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Repository Services

The Library hosts several repositories for the university community. Repository Services manages the institutional repository IDEALS and coordinates with the other Library-hosted repositories. 

We can also help you identify and deposit your work into externally hosted repositories such as arXiv.org or MLA Commons CORE.

IDEALS – Institutional Repository

The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the university’s institutional repository. IDEALS is a service where faculty, academic professionals, staff, graduate students, and other researchers can deposit journal articles, technical reports, survey mechanisms, or other materials related to their scholarly work. 

Planning an on-campus conference? IDEALS hosts proceedings for conferences, symposiums, and other scholarly meetings that are in some way affiliated with the University (e.g. a U of I faculty member is part of a planning committee; a conference that’s hosted at UIUC annually, etc.). Please contact us for more information about this service.

Open Access

  • Depositing your work into IDEALS also satisfies the campus’ Open Access Policy
  • Not sure which version of an article your publisher will let you submit to IDEALS? We can help you! Please contact us at ideals@library.illinois.edu

Theses and Dissertations

Since 2010, all master’s theses and doctoral dissertations are uploaded to IDEALS after the student has graduated. Efforts are underway to digitize and upload pre-2010 master’s theses and dissertations as well. 

More Library Repositories

Related Links, Guides, and Services

  • IDEALS: Website for the IDEALS institutional repository.
  • IDEALS LibGuide: Provides the basics on how to deposit and access IDEALS materials for individuals and collection administrators.
  • IDEALS wiki: Contains current full-text IDEALS policies and in-depth information on how to deposit and manage IDEALS collections for individuals and collection administrators.
  • Thesis Office: Coordinates submission, review, and approval of graduate theses and dissertations.
  • Digital Collections: Search across all of the Library’s digitized special collections and archives, historic Illinois newspapers, publicly accessible datasets, and scholarship.
  • Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections: Search, browse, and download historic Illinois newspapers.
  • Copyright Services: Can services for author publishing agreements, fair use, copyright in the classroom, and other copyright topics.