The Library has approximately 30 subject libraries, area studies
centers, and special collections across campus. Some libraries are in the Main Library building and
others are located near the department or college they serve. We also have virtual libraries for
some of our subject areas. Each library offers a full range of reference services geared toward
assisting library users.
You have several Library tour options:
- New student tours
- Arrange for a group tour
- Self-guided and video tours
- Search for the Library's geocache
Uncover and Discover: New Student Library Orientation
Get to know the University Library system and services at the
University of Illinois. We'll take you on a tour of the Main and Undergraduate Libraries, stopping
to see all major service points. Next, we'll provide you with an introduction to the Library's
website and answer your questions about using the Library.
Arrange for a group tour
To arrange a group tour (please allow two weeks planning time for
any requested tour):
- If you would like to request a subject specific tour, please contact
- For faculty and teaching assistants who would like to request a tour
of the Main Library for their class, please contact Sarah Christensen, Visual Resources and
- To request tours of the Main Stacks, please contact
Central Access Services.
- Tours of the Library for community or alumni groups may be arranged
by contacting Heather Murphy, Associate Director of Advancement for Publications and Public
- To request tours of the Undergraduate Library, please contact Kirsten Feist, Instructional Services Specialist in
the Undergraduate Library:
- If your request falls outside the tours listed above, please contact
Lisa Hinchliffe, Coordinator of Information Literacy Services and Instruction:
Self-guided and video tours
a. Audio tours of the Main and Undergraduate Libraries are available at
the Information Desk on the second floor of the Main Library or at the Undergraduate Library
Information Services Desk. The mp3 players may be charged out with a University ID. If you don't
have a University ID you must leave a driver's license or other form of identification. The tour takes approximately one hour to complete, or half an hour
for either the Undergraduate or Main Library.
The tour takes approximately one hour to complete. You can tour either the Undergraduate or
Main Library alone in a bit less than half an hour.
b. Watch a
video tour of the library
If you don’t have time for a tour, searching
for the Library's geocache is a fun way to explore the Library!
Geocaching is a treasure
hunting game using GPS-enabled devices (including cell phones). Players go to specific coordinates
where geocaches (containers) are hidden to try to find them, sometimes solving puzzles on the way.
At Illinois, there is a Library-themed prize included in the cache.