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The Main Library is currently closed except for item pick-ups and appointments. These services are available to UIUC students, staff, faculty, and retirees only. There is no walk-up access.

  • Item pick-ups: When requesting Library items, you may choose “Main Stacks” as the pick-up location. Requested items will be made available for pick-up for a limited amount of time. Please do not come in for your requested items until you receive the notification email from circlib@library.illinois.edu with details about when and how to pick up the items.
  • Appointments: You may make in-person appointments when remote assistance is insufficient. Please see the Current Services tab at www.library.illinois.edu for details about how to set up appointments.

When using these services, you must present your “Granted” building access status via the Safer Illinois app or COVID-19 Boarding Pass. If you are picking up items, you must also present your valid i-card.

As a courtesy to our staff, we ask that patrons wear a mask in designated areas and when interacting with Library staff.

Building hours for item pick-ups and appointments:

  • Monday-Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: closed

The Main Stacks Collection

The Central Access Services Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library handles the circulation and maintenance of the Main Stacks collection. This is a general collection of approximately five million volumes. The Main Library Circulation Desk and the entrance to the Main Stacks are located on the second floor of the Main Library.

The Main Stacks are divided into east and west sections. The primary entrance is located on the fifth level of the east section (Deck 5 East). Directories and maps are posted throughout the Main Stacks indicating the specific locations of call number ranges. A mobile compact shelving system is utilized in the West Stacks to maximize storage space. Instructions for handling the compact shelving are posted throughout the West Stacks. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions regarding the compact shelving or if you need assistance locating material in the collection.

To aid in the preservation of library material, access to the Main Stacks is limited, as are the materials which may be brought in.

Please note: Main Stacks entry, charging, and paging services will cease 15 minutes prior to closing. During the last 15 minutes of operation, services are limited to picking up hold and Reserve items and discharging (time permitting).