COVID-19 Information for Visitors

Regenstein, Mansueto, Crerar, and Eckhart libraries 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, consistent with University policies and protocols.

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.

COVID-19 protocols in Library buildings

Everyone in library buildings is expected to follow the current University of Chicago COVID-19 health requirements.

Masks recommended

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

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 (as detailed below) prior to being given a visitor pass or ongoing card access to the University of Chicago Library.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve a time to meet with ID & Privileges Staff in order to reduce any wait times. 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

For hours on specific days, please consult the ID & Privileges Office hours.

Proof of Vaccination

All visitors must provide upon arrival:

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.

Minors

Minors aged 2-18 may visit the Library in the company of a parent, guardian or teacher and those 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of vaccination as outlined above.

Minors under 5 years of age are not required to provide proof of vaccination and those under 2 years of age 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 requirements.

Information about Specific Library Locations

The above applies to all Library locations open to visitors. See below for information about specific locations.

Crerar

Visitor passes can be issued by Crerar staff for the specific use of the Crerar Library only for an extended period of time based upon proof of vaccination.

D’Angelo Law

The D’Angelo Law Library is restricted to current University of Chicago Law School students, faculty, and staff only.

Eckhart

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.

Mansueto

Visitors who wish to visit Mansueto must be issued a Visitor Pass or Campus Card from the ID & Privileges Office in Regenstein.

Regenstein

Visitors who wish to visit Regenstein must be issued a Visitor Pass or Campus Card from the ID & Privileges Office in Regenstein.

Social Work

The Social Work Library is restricted to current Crown Family School students, faculty, and staff only.

Special Collections

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.