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Visitor services

All library locations are open to anyone, though some restrictions apply if you are not affiliated with UIC. Visitors can use books and other materials and services (such as research help) in person during most of the hours the library locations are open.

Visiting library locations

Photo ID is required during certain hours that the library is open. Check the hours for your library location.

Using computers

Visitor research computers are available at all library locations that you can use to access online journals, e-books and databases. Bring a flash drive for downloading online materials. Photocopiers and scanners are available for making copies of print materials.

Learn more about using computers in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana 

Checking out materials

Visitors cannot check out materials without a UIC Library account. Individuals and corporate employees who are not otherwise affiliated with UIC can become members of the University Library.

Become an individual or corporate member

Visiting Special Collections and University Archives

If you would like to use special collections, rare books, manuscripts, maps or the University Archives, make an appointment for your visit in advance. Because materials are stored in a variety of locations — some of them off-site — it may take several work days to retrieve needed items.

Learn more about visiting Special Collections and University Archives