COVID-19 Information for Visitors
Regenstein, Mansueto, Crerar, and Eckhart libraries are open to visitors.
The University of Chicago Library welcomes visitors to its spaces and to consult its collections. We also want to ensure any visit to the Library is enjoyable, welcoming, and safe.
In order to provide broad yet safe access to all, visitors to the University of Chicago Library, including alumni and researchers affiliated with other academic institutions, will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a recent COVID-19 test, consistent with University policies and protocols for visitors.
The COVID-19 environment is dynamic, and these health & safety protocols could change as the public health situation evolves. Visitors are encouraged to check this page before coming to campus.
Before Your Visit
See Visitors to the Library for more information about the kinds of access the Library offers.
If you have questions about accessing the Library before your visit, contact the ID & Privileges Office.
Visit the ID & Privileges Office
All visitors must visit the ID & Privileges Office in the outer lobby of Regenstein when the ID & Privileges Office is open to present proof of vaccination, proof of a positive COVID-19 test result dated in past 14-90 days, or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to being given a visitor pass or ongoing card access to the University of Chicago Library.
Beginning November 1, visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve a time to meet with ID & Privileges Staff in order to reduce the time required to provide access. However, reservations are not required.
ID & Privileges Office Hours
The ID & Privileges Office is typically open during the following hours:
- Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 6 pm
- Friday: 8:30am – 5 pm
- Saturday: 9am – 1 pm
For hours on specific days, please consult the ID & Privileges Office hours.
Proof of Vaccination or Recent COVID-19 Test
All visitors must provide upon arrival:
- A valid, government-issued photo ID
- Verbal confirmation of not having experienced any COVID-19 symptoms during the days leading up to and including the period of visit
- One of the following:
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (digital pictures, verification apps, and copies are acceptable) using a vaccine authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Full vaccination is reached two weeks after a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
- A recent negative COVID-19 test (dated within the last 72 hours)
- A positive COVID-19 test dated 14-90 days prior to visit with verbal affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms
Documents must be in or translated to English. Responsibility rests on visitors to provide convincing evidence of meeting these requirements to the ID & Privileges Office staff.
ID & Privileges Office staff will inspect the documents when presented but will not log or save any personal medical information or images of documents.
Length of Access
Proof of full vaccination is required to have ongoing access using a Campus Card. All other visitors will need to come to the ID & Privileges Office at the start of each visit to present their test results and receive a pass for the day.
Minors aged 2-18 may visit the Library in the company of a parent, guardian or teacher and are required to provide proof of vaccination or proof a COVID-19 test result as outlined above.
Minors under 2 years of age are not required to test for COVID-19 and do not need a visitor pass.
Children enrolled at University Laboratory and Charter Schools and attending in-person classes can be considered to have met the University’s vaccination and testing requirements.
Information about Specific Library Locations
The above applies to all Library locations open to visitors. See below for information about specific locations.
Visitor passes can be issued by Crerar staff for the specific use of the Crerar Library only an extended period of time based upon proof of vaccination. Visitor passes issued based on proof of a COVID-19 test will be issued for the day only.
The D’Angelo Law Library is restricted to current University of Chicago Law School students, faculty, and staff only.
Visitors who wish to visit Eckhart Library must be issued a Visitor Pass or Campus Card from the ID & Privileges Office in Regenstein.
Anyone without card access to Eckhart Hall should come to the front door of the building on the quad and call 773-702-8778 to be admitted.
Visitors who wish to visit Mansueto must be issued a Visitor Pass or Campus Card from the ID & Privileges Office in Regenstein.
Visitors who wish to visit Regenstein must be issued a Visitor Pass or Campus Card from the ID & Privileges Office in Regenstein.
The Social Work Library is restricted to current Crown Family School students, faculty, and staff only.
The Hannah Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center is currently open by appointment only. On the day of your appointment, please leave time to visit the ID & Privileges Office to be issued visitor pass prior to your appointment.