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Fall Semester Update

Library operations

The UIC University Library buildings, except the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences – Rockford, will remain open through Wed., Nov. 25, with the reservation system in effect. We will reassess operations after the Thanksgiving break.

Online reference assistance is available during regular hours. Contact us through the Library website for reference help.

LHS-Rockford will be closed for the rest of the semester beginning Nov. 16.  Rockford users:  If you need library materials, contact Janet McMahon at to schedule an appointment to pick up materials. For reference or literature search assistance, contact Cynthia Reynolds at

Fall Semester Update
Posted on UIC Today
November 11, 2020

Dear students, faculty and staff,

During the past 8 months, our community has shown incredible resilience as we have gone through different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very proud and very grateful for everything that you have done to keep our university moving forward safely under very challenging circumstances.

The actions of our students, faculty and staff members have demonstrated, beyond words, our collective commitment to protect the health and safety of our UIC community while we continue to advance our academic and health care delivery missions.

Your willingness to adapt and comply with all COVID-19 prevention measures on campus – wearing a face covering, washing hands often, practicing physical distancing, and participating in health checks, saliva testing and contact tracing – has kept UIC’s COVID-19 positivity rates significantly lower than the corresponding rates in the general community. You have proven that we are all in this together and we care for each other.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 cases continue to rise significantly in our city, in our state and across the nation. Given our location and the continuous interactions with the community at large, we cannot completely mitigate these effects, as indicated by the most recent results of our surveillance testing. And while our contact tracing efforts clearly demonstrate that there is no transmission in our classrooms or our labs, out of an abundance of caution, we must now implement stricter measures to protect the health and safety of our community members and curb the spread of this disease. These measures are outlined in the list below and will go into effect by the end of this week and until the end of the fall semester.

Since the beginning of the fall, we have known that conditions may require us to adjust our operations, depending on the general public health circumstances and our own surveillance results. We have planned for this possibility, and now is the time to act. Together, we will get through the remaining academic semester successfully, as encouraging news from recent medical advances bring us closer to the time when we will meet again on campus.

Stay well and stay informed!

Michael D. Amiridis

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