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Services for Alumni

  1. If you are an alum of the University of Illinois, you may apply for a courtesy borrowing card to access University Library print materials. Please contact Central Access Services for more information about your borrowing privileges and how to obtain a courtesy card.
  2. Accessing online subscriptions: The University of Illinois Library subscribes to hundreds of online collections. However, we are contractually required to allow only current students, staff, and faculty to access these online collections.  The only way you can access our paid subscriptions is if you visit any library in-person for onsite access using a public computer. Due to low use, there is no longer alumni access to Proquest ABI/Inform.  Please remember: Courtesy cards and alumni association member cards do not provide access to online resource materials.
  3. And finally, stay in touch and  become a Friend of the Library today!

Resources for Alumni

Courtesy Borrowing Cards

Contact the Central Access Services for more information about your borrowing privileges and how to obtain a courtesy card.

University Archives

Browse our Student Life and Culture Archive, view resources from our Fraternity Chapter History Project, or read about the history of the name " Fighting Illini."

Bronze Tablet Award

View the list of Bronze Tablet Award recipients from 1925 through the present. FYI - The most recent tablets are installed the November after May graduation. 

Public Wireless

The University Library, in cooperation with CITES, now offers public wireless connectivity for campus visitors. This service is available in the public areas in most Library facilities. The complete list of public wireless locations on campus is available at the CITES UI Public Wireless website. Public wireless is intended for visitors who have no formal affiliation with the University. With a wireless-enabled laptop, visitors can connect to the Internet using a web browser and can send and receive email using an off-campus email server. Because UI Public Wireless is NOT recommended for campus affiliates, members of the University community should continue to use their active NetID or UI guest account to connect to IllinoisNet Wireless,the fully-functional campus wireless network.

If you have problems using with public wireless: The public wireless service is managed and supported by CITES. You may contact the CITES Help Desk at 217-244-7000.

Publicly Available Resources - by subject

Staying Informed - by discipline

Additional  Resources

Many other libraries and institutions have created lists of free databases.

Campus Information

Campus and University Information

Campus information regarding finance and statistics, governance, human resources, student information, the Bronze Tablet Award and other sources of campus information.

University of Illinois Alumni Association

University of Illinois Alumni Association at Urbana (UIAA) 

NOAA's National Weather Service for Central Illinois

Stay alert for changing weather patterns in Central Illinois.

Visiting the Library

Parking on Campus

Daytime parking on the University of Illinois campus can be difficult, and it may be more convenient to walk to some destinations. Check out our virtual maps for more details. Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., visitors may park in metered spaces along streets and in metered spaces in parking lots and facilities indicated in blue on the campus map. All other campus lots are reserved for permit holders only, and your car may be towed if you park in prohibited spaces. University lots are open to visitors after 6 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, subject to posted restrictions. In addition to campus facilities, a municipal lot is located on Green Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Meters are one dollar an hour in 15 minute increments.

Please note: Although not marked on the campus parking map, the parking lot to the west of the Main Library Building is a metered parking lot which does not require a parking permit. Meters are typically not enforced in this parking lot after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Please read the parking meter for enforcement policies. This parking lot also has five designated handicap accessible parking spaces.

Visitors may also take advantage of the campus's Motorist Assistance Program for help with keys locked in cars, dead batteries, and certain other kinds of minor car problems. Call 217-244-HELP (217-244-4357).

For additional information on parking at the University of Illinois, contact the Facilities and Services Parking Department, 1110 West Springfield, Urbana, 217-333-3530. 

Become a Friend of the Library

The Library is essential to the intellectual vitality of the University and attracts talented students, faculty, and scholars to the Urbana-Champaign campus. With over 12 million volumes, it is one of the world's great research libraries and renowned for the depth and breadth of its collections. The Library is central to the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, and it is the one campus unit that serves all academic disciplines. Become a Friend of the Library today!