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Catalogs Beyond the U of I Library

Even though the U of I Library has more than 13 million volumes, we don’t have everything. Luckily, you can request things from other libraries at no cost to you.

Special Collections & Archives

  • Archives Holdings DatabaseSearch for primary source documents, images, and electronic records documenting University history, student life and culture, and American music.
  • Illinois History and Lincoln Collections DatabaseSearch for primary source materials including letters, diaries, and personal and organizational records documenting Illinois history from the 1700s to the present, the Civil War, and Lincoln’s ongoing legacy.
  • Rare Book and Manuscript CollectionsAccess to over 500,000 items in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library with customizable searches by century and format, and searchable finding aids for literary archives.

Specialized Search Tools

  • IDEALSRepository for research and scholarship generated by U of I faculty, staff, and students.
  • Digital Library CollectionsCollections of digitized materials from our vast collections and archives – books, images, maps, and more.
  • HathiTrust Digital LibraryFull-text search of millions of books and journals digitized from our library and libraries world-wide.
  • Illinois Research ConnectionsFind U of I research, view scholarly works, and discover new collaborators.

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