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Library Services during Fall Break:
  • The Main Library will be open for appointments and item pick-ups Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25, from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • The Main Library will be closed Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29.

The Main Library is currently closed except for limited services that are available by appointment to students, staff, and faculty only. There is no walk-up access.

Patrons requesting items may choose “Main Stacks” as their pick-up location. Requested items that cannot be delivered digitally will be made available for pick-up for a limited amount of time. Patrons will be notified by email with details about when and how to pick up the items.

To pick up books, patrons must present their valid i-card, wear a face covering that meets campus standards, and present their building access status via the Safer Illinois app or COVID-19 Boarding Pass.

Building hours for appointments and item pick-ups:

  • 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).