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COVID-19 and the Library

The UIC University Library is working to reopen for limited services. Contact-Free Pick-Up from the Daley Library and Low-Contact Pick-Up from the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago is available. See below for details. Online research support is available. See access and hours for all library locations.

Attn: Students in Need of Computer/Internet Access

If you do not have access to a computer and/or internet access to participate in your online classes at home, please visit ACCC’s Laptop or Hotspot Request page for information on obtaining equipment.

Request Laptop and/or Hotspot

Additional Learning, Teaching and Working Resources

Online Collections and Services

We encourage you to access our many collections and services online. The Library subscribes to tens of thousands of online resources that can be searched through our Library website at library.uic.edu. Hundreds of research guides provide information about specific disciplinary resources as well as about issues such as copyright, which may be on your mind as you move your courses online. In addition, many publishers and vendors are increasing access to their offerings during this crisis.

Chat with a Librarian is available from Sun. to Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. All other inquiries submitted through email will be answered within 24 hours. Library faculty are also available for virtual research consultations – fill out the form, and a librarian will send a link to WebEx for the appointment.

Publishers have made selected electronic resources temporarily open access to aid online instruction and research during the COVID-19 emergency so that educators and researchers can use them easily as they adapt their courses online. The UIC University Library will continue to add new resources to this list as they become available. Please visit this page often for the latest updates.

View list of temporarily free resources that may help with teaching

I-Share and Interlibrary Loan

Articles and book chapters (PDFs) can still be requested via Interlibrary Loan, but service is limited by closures at other libraries. Books and other physical material are not available by I-Share or Interlibrary Loan until further notice.

Contact-Free Pick-Up from the Richard J. Daley Library

The UIC University Library is now providing contact-free pick-up of materials from our Richard J. Daley Library collections, including books (monographs, serials, journals), CDs and DVDs.

  • Pick-up is available M-F between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Daley Library media will be available with a one week loan period
  • Materials housed in the Library of the Health Sciences or storage warehouse are not available
  • Textbooks/course reserve materials are not available
  • A valid UIC library card is required to request materials

To request materials from the Daley Library, sign in to your account, then search the catalog. For any item in the Daley Library, under the section “Get It”, you will see a “Request” link. Click the link and then click “Send Request.”

Within 72 hours of receiving your request, the Library will notify you at your UIC affiliated email address that your materials are available along with instructions for picking them up.

When ready, requested materials will be available at the west entrance of the Daley Library at 801 S. Morgan St. A table will be set up outside of the doors to the library for users to retrieve their items packaged in bags with loan information attached.

Low-Contact Pick-Up of books from the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago

The UIC University Library is now providing low-contact pick-up of books from our Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago collections

  • Pick-up is available M-F between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Materials housed in the Daley Library or storage warehouse are not available
  • Textbooks/course reserve materials are not available
  • A valid UIC library card is required to request materials
  • Open reserve collection item are available for a two-week loan period

To request materials from the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago, please use the Ask a Librarian service available from the Library home page.

Within 72 hours of receiving your request, the Library will notify you at your UIC affiliated email address that your materials are available along with instructions for picking them up.

When ready, requested materials will be available inside the vestibule at the entrance to the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago. Staff will permit you to enter and retrieve your book.

Ordering New Materials

The Library will soon begin ordering new library materials. You can request items by using the form on our website or by contacting your library liaison. We recommend ordering electronic format items when possible to facilitate access. There may be delays in ordering and receiving physical items due to quarantines and closures.

Overdue Items and Fees

Do not worry about being charged; the Library has shut down overdue and lost notices during this time.  Materials that become overdue or begin to incur fees after March 14, 2020 will be granted amnesty until further notice. Please renew your books at My Accounts if you are able.

Returns

Patrons are encouraged to keep UIC and I-Share library materials until the University Library buildings are reopened. However, those who would prefer to return such items can place them in the book return slots accessible from outside each of the Library’s facilities or return them by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. You can mail library materials at “media mail” (formerly book rate) prices.  See the Library’s website for mailing addresses.

Even though you return your books now, please note that no Library employees are working in the building to check in these materials. You will continue to see items checked out to you on My Accounts. However, no fines or fees are being charged as of March 14, 2020. When staff is allowed to return to the Library facilities we will check in your books, and the updated status will be reflected in your account.

Additional resources

The Library’s COVID-19 research guide contains a rich array of resources, primarily geared toward researchers.

Please consult this UIC page for campus-level information on how the University is dealing with the COVID-19 situation.

Experiencing discrimination? Visit UIC Global Asian Studies’ Stigma & Covid-19: Viruses Do Not Discriminate

Information on preventive measures can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact Us

For questions, please email lib-COVID19@uic.edu

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