Members of the Public

The University of Chicago Library welcomes members of the public who would like to consult our collections for research purposes.

To do so, visit the the ID & Privileges Office during its hours to explain your research needs and obtain a day pass. Bring a driver's license or other government-issued photo ID as identification.

Members of the public will be granted up to seven visits per calendar year, and may apply for privileges to conduct extended research.

If you have questions before your visit, contact the ID & Privileges Office.

Researchers from other Institutions

Researchers affiliated with another university should consult our information on faculty, students, staff from other institutions.

Access for Minors

In conformance with the University's policies regarding minors on campus, anyone under the age of 18 must generally be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or teacher when in Library buildings.

Additional Policies for Crerar, D'Angelo, and Special Collections

The John Crerar Library offers additional access to researchers needing to consult its collections. For more information, see Visiting Crerar.

For information about access to the D'Angelo Law Library, see Access to the D'Angelo Law Library.

For information about access to the Special Collections Research Center, see Visiting the Special Collections Research Center.

Extended Scholarly Research

Members of the public who wish to conduct extended research using the University of Chicago Library collections may apply for extended privileges by emailing a statement of purpose to ipo@uchicago.edu or by mailing a written statement of purpose to the ID & Privileges Office.

If the Library approves the request, the person may purchase Access Privileges for $25 per week or $100 per quarter.

Researchers must bring a current photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office in order to establish extended scholarly research privileges.

U.S. Government Documents

The University of Chicago Library is a depository for U.S. government publications. Depository documents may be consulted by the public. Please see below for building access information.

  • To access government documents located at the Joseph Regenstein Library and the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, please visit the ID & Privileges Office.
  • To access government documents located at the D'Angelo Law Library, please visit D'Angelo Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
  • To access government documents located at the John Crerar Library, please visit during the the visitor hours listed on our library hours page. See Visiting Crerar for more information.

To request access at times other than those listed, or to find out if the Library holds the documents you wish to consult, contact us via Ask A Librarian.

Visit our Guide to Government Documents at the University of Chicago Library for more information.

Other Depository Libraries

If the University of Chicago Library does not hold the documents you need, you may want to consult other depositories in the state of Illinois. The GPO maintains a page to locate Federal Depository libraries.

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 Computers and Wireless.

Services for Users with Disabilities

If you need assistance to access our collections, see Services for Users with Disabilities.

Creating and Sustaining a Scholarly Environment

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.