Visiting Crerar Library

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

Regenstein, Mansueto, Crerar, and Eckhart libraries are open to visitors.

In order to provide broad yet safe access to all, visitors to the University of Chicago Library, including alumni, guests and family members of UChicago faculty, students, and staff, as well as researchers affiliated with other academic institutions, will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test.

See COVID-19 Information for Visitors for more information.

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.

The John Crerar Library is the science library of the University of Chicago, and has collections in physical, biological, medical, and technological sciences.

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.


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. Once in the building, the Crerar collection and circulation desk are on the lower level.


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

Who Can Visit the Library?

All visitors to the lower level Crerar Library space will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, consistent with University policies and protocols. For information about what documentation is acceptable, please see COVID-19 Information for Visitors. Visitors who only need access to Crerar Library, such as researchers making use of Crerar's collections or unaffiliated medical students, should come straight to the Crerar circulation desk instead of the ID & Privileges Office. For questions about access, please ask at

Unaffiliated Researchers

Researchers not affiliated with the University of Chicago who have identified books or other resources available in the Crerar Library can visit the library from 9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday, and Noon to 5pm Saturday, with the last sign-in at 4:30pm. Bring the documentation listed on COVID-19 Information for Visitors directly to the Crerar circulation desk for access.

Unaffiliated Medical Students and Residents

Unaffiliated med students and residents studying for a UCMLE Step exam or working at a local hospital can study at Crerar during regular building hours. In addition to the documentation listed on COVID-19 Information for Visitors, you will need to show a schedule permit for the exam or a photo ID from the hospital where you're employed.

Corporate Members

While Crerar corporate members will not be able to use their corporate member card to enter the libraries, members who meet the requirements listed on COVID-19 Information for Visitors will have the ability to get a pass for the day; contact for more information on how to obtain a pass.