Main Stacks Access - Borrowing

In the interest of preserving an environment conducive for scholarship and research, the University of Illinois Library limits entrance to its Main Stacks primarily to faculty, staff, and students currently employed by or enrolled in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. U of I faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff are granted entrance upon presentation of a valid i-card, as are some courtesy card holders. University Laboratory High School students may request stacks access at the Main Circulation Desk with prior approval from the University High School Librarian.

Unaffiliated users with research needs may request a temporary exception to this policy. Written requests should be addressed in advance to Richard Stokes at

Please note that upon presentation of valid identification any resident of the state of Illinois, as well as many unaffiliated users not mentioned above, may apply for a courtesy borrowing card that will entitle them to have materials retrieved from the Main Stacks for their use.  Please inquire about this service at the Main Circulation Desk.