminaries.

Organize Your Research

Never search for a missing citation again! EndNote helps you gather, manage, store and share information. It easily generates citations and bibliographies in your selected style. The Library has help guides and workshops to help you take advantage of EndNote's many features.

Attend Library Workshops

The Library offers training opportunities for students, from hour-long workshops to customized, one-on-one instruction. Identify information resources and learn how to use them effectively.

Get to Know Your Librarian

Librarians can help you navigate our collections and guide you to the best resources for your field of study. Whether you are facing your first research project, or preparing your dissertation, get to know your librarians. They can be a great resource.

  • Subject Specialists
    Librarians support scholarship in specific disciplines through collections and reference services.

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Study Spaces at the Library

Individual Study

Each campus library has unique individual study spaces available for students. For tips and advice on good places to study, talk to your librarians.

Group Study

Book a Room allows students and other eligible users to reserve a group study in Crerar or Regenstein on behalf of groups of 2 or more users. Several group studies in Crerar provide projection screens, with projectors available to check out from the circulation desk. Room 503 in Regenstein provides a projector screen, with projectors available to check out from the TECHB@R.

All Night Study

The All Night Study Space is located on the A-Level of Regenstein Library and is open Monday-Friday from 1am to 8am during Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

Library Classrooms

Library classrooms are primarily intended for formal instruction, but may be used by groups on a first come first served basis during regular teaching hours. Library classrooms may also be booked by student groups outside of regular teaching hours (after 10pm Monday - Friday; all day Saturday - Sunday) using the Book a Room system.

Room 207 and Room 523 in Regenstein Library provide multimedia equipment and computer projection for groups, while other library classrooms provide projection screens, with projectors available to check out from the TECHB@R.

Places to Eat, Drink, and Study

The ExLibris Café in Regenstein Library offers a place to study, socialize, and grab a snack. Crerar Library’s lower level provides vending machines and café-style seating.

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Information for Prospective Students

Learn About the Library

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:

  • 7.6 million print volumes.
  • 44,5000 active periodical titles.
  • 434,000 maps and photographs.
  • 59,000 sound recordings, films and videos.
  • 35,2000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts.

Find out more about Library news, facts, and history.

Visit the Library

Prospective students visiting campus may request a day pass from the Library’s ID & Privileges Office. Prospective graduate students who are interested in obtaining an overview of our collections and services for their field are encouraged to contact their respective subject specialist.

Library Orientation

Most graduate departments offer Library orientations for incoming students, and each fall, the Library offers orientation programs for College students.

Get to Know Your Librarian

Librarians can help you navigate our collections and guide you to the best resources for your field of study. Whether you are facing your first research project, or preparing your dissertation, get to know your librarians. They can be a great resource.

  • Subject Specialists
    Librarians support scholarship in specific disciplines through collections and reference services.

(Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)