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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information for Visitors

This guide details the library services and resources available to visitors at the University and in the community.

Visiting the Library

In-person Visits

Most departmental libraries are open for you to browse and use the reference collections, current journals and/or newspapers as well as circulating collections. Keep in mind that each departmental library has different hours and regulations, so it is best for any visitor to check with the individual library before visiting. If you have questions, please Ask a Librarian!

Library Tours

Are you interested in arranging a tour of the University Library? Please visit our Library Tours website in order to contact the appropriate librarian.

Accessing Materials

Visitors are welcome to browse books on the shelves in most departmental libraries. Access to the bookstacks in the Main Library is limited to University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, as well as patrons with courtesy cards. Additionally, to borrow books or other materials directly from our libraries, patrons must have an I-card or a courtesy card. For more information on obtaining a courtesy card, contact Central Access Services. Visitors also have the option of requesting University of Illinois materials through the interlibrary loan department at their local public or university library. For more information on interlibrary loans at the University of Illinois, please visit Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery.

Many of the University of Illinois online journals and databases are only available to current University students, faculty, and staff. However, these subscription-based resources can be accessed on public computers in most departmental libraries. For complete information on who can access e-resources, please review this FAQ.

Public Wireless

The University Library offers public wireless connectivity for campus visitors. This service is available in the public areas in most Library facilities. Public wireless is intended for visitors who have no formal affiliation with the University. Information on getting started is available on the Technology Services Public Wireless website.

If you have problems using with public wireless, contact Technology Services at 217-244-7000.

Ask a Librarian

For help with anything from general library information to in-depth research help contact us via online chatemailphone, or in-person!