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The Collection and its Organization

About Uni High Library

University Laboratory High School Library is one of the 38 departmental libraries of the UIUC Library system. Our collection contains approximately 12,000 items and the Library subscribes to about 80 periodical titles. University Laboratory High School students also have access to the collections of the University Library and may borrow materials using their Uni High identification cards. By the same token, University students and staff can use the high school library and borrow books from its collection.


Uni High Library holds over 12,000 monographic volumes, about 80 serial titles, and a variety of audiovisual materials and equipment.



University High School fiction is designated in the call number with the word “Fiction.” These books are shelved in Room 203 in alphabetical order by author. Our Graphic novel collection (GN) is located in Room 204, just to your right as you enter.


Books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme.

  • Room 201:
    • Reference books “R”s
    • New Books
    • Professional collection is located behind the circulation desk (marked with a red dot).
  • Room 203:
    • Fiction Books
  • Room 204:
    • Nonfiction call numbers are in Room 204.
    • A “Q” at the beginning of the call number indicates that the book is oversized but integrated into the rest of the collection. For example: 973.09 is next to Q.973.09.
    • A “B” at the beginning of the call number indicates that the book is a biography and is located after the 999s at the end of the non-fiction section.
    • Graphic Novels, “GN”s, are shelved along the west wall, on both sides of the fire doors.


  • Overnight:
    • Reference books may be checked out after 3 p.m. and returned by 8 a.m. the following day.
  • Two Weeks:
    • Fiction books
    • Graphic novels
  • Four Weeks:
    • Nonfiction books


Uni High has current year holdings for approximately 30 magazines and journals. Online full text, abstracts, and citations are available for many titles through databases subscribed to by the University Library. Older print issues are held by the Main Stacks or other University libraries–check the online catalog for availability.


  • Room 201
    • Current issues are displayed alphabetically by title.
    • Back issues of magazines are shelved alphabetically.
    • Current newspapers are on the rack by computers.
    • The last 2-3 weeks of local newspaper issues are shelved by the west windows.
    • Professional journals are located in room 202.


  • Overnight
    • Current issues may be checked out after 3 p.m. and are due back by 8 a.m. the following day.
  • Three Days
    • Back issues of periodicals may be borrowed for three days.

Electronic Resources


All library computers have internet access. The library also has wireless internet access, for those who wish to use their laptops in the library.


As part of the University Library system, users have access to a wide variety of online indexes and databases. On the Uni Library Homepage* there are links to databases most frequently used by Uni High students, as well as links to the full range of databases that the University Library subscribes to.

AV Resources

Uni High Library has a varied collection of AV equipment for faculty and student use. Some items, such as CD players, can be loaned to a department or a classroom on a yearly basis.

  • Reservations & Checkout
    • Equipment should be reserved in advance to ensure that it will be available. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know if you need equipment for more than a day.
  • Delivery & Use
    • Unfortunately, Uni High Library does not have the staff to deliver or operate equipment for faculty in their classrooms. You will need to pick up the equipment in the library or send a student with a signed note to do so. If you are unfamiliar with the operation of a machine, we’ll be happy to instruct you. If some piece of equipment is damaged or inoperable, please tell a library staff member.


The file cabinets in room 202 contain newspaper clippings about Uni High and its students, faculty, and alumni; student, faculty, and alumni publications; publications about Uni High; administrative and library documents; and much more. For a complete list of our archival holdings, visit the Archives page.


Current yearbooks (1960s-present) are shelved behind the circulation desk in Room 201. Library staff can retrieve earlier yearbooks from storage. Yearbooks do not circulate.


Reserve books are kept behind the circulation desk in Room 201 and are arranged according to faculty subject area.