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Frequently Asked Questions

We will do an obituary look-up if you have an exact citation, and we have the newspaper issue cited. We will also do an obituary look-up if you know the date and place of death, and we have a newspaper that might have published an obituary for that person. If we do not have a newspaper for the obituary you are seeking, then we will help you locate a library that does. There is no fee for this service. We respond to obituary look-ups as quickly as possible, but can only do the look-up as time permits. Usually we are able to respond within one week.

Although we cannot facilitate the hiring of freelance researchers, the University does have a virtual job board called I-Link, the purpose of which is connect students with internships and national employment opportunities as well as local, part-time employment. You can post a job for a freelance researcher on I-Link. Access I-Link at this URL: https://i-link-illinois-csm.symplicity.com/ .

With very few exceptions, the University of Illinois Library’s electronic are freely available to anybody who visits the Library in person. Remote access to licensed electronic resources is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of the University. Unfortunately, we are not, at this time, allowed to give remote access to alumni. These restrictions are imposed by the publishers. Some of the digital collections you will find on our web pages and library guides are freely available, and these will be indicated by a  symbol or a note stating that the resource is freely available. To learn more about the Library’s policy regarding access to electronic resources, visit this URL: http://www.library.illinois.edu/administration/collections/policies/LicensedElectronicResourcesUsePolicy.html .

To print from your laptop, follow the instructions here: http://www.library.illinois.edu/library-technology/print-from-a-laptop/ .

To request that the Library purchase a book, please complete the Suggest a Purchase form found here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/887006 .

To request that the Library begin a journal subscription, please contact Celestina Savonius-Wroth at cswroth@illinois.edu .

To request that the Library purchase a database or digital collection, please contact Celestina Savonius-Wroth at cswroth@illinois.edu .