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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This guide has information on how to deposit and access IDEALS materials for individuals and collection administrators.

What is IDEALS?

The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the institutional repository of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You will find a variety of material within this collection, including published and unpublished papers, datasets, video materials, and audio materials. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and some undergraduate students can deposit their research directly into IDEALS and departments have the option of using IDEALS to distribute working papers, technical reports, and/or other research materials.

For in-depth information in addition to this guide, please visit the IDEALS Wiki page.IDEALS logo

Contact Information

Email Address: 

Mailing Address: 

Ayla Stein Kenfield

Repository Services Librarian

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Main Library 

1408 W. Gregory Drive Rm.454 M/C 522

Urbana, IL 61801

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Each tab within this guide will help you to better interact with the IDEALS website.

-For information on the kind of information in IDEALS, searching for materials, and permissions in using content, please visit the "Finding Materials" tab. 

-For information on preparing files for deposit, best practices, and depositing multiple items at once, please visit the "Depositing Materials" tab.

-For information on managing communities and collections, the structure of IDEALS, and policies, please visit the "IDEALS Administrators" tab. 

-For all other general questions, visit the "FAQ" tab. 

Depositing Data

Want to deposit data? Submit to the Illinois Data Bank! The Illinois Data Bank is a public access repository for publishing research data for the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 

Scholarly Communication and Publishing


Here is a shortened list of policies that you might need access to; for a more extensive list, please visit the IDEALS Policies Wiki page.