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Dean Ballard-Thrower welcomes you to the Library!

Dear UIC Community,

On behalf of everyone at the University Library, we are so excited to welcome our new and returning faculty and students! Please visit our newly redesigned website for the latest information on visiting policies, hours and services.


In keeping with current university mandated policies, those visiting the Richard J. Daley Library, the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago or the Law Library will need to present proof of UIC affiliation and vaccination/saliva compliance by showing a green Healthcheck/Daily Pass badge for building entry. Please note: masks are required, and food is prohibited. Visitors may bring their own water or beverages into the library in reusable, covered containers. Disposable coffee cups, water bottles and other single-use drink containers are prohibited.

Also, you will swipe your i-card for entry to the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago and the Law Library. Additional information about visiting and using the Law Library can be found at and on the Law Library website.

UIC libraries in Peoria and Rockford follow local guidelines for in-person visits.


We have an array of databases, journals, books and other resources to help ensure your success in the coming year. Join us for a tour of our website to learn how to do a search and use our new Help Center to find answers to frequently asked questions and more on Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. View the agenda. A recording will be posted to our website after the event for those unable to attend.

The books stacks are open for browsing, but you can also still use our convenient low-contact pick-up service for materials from UIC, I-Share and Interlibrary Loan. Your i-card is your library card, and you will need it to activate your library account.

Research Help

A liaison librarian dedicated to your subject area is eager to orient you to library resources and services and work with you on research projects and information skills. Our comprehensive services include course-integrated instruction, individualized research consultations and acquisition of relevant library resources. Use our website directory to find your liaison.

There are many other ways to contact the library for an immediate response to a question or for in-depth research assistance. Our Chat with a Librarian instant messaging service is available in the bottom corner of each page on on Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri. – 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Contact us via email or make an appointment to meet with a librarian either in person, via phone or online for research assistance at

Wishing you success in the coming year,

Rhea Ballard-Thrower
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

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