University Library Resources

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The University Library’s priority is to serve the needs of our students and faculty while protecting the health and safety of our employees. Though all University Library locations are closed to the public, including our faculty and students, until further notice, pending campus plans for phased resumption of services, librarians and staff are ready to help you. Ask a Librarian service is available to assist users (hours are posted at Librarians can also provide research instruction to online classes as well as LibGuides to support class assignments (see

Please feel free to contact us with your comments and questions?

Last updated on May 28, 2020. 


You may be denied access or asked to pay when you are trying to use materials that the Library has purchased or licensed. If this happens to you, use the following methods to access the resource:

Connect using the campus VPN, but know that you may still be denied access. If that happens, use method 1, 2, or 3.

The University Library recognizes that access to some print materials may be necessary for essential research or to support the continuity of instruction. In order to balance the safety of our employees, print materials may be provided by appointment pick up only. Access will take longer than usual, and every effort will be made to acquire electronic resources first.

Patrons should submit requests through the Library’s online catalog. Library staff will attempt to find an online version and notify the patron with a link to the requested material. If no electronic version is available, the patron will be notified if the print material is available and ready for pickup at the location chosen when the request was made; this is currently the Main Library or Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. Patrons must present their valid i-card at the time and place of their appointment for pick up of their materials.

Yes, this guide points to expanded electronic access to resources for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also read more about expanded e-resources here.   

The University of Illinois is now a participant in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).

The ETAS will provide University students, faculty and staff with online reading access to print materials that are currently unavailable to our users.  It is being offered while the COVID-19 pandemic is limiting access to the print collection.  By offering this service, HathiTrust is helping us to continue to support teaching and research during the stay-at-home order. Read more about this expanded service at

The University Library’s Interlibrary Loan service is still requesting journal articles from other institutions. We are unable to provide access to print resources through interlibrary loan at this time.

Central Access Services will work with patrons to extend courtesy renewals for local items. Patrons should contact Central Access Services by email ( or by phone (217-333-8400).

Please hang on to your library materials unless you are leaving town. If you need to return an item, the book drop located on the outside of the Main Library building (south side of the building off of the E3 parking lot) is still open for returns.


Catalog and EasySearch  — enhanced access to digital materials



  • Open Source Alternatives
    One of the many things that make the Scholarly Commons so great is the specialized software that is available for our users; however, without our physical space, we are faced with a challenge that affects both ourselves and the researchers who use our software. That is why we have compiled this list of open source alternatives to most of the Scholarly Commons software that you can download and use for yourself.