The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the proud home of one of the largest and richest public research library collections in North America. Our 24 million items, the vast majority of which are paper and book-based, include Medieval manuscripts, large collections of incunabula and early printed books, literary manuscripts, maps and atlases, prints, and all sizes and types of printed books and other paper objects. The University Library is committed to sustaining and enhancing its capacity to treat and protect its important paper-based collections, with the majority of conservation and preservation-related investments focused on the care of its rare, unique, and otherwise valuable objects.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The Campus Visitors Center can assist you in planning your visit to Urbana-Champaign.
Most 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.
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 research resources, including the article databases and electronic journals, are subscription-based products. Due to licensing restrictions, these resources are only available to current University students, faculty, and staff. However, public access computers are available in most departmental libraries for your use. Reference, Research, and Government Information can help you find a specific article.
For complete information on who can access e-resources, please review this FAQ.
Are you interested in arranging a tour of the University Library? Please visit our Library Tours website in order to contact the appropriate librarian.
Find the departmental library that serves your discipline.
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. 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.
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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.
The bulk of the collection, almost 6 million volumes, are held in the Bookstacks of the Main Library. Although access to this area is restricted to faculty and graduate students of the University of Illinois and those patrons with special access cards, courtesy cards can be requested at the Central Access Services Desk on the 2nd floor. Most of the departmental libraries have browsing access to their collections.
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 http://www.champaign.org/
Urbana Free Library http://urbanafreelibrary.org/
Selected materials available to the public
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!
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.
Maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Resources Information Center provides free access to more than 1.2 million citations of journal articles and other education-related materials. When available, links to full text are included. For more information, see this overview of ERIC.
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.
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 these tutorials of MedlinePlus for assistance using this resource.
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.
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
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
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.
Online Reference Resources
Search our ORR collection for indexes, journals, newspapers, or reference tools. Titles marked by a globe are available to anyone, but titles marked with the Illinois symbol are restricted by our licensing agreements to current students, faculty, and staff and on-campus users. If you don't have a resource in mind, you can browse our alphabetical list of free titles for thousands of resources available to you.
Selected General Resources
AnyWho Online Directory
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.
Search the 1919 edition for passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature.
Calculators & 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.
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.
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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 20 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 regarding finance and statistics, governance, human resources, student information, the Bronze Tablet Award and other sources of campus information.
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