The University of Chicago Library offers alumni of the University access to all campus libraries and the option of purchasing borrowing privileges. In addition, access to a group of specially licensed databases is available online from off-campus locations.
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. All Library users are also responsible for keeping their personal contact information up to date.
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.
All University of Chicago graduates are eligible for access to the Library free of charge. To obtain a library card after graduation, please visit the ID & Privileges Office.
Graduates of the Laboratory School and Members of the Alumni Association with an "X" status are able to establish access to the library free of charge once they have obtained their University of Chicago Alumni Association card.
To renew existing access privileges, please use our Account Renewal Request form.
Alumni may access most of the Library’s electronic resources only while in Library buildings, due to site licensing agreements. In addition, access to a group of specially licensed databases is available online from off-campus locations.
While in Library buildings, Alumni may use Library computers or the Library’s wireless network to access electronic resources and networked printing using their CNet ID. Alumni who do not already have a CNet ID can claim a CNet ID online.
To renew borrowing privileges, you may mail a check along with your full name, library barcode, email address, current mailing address (if changed), and the type and term of privileges being purchased to the ID & Privileges Office (or visit the ID & Privileges Office to submit your payment in person).
Off-campus access to subscription services is not available to Alumni who purchase borrowing privileges, due to site-licensing agreements.
Fees for borrowing privileges are on a graduated scale based on the number of items that can be borrowed concurrently.
|Degree received||up to 25 concurrent items||up to 50 concurrent items||up to 75 concurrent items|
|Within previous two years||$30||$60||$90|
|More than two years ago||$60||$120||$180|
Alumni who have purchased borrowing privileges can have a maximum of 10 concurrent Interlibrary Loan requests.
To set up an Interlibrary Loan account, please use the Alumni Interlibrary Loan Privileges Request form. Note that you must include your CNetID in your request. If you do not already have one, please claim a CNetID before contacting Interlibrary Loan staff to set up an account.
Alumni are not eligible to use the Library's Scan and Deliver service.
Spouses and domestic partners of alumni with active library accounts are eligible for free access privileges.
Alumni are welcome to bring guests with them to the Library by requesting a day pass.
To request a day pass, alumni and their guest(s) must present valid IDs at the ID & Privileges Office, the John Crerar Library Entry/Exit Desk, or the Regenstein Entry/Exit Desk.
Guest day passes are for short-term use only (1-2 days). Guests who wish to conduct extended research using the University of Chicago Library collections may apply for extended privileges, following the same procedures as members of the public who wish to conduct extended research.