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Library Mission Statement

The UIC University Library is central to the intellectual life of the University. The Library supports, enhances, and collaborates in the education, research and service activities of the University by:

  • Ensuring that faculty, students, and other users have access to a broad and diversified range of scholarly resources, both through its own rich collection of materials and through its collaborations with other institutions;
  • Collecting, organizing, disseminating, and preserving rare and unique scholarly and institutional resources for the use of scholars and researchers worldwide;
  • Providing expertise that fosters discovery and collaborative learning;
  • Supporting and collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, and practice;
  • Instructing students as they pursue learning and research to ensure that they acquire information competencies that will be of value throughout their personal and professional lives;
  • Conducting original research that contributes to the overall understanding of library and information science; and
  • Engaging in outreach to the community. Through a process of continuous evaluation and improvement, the Library strives to meet the highest standards of excellence in service to the University and the community.

Library Profile

The University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago supports the teaching, research and service mission of the university.  It serves an urban campus of more than 29,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff as well as the Chicago metropolitan area and the State of Illinois.

The Library has 2.3 million volumes and 61,000 journal titles, most of which are available online.

The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago evolved from a reading room within the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago in the late 1800s to a freestanding facility at its current location dedicated in 1974. The collection includes serial titles, monographs, and audio visual materials on medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology, and other health-related professions.  Its special collections include the History of Nursing and Pharmacy Collection, the Kiefer Collection (urology), the Percival Bailey Library (neurology) and the Nyhus Collection (gastroenterology). There are health sciences libraries in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana serving the UIC health sciences colleges in those cities. 

The Richard J. Daley Library collections cover the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering.  Special Collections and University Archives houses rare books and printed materials, manuscript collections, and university archives, specializing in the history of Chicago.


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University of Illinois at Chicago Quick Facts

History of the University of Illinois at Chicago

Library Strategic Plan

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