SHARES On-Site Access

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.

Faculty, students, and professional library staff at SHARES institutions are eligible for access privileges.

See SHARES On-Site Access for a list of institutions.

To establish privileges, bring a current Institutional ID and a government-issued photo ID to the ID & Privileges Office.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is excluded from this agreement; users affiliated with the SAIC are eligible for privileges as described in Privileges for Researchers from Any Academic Institution.

Electronic Resources, Library Computers, & Wireless

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 and the uchicago wireless network to access electronic resources. Visitors need to request guest credentials for Library computers and wireless access from the ID & Privileges Office.

See Computers and Wireless for more information.

Services for Users with Disabilities

See Services for Users with Disabilities if you need assistance in accessing our collections.

Maintaining a Scholarly Environment

We expect all users to abide by all Library policies, including those listed in Maintaining a Scholarly Environment.

As a private institution, the University of Chicago Library reserves the right to bar anyone from any or all parts of its premises. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior or any other violations of Library policies may result in suspension of visitor access.