Access & Privileges

Access to the D'Angelo Law Library

The D'Angelo Law Library is open to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Chicago and Medical Center as well as their accompanied guests. On weekends, and after 5:00 p.m. weekdays, during D'Angelo Law Library hours of operation, students, faculty, and staff must have their UChicago Cards, University of Chicago Library card, or University Medical Center ID, or be accompanied by their host bearing such identification.

Lawyers and judges may be admitted by presenting a bar card or court identification.

Law students from other Chicago area law schools (Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, and Northwestern) may be admitted by presenting their law school ID.

Other researchers are welcome to consult D'Angelo's unique collections by prior arrangement. Please contact the Director of the D'Angelo Law Library in advance of your visit.

D'Angelo Law Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to use government documents is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code). The federal depository documents collection is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Access to the other Chicago Law Libraries for University of Chicago Law School Students

University of Chicago law students may study at the libraries of other Chicago area law schools: Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, Northwestern. To borrow books from any of these libraries, consult a reference librarian at the University of Chicago Library to request items through Interlibrary Loan. Other Chicago area law schools may restrict access to their libraries during exam periods. University of Chicago Law School students who wish to use other law libraries during the summer should check with the Director of the D'Angelo Law Library well in advance to arrange for permission. Law school libraries in most large cities are not open to the public.

Access to D'Angelo Law Library During Reading and Finals Periods

To accommodate Law Students who will be preparing final papers and completing take-home exams in the building, there will be limited access to the D'Angelo Law Library for non-law students during the Law School's reading and exam periods each quarter. During these periods, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the University community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. We recognize that a number of students from other divisions have ongoing research needs in our library and they will continue to have access during the limited period of restricted access. In addition, all non-law students who are taking law school classes will have access to our library.

Those individuals who are staffing D'Angelo's front desk downstairs will be asking non-law students to present ID to verify that they are on the list of students enrolled in law school classes. Those students will be admitted automatically, as will any student who indicates that he or she needs to see a reference librarian or needs access to our legal materials. Non-law students who will have an ongoing need to use our library during the limited access period will be instructed to contact either the Dean of Students Office (773-702-3955), D'Angelo's Associate Director for User Services, Ariel Scotese ( or 773-702-9616) or the Director of the D'Angelo Law Library, Sheri Lewis ( or 773-702-9614) before being added to the approved list.

As a general matter, we will make every effort to ensure that the library is maintained as a quiet study space. If any student has a concern about noise in the library, we ask that they contact a library staff member at either the circulation desk (773-702-0213) or the reference desk (773-702-9631) so the problem may be addressed.

Please contact Ariel Scotese, the Associate Director for User Services ( or Sheri Lewis, Director of the Law Library (, with questions or concerns.