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Using the University of Chicago Library

UIC faculty may have access and borrowing privileges at all University of Chicago libraries: Regenstein, Social Service Administration (SSA), D' Angelo Law, Crerar, and Eckhart.

How to Apply

Eligible UIC faculty may apply at the Richard J. Daley Library Circulation Desk or via e-mail to An authorized UIC Library Identification card can be mailed or picked up by visiting the circulation desk. This card, along with a valid i-card, should be presented to staff in the Privileges Office in the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago.

  • Regenstein Library: 1100 East 57th Street
  • Privileges Office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:30am-7:00pm; Friday 8:30am-5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm. Hours are shorter during intersession periods.
  • Privileges Office telephone number is (773) 702-8782.

Borrowing Privileges and Renewals

UIC faculty may borrow most regularly-circulating items for 16 weeks from D'Angelo Law, Eckhart, Regenstein, and SSA; and for 4 weeks from Crerar. Renewals may be made over the web via the Borrower Information function in University of Chicago's online catalog, via e-mail, or in person. Telephone renewal requests are not accepted. After three renewals, items must be returned or, if still needed, taken back to the University of Chicago for re-charging in person.

Borrowers incur overdue fines and lost-book charges for books not renewed or returned in a timely fashion. Lost-book charges vary by item and by library. Books may be recalled at any time. Unresolved problems may result in the loss of borrowing privileges.

Books borrowed from the University of Chicago may be returned to any UIC library site. Allow 7 calendar days of transit to avoid overdue charges on materials if returning items through UIC Library.

Non-borrowing Arrangements

Simple access to the University of Chicago Library is afforded with the i-card for non-tenure track UIC faculty. Graduate and undergraduate students may obtain an Info Pass from the Richard J. Daley Library Reference desk. The Info Pass grants admittance to the University of Chicago’s libraries but does not grant borrowing privileges. Users must demonstrate that the University of Chicago is the only Chicago library to have holdings of a particular material in order to apply for an Info Pass.

Graduate and undergraduate students must obtain a supporting letter from either their Faculty Advisor or Library Director.  Such letters should indicate that the student is currently enrolled at UIC, whether the student is a graduate or undergraduate, and confirm that the student needs to consult the collection for research (preferably by indicating the specific collections or subject areas the student wishes to consult).

Non-tenure track faculty and students may request materials from the University of Chicago libraries via Interlibrary Loan.  For more information about this service, see