Access & Privileges for Faculty, Students, and Staff from Other Institutions

If you are a researcher from another academic institution with a legitimate research need, there are several ways you can access the University of Chicago Library.

Many academic institutions have special privileges with our Library. To determine if you are a member of an affiliated institution, see the table below for Privileges for Researchers from Affiliated Institutions.

If you are a researcher from an other academic institution, see the table further down the page for Privileges for Researchers from Unaffiliated Institutions.

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


Privileges for Researchers from Affiliated Institutions

Users affiliated with the following groups may have special privileges at the University of Chicago Library. To determine if your institution is a member of the CIC (Big Ten), OCLC, or RLG/SHARES agreements, click on their names below to see membership lists. Access privileges grant entry to all campus libraries during regular building hours unless otherwise stated, while specific borrowing privileges depend on the affiliation. For users who are eligible for borrowing privileges, see our Borrowing Policies page for more information.  

AffiliationWho is eligible?What kind of privileges?Action Needed

Northwestern University

Faculty, Students, Benefits Eligible Staff

Borrowing

To receive a borrowing card immediately, visit the ID & Privileges Office.
To pick up a card from the Northwestern Main Library Privileges office, complete the University of Chicago Patron Card Request or visit the Northwestern Main Library Privileges office. Cards are available 5-7 days after submitting a request.

Northwestern borrowers may return University of Chicago Library books to the Northwestern Main Library Circulation desk. However, books will not be checked in until they reach the University of Chicago Library, and patrons are responsible for any overdue fines that may accrue due to transit time (approximately 7 calendar days).

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Tenure-Track Faculty

Borrowing

Obtain an authorized UIC Faculty Library ID though the UIC Richard J. Daley Library  then bring it and your UIC ID (i-card) to the ID & Privileges Office.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Graduate Students

Access

Obtain an authorized UIC Graduate Student Library ID through the UIC Richard J. Daley Library then bring it and your UIC ID (i-card) to the ID & Privileges Office.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Undergraduate Students

Access

Obtain an authorized UIC Undergraduate Student Library ID through the UIC Richard J. Daley Library then bring it and your UIC ID (i-card) to the ID & Privileges Office.

Hyde Park Seminaries

Faculty, Students, Benefits Eligible Staff

Borrowing

Chicago Theological Seminary users must present a current CTS photo ID. Students from all other Hyde Park Seminaries, as well as Faculty and Staff from the Catholic Theological Union, must bring a valid ACTS Card to the ID & Privileges Office. Other users must present a current photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.

Hyde Park Seminaries include Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Meadville Lombard Seminary.

Chicago Area Law Schools

Law School Students and Faculty

Access to the D'Angelo Law Library

Students and faculty from the following law schools may access the D'Angelo Law Library by showing a valid ID:
Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, Northwestern.
Please note that access is limited during reading period and exam period.

University of Chicago Laboratory School

Students

Quarterly Borrowing: 25 concurrent item limit

Sophomore, junior, and senior students enrolled at the Lab School can apply for borrowing privileges by filling out an application with a Lab School Librarian. Freshmen students are eligible under special circumstances, if approved by a Lab School librarian. Once approved, bring your student ID to the ID & Privileges Office. For more information see Services for the University Laboratory School.

CIC (Big 10)

Faculty

Quarterly Borrowing

Obtain a CIC Borrowing Card from home library, then bring it and a photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.

CIC (Big 10)

Graduate Students

Access

Obtain a CIC Card from home library, then bring it and a photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.

CIC (Big 10)

Undergraduate Students

Access

Obtain a letter from the director of the home library, stating the intended use of the collection and confirming status as an enrolled student in good standing. Bring it and a photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.

BorrowDirect
(Ivies Plus)

Faculty, Students, Benefits Eligible Staff

Quarterly Borrowing

Users must present a current photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office and confirm eligibility by logging in to their institution's BorrowDirect My Account. Privileges are valid through the current academic quarter only and must be renewed each successive quarter by visiting the ID & Privileges Office.

Participating institutions include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing

Faculty

Quarterly Borrowing

Obtain a reciprocal borrowing card from home library, then bring it and a photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.

RLG/SHARES On Site Access

Faculty, Students, Professional Library Staff

Access

Bring a current Institutional ID and photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is excluded from this agreement; users affiliated with the SAIC are not automatically eligible for privileges. See below for information about Privileges for Researchers from Unaffiliated Institutions.


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Privileges for Researchers from Unaffiliated Institutions

Faculty and students from academic institutions that don't qualify for Privileges for Researchers from Affiliated Institutions may still be eligible for some privileges at the University of Chicago Library in order to research using our collections. All researchers from other institutions must have a photo ID and valid institutional ID for access to the library.

 

AffiliationAccess PrivilegesBorrowing PrivilegesNotes

Faculty: Tenured and Tenure Track

Quarterly Access Privileges

Available for purchase: $200/Quarter

Borrowing privileges are limited to 25 concurrent items.

Faculty: Adjunct, Part-Time, or Non-Tenure Track

Day pass for single day entry: no limit per quarter

none

Day passes can be issued at Regenstein or Crerar.

Students from within Chicago area

Requires an InfoPass from another library

none

Students doing extended research at The University of Chicago Library may be able to purchase weekly or quarterly access privileges.

Students outside Chicago area

Day pass for single day entry: limit of 5 per quarter

none

Day passes can be issued at Regenstein or Crerar.
Students doing extended research at The University of Chicago Library may be able to purchase weekly or quarterly access privileges.


Extended Research

Students from any institution wanting to conduct extended research using the University of Chicago Library collections may be able to purchase access privileges. To apply for extended privileges, mail a written statement to the ID & Privileges Office outlining the nature of your research and demonstrating a need for our specific collections. The letter should also outline any institutional affiliations you might have and the period in which you hope to conduct your research here.

If approved, you may purchase 7 consecutive days of access for $25 or quarterly access for $100. Once on campus, you will need to provide proof of registration and a photo ID at the ID & Privileges Office.

Accessing Electronic Resources

Visitors may access the Library’s electronic resources only while in Library buildings, due to site licensing agreements. While in Library buildings, visitors may use Library computers or the Library’s wireless network to access electronic resources and networked printing. For more information, see Computer Access for Visitors.

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