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Classics Library FAQ: Print/Physical Collections

Is the physical library open to patrons?

At this time, the Main Library is closed to all walk-in patrons. The Classics Library Collection, like the other departmental libraries, will almost certainly be closed for the duration of the calendar year 2020.  The Main Library will be open for research appointments if ncessary, but an appointment is required.  As per the mandates of the Chancellor's Office, if you are entering the Main Library for any reason, you will need to be masked, and you must demonstrate that you have tested negative for COVID-19 using the University's saliva-based test in the previous four days.  


What if I need something from the Classics Collection?

Please contact the Classics librarian directly at for a consultation.  If there is no online version available of what you need, or if you have a critical need to consult the print copy, we can override the reference designation and charge the item out to you.  If you only need a journal article, essay, or monograph chapter (i.e. part of a volume), we can scan it within the unit.  For these requests, please contact the Classics librarian directly.


Can I check out printed books?

Under some circumstances, yes.  You can request books through the catalog as before, but the University Library's policy can be summarized as "e-first" (as opposed to "e-only" as some institutions are doing during the pandemic). Once Main Circulation receives your request, they will try to identify an available digital version. In most cases, we will ask you to make use of this alternative. Likewise, should a book be available through the HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), we are required to direct you to that version. Both the catalog and Easy Search will now show when a book in our collection is available through HathiTrust ETAS. When a book is unavailable online, Main Circulation will continue processing the request for a print copy, and will then email you instructions for pickup. 


What if I really need a print copy of a book?

If you are a faculty member or a graduate student and you have an absolute need for a book in print as part on an ongoing research project, please make sure to indicate those details in the "Comments" space as you are requesting the book through the catalog.  Otherwise, the default position will be to look for an online version to send you.  Because of the terms of a national-level agreement, we cannot circulate print copies of books included in the HathiTrust ETAS.  If you absolutely cannot make use of the Hathi ETAS scan (e.g. due to visual or medical issues), please contact the Classics librarian, and we will take your request to Library Administration.   


Can I request print books through I-Share?

Yes, I-Share is officially operational again.  Note, however, that not all members of the consortium are lending print books yet.  There is thus a possibility that your request might be rejected, and that you will need to file a request for a copy from another institution.


Can I request print books through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Not at this time, unfortunately, though we expect that service to become available soon. You can file ILL requests for PDFs of articles or chapters, however.   


Classics Library Collection

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Classics Library Collection at the Literatures & Languages Library
225 Main Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-2220