Privileges for University of Chicago Faculty, Academics, Students, and Staff at Other Libraries

Current University of Chicago faculty, academics, students, and benefits-eligible staff may be eligible for access or borrowing privileges for libraries at other institutions. In addition to any privileges other libraries may grant visiting researchers, the University of Chicago Library has reciprocal agreements with academic and research libraries both locally and throughout the world.

Current faculty, academics, students, and benefits-eligible staff can also request to borrow items from another library that are not available at the University of Chicago Library via Borrow Direct, UBorrow, or Interlibrary Loan, regardless of whether they are eligible for borrowing privileges at that library.


Libraries with Reciprocal Agreements

University of Chicago users may have access or borrowing privileges at the member libraries of institutions with whom we have reciprocal agreements, listed in the table below.  To see lists of the libraries included in the different agreements, click on the name in the Affiliation column.  Note that privileges may vary based on library, so please contact the library you wish to visit, or the U of C Library's ID & Privileges Office, to confirm what you will be eligible for at another institution.


AffiliationWho is eligible?What kind of privileges?Action Needed
Northwestern University

Faculty, Academics, Students, Benefits Eligible Staff

Borrowing

See the Northwestern University Libraries section below for detailed information.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Faculty

Borrowing

See the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Libraries section below for detailed information.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

 Access

Graduate students should visit the ID & Privileges Office for a CIC Library card for access.

Undergraduate students can present a valid UChicago Card at UIC Libraries for access.

Hyde Park Seminaries

Faculty, Academics, Students, Benefits Eligible Staff

Borrowing

Please see Hyde Park Seminaries section below for information about specific HP seminaries

Chicago Area Law Schools

Law School Students, Faculty, and Academics

Access to local law school libraries

Law School students and faculty can access the libraries of the following Chicago area law schools by showing a UChicago Card: Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, Northwestern. Note that access may be limited during exams.
Students wishing to use other libraries during summer should contact the Associate Law Librarian for User Services well in advance to arrange for permission.

CIC (Big 10)

Faculty, Students

Borrowing (Faculty)

Access (Graduate Students & Undergraduate students)

Faculty and graduate students should visit the ID & Privileges Office for a CIC library card.
Undergraduate students can present a valid UChicago Card at CIC libraries for access.
The Library has a separate reciprocal borrowing agreement with Northwestern University Libraries.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing

Faculty

Borrowing

Visit the ID & Privileges Office for a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Card.

RLG/SHARES On Site Access

Faculty, Students, Professional Library Staff

Access

Present a valid UChicago Card at the SHARES library.
To determine the exact level of access, please contact the SHARES library ahead of your visit.

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Northwestern University Libraries

Library Cards

Loan Periods and Policies

See Northwestern's Library Policies page for more information about Northwestern libraries.

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University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Libraries

See UIC Library Services page for more information about UIC libraries.

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Hyde Park Seminaries

University of Chicago faculty, students, and benefits eligible staff may obtain borrowing privileges at Hyde Park Seminaries by presenting a UChicago Card at the appropriate library. For specific policies at each library, see the chart below.

Seminary LibraryBorrowing Policies
Bechtold Library
(Catholic Theological Union)
25 concurrent item limit; privileges must be renewed quarterly.
Bechtold Library policies apply to all books borrowed from the library.
Lapp Learning Commons
(Chicago Theological Seminary)
25 concurrent item limit; privileges must be renewed quarterly
Lapp Learning Commons policies apply to all books borrowed from the library.
Due to limited space, University of Chicago users are asked not to use the Lapp Learning Commons as a place to study.
JKM Library
(Lutheran School of Theology / McCormick Theological Seminary)
Length of Borrowing Period -
Current faculty: 365 days, with 1 renewal
PhD students: 91 days, with 2 renewals
All other students, academics, adjunct and emeritus faculty: 21 days, with 2 renewals.
Wiggin Library
(Meadville Lombard Seminary)

25 concurrent item limit; privileges must be renewed quarterly.
Wiggin Library policies apply to all books borrowed from the library.



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Other Academic and Research Libraries

University of Chicago users may also be eligible for privileges at other academic and research libraries with whom the Library does not have a reciprocal agreement. Please contact the library you wish to visit directly to determine their access policies for visiting researchers from other universities. If another library requires a letter or other documentation from the University of Chicago Library, you may request such documentation by contacting the ID & Privileges Office.

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