Information for Visitors

Visitors are Welcome! 

The Library supports study and teaching at the University. Central to our mission are the vast collections we develop, the expertise we provide, the excellent services we offer, and the environments we create. The distinctive rare book, manuscript and archival holdings of the Special Collections Research Center are available for your research.

Access and Policies

Access and services available depend on your research needs, or your affiliation with another institution. For details, see our Access and Privileges pages. If you are a first-time visitor, we encourage you to contact the ID and Privileges Office before your visit; staff will help you determine what collections and services are available to you and how to establish access.

The Library Catalog and archival finding aids are available to help you search our collections.

When in the libraries, you will be able to use most of electronic resources to which we subscribe. For more information, please see Library Guest Credentials and Wireless Access for Visitors. Access to these resources from off-campus is available only to current University of Chicago faculty, students and staff.

Photocopying, printing, and scanning is available to visitors for a fee. Learn more about photocopying, printing, and scanning in the Library.

Contact a Librarian

If you are not affiliated with the University, we are happy to answer questions about services and items unique to the University of Chicago Library. Contact us with your questions about Library resources and services.

Borrowing Books and Other Materials

You may borrow books, DVDs, CDs and other materials if your library has a reciprocal agreement with the University of Chicago Library.

Library Tours

Library tours are available for prospective graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars by request. Learn more about tours provided by the Library.

If you would like to arrange for a tour for an elementary or high school group, please view our guide to Library programs for school groups.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Libraries and Hours lists the hours and addresses (including Google Map links) of the six campus libraries.

Visiting the University provides maps and directions to campus, transportation and parking options, as well as suggestions for accommodations, dining, and shopping in Hyde Park.

Visitor Parking provides information about visitor parking options, including locations and fees for parking garages and lots. Free parking is available on the street, but can be difficult to find during the day.