Alumni of the University of Chicago

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

Visitors to the Library are required to follow the University’s current COVID-19 guidance. For details, see UChicago Campus Visitor Information.

Before your visit

  • Review the University’s required safety precautions
  • Conduct a personal health assessment on the day of your visit and prior to visiting
  • Pack a face covering and hand sanitizer to use as may be required while visiting

Masks recommended

The University recommends that individuals wear a mask in indoor settings when others are present.

Vaccines encouraged

The University encourages everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity, including visitors to campus.

The University of Chicago Library offers alumni of the University access to 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.

Accessing Campus Libraries

All University of Chicago graduates are eligible for access to the Library free of charge and have the option to purchase borrowing privileges. To obtain a library card after graduation, please visit the ID & Privileges Office in person.

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 and have the option to purchase borrowing privileges once they have obtained their University of Chicago Alumni Association card.

To renew existing access privileges, please visit the ID & Privileges Office in person.

Access Restricted at D'Angelo Law and Social Work Libraries

Access to D'Angelo Law Library is restricted to current Law School students, faculty, and staff. All other users may request access to the D'Angelo Law Library collection by pre-arranged appointment only.

The Social Work Library is open only to current Crown School faculty, students, and staff. Alumni and other visitors may request Social Work materials via the “Need help” link in the Library Catalog.

Accessing Electronic Resources

Alumni may access most of the Library’s electronic resources only while in Library buildings, due to site licensing agreements. 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 printing using their CNetID. Alumni who do not already have a CNetID can claim a CNetID online.

See Computers & Wireless for more information.


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 Received Per Quarter Per Year
Within previous year $50 $175
More than one year ago $75 $250

Limitations to Alumni Borrowing Privileges

Purchasing borrowing privileges does not give alumni off-campus access to subscription services, due to site-licensing agreements. However, access to a group of specially licensed databases is available online from off-campus locations, regardless of borrowing privileges.

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

Renewing Alumni Borrowing Privileges

You can renew borrowing privileges in person by visiting the ID & Privileges Office to submit your payment in person

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 in person.

Privileges must be renewed annually in person by visiting the ID & Privileges Office.

Guests of Alumni

Alumni are welcome to bring guests with them to the Library by requesting a visitor pass.

To request a visitor pass, alumni and their guest(s) must visit the ID & Privileges Office.

Visitor 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.