Access to UChicago Dissertations

Please do not hesitate to Ask the Dissertation Office for assistance. We welcome your questions.

How do I access University of Chicago Dissertations?

Many of our recent dissertations are open access works, available in Knowledge@UChicago, our digital repository. Current University of Chicago users can access almost all recent dissertations through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ University of Chicago, including those that are not available in Knowledge@UChicago.

Older dissertations are held in the Library and are also available through ProQuest. Our guide to finding dissertations explains how to locate them.

Non-affiliated users have several options.

  • Many dissertations are freely available in Knowledge@UChicago and sometimes through ProQuest.
  • Your local library may have access through one of ProQuest's subscription databases.
  • Interlibrary Loan staff will provide digital copies if available.
  • Print copies of most dissertations written before Summer 2009 are available through Interlibrary Loan if we have print copies in good condition.
  • Most dissertations are available for purchase through ProQuest.

Library Catalog Records

Library Catalog

  • The Library holds a paper copy of most early University of Chicago dissertations, 1893-June 2009. Some are online through our digital preservation program.
  • Borrow bound dissertations just as you would a book.
  • If a dissertation is in Mansueto, place your request from the library catalog record.
  • Since June 2009, our dissertations are online only.
  • Catalog records include links to digital copies.

ProQuest Records

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

  • PQDT Global includes records for most of our dissertations plus full text when available.
  • PQDT Global contains full text for most dissertations completed after 1997 and for many earlier dissertations.
  • Recent dissertations appear within 12 weeks after graduation.
  • University of Chicago authors may delay access to the full text for 6 months, one year, or two years, but not indefinitely.
  • PQDT Global is a subscription database that may be available through your local library if you do not have access through ours.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ University of Chicago

  • This subset of PQDT Global includes records for works from the University of Chicago only, as well as full text when available.

Open Access Dissertations


Open Access Theses and Dissertations provides access to the dissertations in Knowledge@UChicago, as does Google Scholar.


  • Many of our open access dissertations are available online through this open access database.

ProQuest & Open Access

  • Digital copies of some of our dissertations are freely available through the ProQuest platform.

Borrow a Dissertation


  • Borrow a dissertation just as you would a book.
  • If a dissertation is in Mansueto, place your request from the library catalog record.

Interlibrary Loan Lending

  • Place interlibrary loan requests through your library for our dissertations.

Buy a Dissertation

Buy a Dissertation

  • Order online from ProQuest or call 1-800-521-3042.
  • Please Ask the Dissertation Office if a University of Chicago dissertation does not appear to be available from ProQuest.
  • We will be happy to provide additional assistance.
  • You may wish to contact your librarian for more options.