Information for Visitors

Visitors are Welcome!

The Library supports study and teaching at the University. Central to our mission are the excellent collections we develop, the excellent information we provide, the excellent services we offer, and the environments we create. The distinctive rare book, manuscript and archival holdings of the Special Collections Research Center are available for your research.

Access and Policies

Access and services available depend on your research needs, or your affiliation with another institution. For details, see our Access and Privileges pages. If you are a first-time visitor, we encourage you to contact the ID and Privileges Office before your visit; staff will help you determine what collections and services are available to you and how to establish access.

Library catalogs and archival finding aids are available to help you search our collections.

When in the libraries, you will be able to use most of electronic resources to which we subscribe. For more information, please see Computer Access for Visitors. Access to these resources from off-campus is available only to current University of Chicago faculty, students and staff.

Contact a Librarian

If you would like information about the University of Chicago Library's collections or services, we are happy to assist you!

Borrowing Books and Other Materials

You may borrow books, DVDs, CDs and other materials if your library has a reciprocal agreement with the University of Chicago Library.

Library Tours

Library tours are available for prospective graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars by request. Visit the Library's tour page for more information.

If you would like to arrange for a tour for an elementary or high school group, please view our guide to Library Programs for School Groups.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The University of Chicago's Visiting the University site provides maps and directions to campus, transportation and parking options, as well as suggestions for accommodations, dining, and shopping in Hyde Park.

Visitor parking is available for a fee at the Ellis Avenue Parking Garage (55th and Ellis). The Garage and other University parking lots are free to visitors on weekends and after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays; evening visitors to SSA or Law may find it easier to park in one of the South Campus lots. Free parking is available on the street, but can be difficult to find during the day.

Our Library Locations map provides a quick and handy guide to the locations of our six campus libraries. Our Campus Libraries page provides more detailed information about each library, including links to maps and floorplans.

More Information

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