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Services for Research Park Organizations

The Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides an environment where technology-based businesses can work with the University's research faculty and students to take advantage of opportunities for collaborative research and easy access to University labs, equipment, and services.

Using the Library

In-person Visits

Departmental libraries are open for you to browse and use the reference collections, current journals and/or newspapers as well as circulating collections. However, keep in mind that each departmental library has different hours and regulations, so it is best for any visitor to check with the individual library before visiting. If you have questions, we hope you will use one of our Ask a Librarian services to contact us. 

Virtual Visits

You may search the online catalog from any public access computer, or from your personal computer. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, try the Undergraduate Library's How Do I...?

Many of the University of Illinois online journals and databases, including the article databases and electronic journals, are subscription-based products. Due to licensing restrictions, remote access to these resources is only available to current University students, faculty, and staff. However, as the University is a public institution of higher education, public access computers are available in most departmental libraries for on site use. Reference, Research and Scholarly Services can help you find a specific article.

Departmental Libraries

Find the departmental library that serves your discipline.

Public Wireless

The University Library--in cooperation with CITES--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. Please be aware that licensed resources are not accessible through the public wireless unless you are affiliated 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. Information on getting started is available on the CITES UI Public Wireless website. 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 UIUCnet 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you've got questions, we've got answers! 

Find Help

Subject specialist librarians are here to help you with your research. There are myriad ways for us to help you including through online chat, email, phone, in-person, and by appointment. We are here to help you with everything from starting your research project to assisting with complicated citation verifications for PhD candidates.

Circulation Policies

Central Access Services

In order to borrow books or other materials from our libraries, you must have a Library card from the University of Illinois or an I-Share member library. If you do not already have a card, the Central Access Services has information about obtaining courtesy cards

For all other visitors, if you need to borrow books from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, please contact the interlibrary loan department at your local public or university library. Most libraries will arrange to borrow materials from us on your behalf.  For more information on interlibrary loans at the University of Illinois, please visit Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Local Public Libraries

Champaign Public Library 

Urbana Free Library 

Online Materials

Selected materials available to the public

  • Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection
    The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection (IDNC) contains digital facsimiles of historic Illinois newspapers. You can browse the newspapers by date or search by keyword across articles, advertisements and photo captions. You can print, download, or e-mail individual articles. And it's free! More about the IDNC.
  • Agricola
    The National Agricultural Library, as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, produces the AGRICultural OnLine Access database. This database contains records for books and articles on agriculture and its allied disciplines. This quick search guide describes how to search this collection.
    The Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts database indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
  • MedlinePlus
    Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus includes 730 over health topics pages, information from over 1,350 organizations, and over 18,000 links to authoritative health information. Please see one of these tutorials of MedlinePlus for assistance using this resource.
  • PubMed
    Also produced by NLM and NIH, PubMed contains over 14 million citations dating back to the mid-1960s in the the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Please see PubMed Help for an overview of how to search this database.
  • WorldCat
    The Online Computer Library Center supports WorldCat, a catalog 69 million bibliographic records and 1 billion individual holdings. Use WorldCat to determine citations for books, journals, videos, and music and to locate a copy near you. See the features guide for help interpreting the records.

Full-Text Access to Refereed Journals

  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    The DOAJ provides access to over 2,500 scientific and scholarly journals. The DOAJ covers free, full-text, peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines and in many different languages. In addition to browsing by journal title, this database also features an article-level search option for nearly 750 journals within the collection.
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
    The INASP provides a directory of free and open access online resources. Coverage includes the following disciplines: agriculture, biology & life science, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering & technology, environment, humanities, information & communication technologies, mathematics & statistics, medicine & health sciences, physics, and social sciences.

Selected General Resources

  • AnyWho Online Directory (AT&T)
    Locate telephone numbers and addresses for both businesses and people. Other notable features include maps, reverse lookups (enter the phone number and it will return the owner's name and address), a toll-free directory, and links to international directories.
  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
    Search the 1919 edition for passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature.
  • Calculators and Converters
    Calculate the distance between two cities, perform metric conversions, calculate inflation, and more.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Unclassified since 1971, the Central Intelligence Agency's annual World Factbook provides a reliable resource for information on independent states, dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabitable regions, and oceans.
  • Information Please Almanac
    The online version contains all of the facts from the printed almanac, plus a dictionary and encyclopedia.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
    See Merriam-Webster Online for a good quick reference site from an authority in dictionary publishing.

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 $1 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 accessible parking spaces.

Visitors may also take advantage of the campus 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 Illinois, contact the Facilities and Services Parking Department, 1110 West Springfield, Urbana, 217-333-3530.

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.

NOAA's National Weather Service for Central Illinois

Stay alert for changing weather patterns in Central Illinois.