Access & Privileges

Welcome to the University of Chicago Library

As a private institution, the University of Chicago Library is dedicated to serving the research and teaching needs of our faculty and students, as well as the larger University community of alumni and staff. Beyond serving the University, we also recognize that we are a destination for scholars from around the world and strive to provide access to our collections to those with a legitimate research need. If your research leads you to our collections, we will do our best to provide access whenever possible.

We expect all users to abide by the policies and principles expressed in the Library's statement of User Rights and Responsibilities for Creating and Sustaining a Scholarly Environment. We are committed to providing access to both our physical and electronic resources to users with disabilities; for more information see Services for Users with Disabilities.

Choose one of the categories below to find out what kinds of access and privileges we can offer you.

University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff

University of Chicago Faculty, Academics, Students, and Staff

We provide both on-campus and off-campus access and borrowing privileges to our faculty, academics, students, and staff. We can also help you establish access and borrowing privileges to collections at other academic libraries with whom we have reciprocal agreements. Learn more about access for University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff.

University of Chicago alumni

University of Chicago Alumni

We offer alumni of the University on-campus access and the option of purchasing borrowing privileges. Learn more about access for University of Chicago alumni.

members of the University Visiting Committee, Women's Board, and Library Society

Members of the University Visiting Committees, Women's Board, and Library Society

We offer members of the University Visiting Committees and the Women's Board access and borrowing privileges free of charge. We offer Library Society members on-campus access on a limited basis. Learn more about access for members of the University Visiting Committes, Women's Board, and Library Society.

faculty, students and staff from other institutions

Faculty, Students, and Staff from Other Institutions

We provide researchers from other institutions access ranging from a day pass to borrowing privileges. We can help you determine what options are available to you. Learn more about access for faculty, students and staff from other institutions.

members of the public

Members of the Public

We offer on-campus access only to members of the public with a legitimate research need to consult our collections. Members of the public must establish their research need with the Library in order to be granted access. Learn more about how to establish your research need for members of the public.

Special Collections Research Center

Access to the Special Collections Research Center

We welcome visiting researchers to use the Special Collection Research Center's resources. Special Collections provides access to the University of Chicago's rare books, manuscripts, and university archives. Learn more about visiting the Special Collections Research Center.

Not sure which category best describes you? Contact the ID & Privileges Office. The ID & Privileges Office is located in the first floor lobby of the Joseph Regenstein Library. For hours, services, and contact information, visit ipo.uchicago.edu.