Visitors to the Library


ALERT: Library Spaces Closed to Patrons

All Library spaces are currently closed to patrons except for the Regenstein lobby pickup area.

Only patrons with scheduled appointments for on-site services may enter the outer lobby of Regenstein.

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Members of the Public

Members of the public may access the University of Chicago Library for up to seven days per calendar year, and may apply for privileges to conduct extended research.

To obtain a visitor pass, visit the ID & Privileges Office during its hours and present a valid driver's license or other government-issued photo ID as identification.

Members of the public are not eligible for borrowing privileges.

Current University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff have priority access to Library collections, spaces, computers, and staff resources; members of the public may be asked to limit use when resources are in high demand.

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

Access for Minors

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

Some minors in authorized University programs, classes, or groups are exempted from this policy.

See the University's policies regarding minors on campus for more information.

Alumni and other UChicago Affiliates

Alumni and members of some University and Library groups are eligible for additional privileges, including, in some cases, borrowing privileges.

Consult the categories below or contact the ID & Privileges Office to determine your eligibility.

Faculty, Students, and Staff from other Academic Institutions

The Library welcomes faculty, students, and staff from other academic institutions to use our collections onsite.

In addition, many academic institutions have established agreements with the Library. Faculty, students, and staff from those academic institutions may be eligible for additional privileges, including, in some cases, borrowing privileges.

Consult Faculty, students, staff from other institutions to determine your eligibility.

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

Some University of Chicago campus libraries have additional policies regarding access for members of the public.

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 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.

Library Computers, Wireless Networks, and Electronic Resources

While in Library buildings, visitors may use Library computers or the Library’s wireless network to access electronic resources and networked printing.

Visitors may access the Library’s electronic resources only while in Library buildings, due to site licensing agreements.

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.