Accessibility Services

The UIC Library welcomes users with disabilities and is committed to providing accessible services, spaces and resources for everyone.

The following information aims to assist users with disabilities to effectively use the UIC Library.

If you encounter an accessibility issue at the Library or with our website, please email to let us know. We are also happy to answer any questions!

Individuals with concerns about UIC Library accessibility may also contact Rhea Ballard-Thrower, University Librarian.


COVID-19 Update

For those considering visiting the libraries during the pandemic, we have created a page of information about how to request accommodations for your visit. This page also includes information about how to request materials via low contact pickup.

Details about reserving an adjustable table with assistance technology are also available.

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 use this form to request an interpreter. It is recommended that you allow one week’s notice for this.

You can also get help via our “Chat with a librarian” chat option, which displays at the bottom of every Library website window.

You can also send us an email using this form.

Other options to get help.

Request books from the shelf

Anyone may request that books be pulled for picked up at the front desk:

  1. Locate the item of interest in UIC Library Search.
  2. Sign in (top right)
  3. Click “Available at (location).”
  4. Click “Get It.”
  5. Select your “Pick Up Library” and “Pick Up Location.”
  6. Click “Place Request.”
  7. You’ll get an email when the book is ready to pick up (usually 1-2 days).

As staffing permits, Library staff can also accompany students and employees who need assistance to the stacks in order to browse and retrieve books.

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 alternate format of inaccessible library materials must first register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), then fill out the Alternate Format Request Form. The DRC and the Library work collaboratively through this process to ensure students have equitable access to educational materials in a timely manner.

Faculty and staff who have requested and received an accommodation from the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) may place requests for materials by contacting their nearest ILL office using the relevant email address listed below.

Interlibrary loan & OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

If you would like articles or chapters that you request through ILLiad to be OCRed, please include a note in the notes field to that effect when you submit your request.

Please see Request Items for more on interlibrary loan.

You do not need to be registered with the DRC in order to make these requests.

While libraries may often notice and honor an OCR request, sometimes they may not, and since fulfilled requests are automatically uploaded into our system and notifications are triggered without manual intervention we do not have an opportunity to intervene prior to your receiving the requested item. However, if you find that your requested item has not been OCRed, please alert us by responding to the email stating that your item is available and we can convert it to OCR-readable using Adobe Acrobat.

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, and some of these are installed on computers on adjustable tables.

Learn more about assistive technology.

Entrance information

The Daley Library has three entrances, none of which have any associated stairs:

  • Information Commons Doors: These face the Quad and are on the east side of the building. There is a push button on the card swipe stand on the right side of the doors on a post (approximately 3 feet high). Note: This entrance has been open during the pandemic but required the use of the card swipe.
  • Main Doors Facing Quad (East Doors): To the left of the revolving doors there is a single entrance door with a push button. The pushbutton is on the card swipe post on the left side of the door (approximately 3 feet high). Note: This entrance has been closed during the pandemic.
  • Doors facing Morgan (West Doors): In between the two revolving doors there are two single entrance doors. Each door has a push pad located on the brick pillar approximately 7 feet from the door. Note: This entrance has been closed during the pandemic.

The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago has a single entrance, located on Polk St. There is a ramp up to this entrance and also stairs. There is a push button option on the door furthest to the left when facing the entrance. There is also a card swipe near the door furthest to the left. During the pandemic, users must use the card swipe to enter the building.

Accessible restrooms

In the Daley Library, there are multi-stall restrooms on all four floors that have a wheelchair accessible stall. On the second floor, there is a gender-inclusive, single person restroom which is wheelchair accessible.

In the Library of the Health Sciences, there are multi-stall restrooms with a wheelchair accessible stall on the lower level and the third floor. The first floor has a gender-inclusive, single person restroom which is wheelchair accessible.

Emergency evacuation

When elevators are not in service proceed to the designated Area of Rescue Assistance or nearest stairwell if you can and wait there to be evacuated by a member of the UIC Police Department (UICPD) or an emergency responder.

If possible, ask a member of the library staff or another person to accompany you to the stairwell. Ask the person to immediately inform UICPD and/or other emergency responders of your exact location (floor, stairwell number, etc.) once the person has evacuated.

Once in the stairwell, call UICPD (312-355-5555) for help; if no help arrives in 5-10 minutes, call again.


Accessible WEPA printers are available in the Daley Library (IDEA Commons) and in the Library of Health Sciences, Chicago.

Quiet Areas

Both Daley and the Library of the Health Sciences have designated quiet areas that are available for all students.

In the Daley Library, the Circle Reading Room is an enclosed room on the first floor of the library that is a designated quiet space. Also, the third and fourth floors are both designated as quiet floors.

In the Library of the Health Sciences, there is a large quiet enclosed reading room (107) on the first floor, and also the third floor is the designated quiet floor.

Distraction-reduced study

The Daley Library has a room reserved for students who require individual, distraction-reduced study space.  Registration is available online.  Please note this is a limited resource; priority should be given to students requiring accommodations.

Service dogs

Service dogs are welcome in the UIC Library. Service dogs are trained to do specific tasks and must be under control at all times. For information about assistance animals, also known as therapy and emotional support animals see the UIC Service and Assistance Animal Policy.


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.

Other campus resources

Disability Resource Center: Their mission is to empower the UIC community with the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to ensure full access and engagement for students with disabilities in all aspects of college life.

They also provide a wonderful list of other campus and external resources, partners, & online learning guides

Disability Cultural Center: This center offers public programs, discussion series, arts-based workshops, and one-on-one support — working to engage an understanding of disability as a social justice issue and a site for identity, community, and culture.

Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD):The DHD department is an internationally-recognized center for the interdisciplinary study of disability.

Need help? Contact a Librarian!