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Visitor services

All library locations are open to anyone, though some restrictions apply if you are not affiliated with UIC. Visitors can use books and other materials and services (such as research help) in person during most of the hours the library locations are open.

Visiting: Library Location Hours

Please note that a UIC ID is required during certain hours; please check each particular location for more information.

Hours for the UIC John Marshall Law School Library are available on its website.  Please note that a UIC ID is required for access.  For more information on visiting the JMLS Library, please see the FAQ.

Using computers

Visitor research computers are available at all library locations.  You can use these to access online journals, e-books and databases. Bring a flash drive for downloading online materials. Photocopiers and scanners are available for making copies of print materials. Printing, general web browsing and email are not available on these computers.

Learn more about using computers in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana

Checking out materials

Visitors cannot check out materials without a UIC Library account.

Individuals and corporate employees who are not otherwise affiliated with UIC can become members of the University Library.

Become an individual or corporate member

UIC alumni can apply for an alumni borrowing card.

Visiting Special Collections and University Archives

If you would like to use special collections, rare books, manuscripts, maps or the University Archives, make an appointment for your visit in advance. Because materials are stored in a variety of locations — some of them off-site — it may take several work days to retrieve needed items.

Learn more about visiting Special Collections and University Archives


Visiting the UIC John Marshall Law School Library


UIC recently acquired the John Marshall Law School (JMLS). The UIC John Marshall Law School Library primarily serves the faculty and students of JMLS and is administered separately from the UIC University Library. Nevertheless, the Law Library does provide services to the UIC community.

Learn more about visiting the UIC John Marshall Law School Library.


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