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Library discontinues original photography services

The Library will discontinue its original photography service during the Fall 2016 semester. Our photographers will complete any photo assignments currently scheduled and continue to provide photography for the ongoing clinic and portrait sessions through December 2016, or until new arrangements are made.

We have stopped accepting new photography assignment requests as of July 21, 2016. If you need photography services, you can use the iBuy system to identify photographers who have previously worked with the University.

Find photographers for hire in iBuy

  • Sign into iBuy¬†with your UIC netID and password.
  • Select the browse by: “Suppliers” link (near top of page)
  • Click the “Click to expand Search for Supplier filter” link (near top of page)
  • Type “photog” in the search box. The search results will include all businesses with “photog” in their names.

We recommend that you check the photographer’s website for their location and portfolio, as iBuy is used at all University of Illinois campuses.

Why the change?

This change will enable the Library to dedicate our skills and resources to increasing the scope and reach of our digital collections. For many years, both photography and digitization have been conducted via the same offices, staff, and equipment. The staff have done extraordinary work balancing two distinct services that often compete for their time, and significant portions of the Library’s unique collections have been made available for use any time, anywhere. The demand for digital access to these collections has continued to grow, while funding for staff and equipment has not kept pace with that demand.

Over the course of the next year we will be implementing fundamental improvements to our digitization services, enabling us to make our collections more widely available, to better respond to grant opportunities, and to provide the increased level of digitization service expected of a modern library.

Photo Archive

The Library will continue to serve as the photo archive for UIC campus life and history. Our archives contain tens of thousands of images from Navy Pier to the current campus construction to the present day. We will work to consolidate and expand digital access to that archive, and we will continue to offer high-resolution digital and print reproductions of those images for purchase.

We recognize the valuable service that the photographers have provided to the campus in documenting its events, activities, and community. We look forward to working with them to make the Library’s unique resources more widely available to the campus and Chicago community.

If you have any questions please call 312-413-7463 or email uicphoto@uic.edu.

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