Access & Privileges for University of Chicago Alumni

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.


Accessing Campus Libraries

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.

Accessing Electronic Resources

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.

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Borrowing

Alumni may choose to purchase quarterly borrowing privileges. Alumni with borrowing privileges may borrow up to 25 items concurrently.

To establish borrowing privileges, please visit the ID & Privileges Office in the lobby of the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Alumni Fees for Purchasing Borrowing Privileges (up to 25 concurrent items)

Fees are based on the year you received your degree, and may be purchased for either a quarter or a year at a time.

Degree receivedPer QuarterPer Year
Within previous year $50 $175
More than one year ago $75 $250

Restrictions to Alumni Borrowing Privileges

Purchasing borrowing privileges does not give alumni off-campus access to subscription services, due to site-licensing agreements. However, some electronic resources are available to all alumni from off-campus locations, regardless of borrowing privileges. For more information, see Accessing Electronic Resources above.

Alumni are not eligible to use the Library's Interlibrary Loan, Borrow DirectUBorrow, or Scan & Deliver services.

Renewing Alumni Borrowing Privileges

You can renew borrowing privileges in any of the following ways:

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Spouses and Domestic Partners of Alumni

Spouses and domestic partners of alumni with active library accounts are eligible for free access privileges.

To establish privileges, alumni must accompany their spouse/domestic partner to the ID & Privileges Office. Privileges must be renewed annually in person or by using our Account Renewal Request form.

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Guests of Alumni

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.

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