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Use accessibility services

The library will assist users with disabilities to identify useful resources and access print and online materials. Ask a staff member at any service desk for help or contact a librarian.

UIC Library is committed to accessible services and spaces. If there is a service you would find helpful, please use the contact link above to let us know.

Research assistance

Make an appointment with a librarian to discuss your research assignments and identify relevant resources. One option is to meet online, sharing a screen to walk through the search process together. To work in person with a librarian and a sign language interpreter, please allow one week’s notice.

Other options to get help.

Requesting books from the shelf

Anyone may use the Library Catalog to request books to be picked up at the front desk:

  1. Make sure you have a Library account.
  2. Click “Request Item.”
  3. Log in.
  4. Click “Check if item can be requested.”
  5. Click “Request This Item.”
  6. Select your “Pick Up Library” and “Pick Up Location.”
  7. Click “Place Request.”
  8. You’ll get an email when the book is ready to pick up (usually 1-2 days).

In addition, Library staff will accompany students registered with the UIC Disability Resource Center (DRC) or employees who have received an accommodation from the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) to browse and retrieve books from the stacks.

Designate someone to check out books for you

Patrons with disabilities can designate a proxy, another person who has authority to check out books for you using their own i-cards.

Assign a person to check out your materials.

Scanning library materials

Students in need of scanning/document conversion of non-accessible library materials may register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), then contact the nearest interlibrary loan (ILL) office for service at the email addresses listed below. Register with DRC

Faculty and staff with an accommodation from the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) may contact their nearest ILL office once a request for accommodation has been placed. Request an accommodation from OAE

UIC Library ILL Email
Richard J. Daley Library
Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria
Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford
Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana

Using assistive technology

The library has screen reader software and text magnification software in the Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.

Learn more about assistive technology.

Distraction-free study

Students with an accommodation from the DRC for individual, distraction-free study space may request advance reservation of study rooms — contact us.

Service dogs vs. therapy and emotional support animals

Service dogs are welcome in the UIC Library under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service dogs are trained to do specific tasks and must be under control at all times. Therapy and emotional support animals that do not perform specific tasks are not permitted in the UIC Library.

Emergency evacuation

When elevators are not in service, please alert a staff member to inform emergency personnel, and then wait in a stairwell for assistance.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to maintaining a barrier-free environment so that individuals with disabilities can fully access programs, courses, services and activities at UIC. Individuals with concerns about the library should contact Mary Case, University Librarian at or (312) 996-2716.