Visiting Crerar 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.

We are not offering access for unaffiliated researchers, unaffiliated medical students, or corporate members at this time.

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The John Crerar Library is the science library of the University of Chicago, and has collections in physical, biological, medical, and technological sciences. For help with our collections ahead of your visit, ask a science librarian.


Crerar Library is located at 5730 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. For Crerar's location relative to the rest of campus, see the Map Detail for the John Crerar Library.

The Library collections and study space are located on the west side of the lower level, while the reference librarian offices and Kathleen A. Zar Room and GIS Hub are located on the north end of the 1st floor. For information about access to these spaces, see "Who can visit the Library?" below.


For information about Crerar's Building and Circulation hours, see Libraries & Hours.

Who Can Visit the Library?

Crerar Library primarily serves students, staff, and faculty at the University of Chicago and UC Medical Center. While we do allow access to unaffiliated researchers, we are not a Chicago Public Library.

The building is also home to the Department of Computer Science, the Media Arts, Data and Design Center (MADD), the Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL), PSD Graphic Arts, and Peaches Cafe @ University. For information about visiting these departments, contact them directly.

Unaffiliated Researchers

The John Crerar Library provides access to unaffiliated researchers who need to consult specific books, journals, or other resources available in Crerar's collection. First time researchers can fill out the John Crerar Library Visitor Access Form either from home or at the library. We require a valid government-issued ID and a list of the specific resources you require. Once we've confirmed that we meet your research needs, you can access the library during the Crerar Local Researcher hours listed on Libraries and Hours. If you have additional questions, use the Contact Circulation form or call 773-702-7409.

Unaffiliated Medical Students

Crerar Library provides access to unaffiliated medical students and residents working at local hospitals or scheduled to take the USMLE. To obtain a pass to the library, all users must bring a government-issued ID and either a current hospital ID or a USMLE scheduling permit with their eligibility dates to the library during the Crerar Circulation/Reserve hours listed on Libraries and Hours.

First time users should fill out the John Crerar Library Visitor Access Form at home or in the library; students who have gotten a pass from Crerar previously and need a new one can come to Crerar Library during the circulation/reserve hours with both forms of identification listed above. For questions about these policies, please reach us via Contact Circulation or call 773-702-7409.

Corporate Members

Crerar Library offers a corporate membership to allow companies and non-profit organizations access to the collection and resources of the University of Chicago Library. The annual cost of a membership is:

  • Nonprofit - $650
  • For-Profit - $1250

Services available to Corporate Members

  • Access to all campus libraries during regular building hours
  • Borrowing from any of our circulating collections
  • On-site access to electronic resources (remote access is not available to corporate members)
  • Individual consultations with reference librarians by appointment
  • A reduced cost for scanned documents and free delivery of physical loans provided through our Interlibrary loan department

For information about joining the Crerar Library Corporate Member program, contact us at Staff and affiliates of current Crerar Corporate Members are able to access all campus libraries using cards provided as part of corporate membership. For alternate access, or information about computer or wireless access on campus, please visit the Crerar Library circulation desk during circulation hours (see Libraries and Hours) or email