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Library Orientation for International Students

A guide detailing library resources and services for incoming and current international students.

Library Collections

The Library builds and preserves outstanding research collections that support the present and future needs of its faculty, students, and staff. Distinctive collections include:

  • Anthropology
  • Biological sciences
  • Classics
  • East & South Asia
  • History of religions
  • History of science, technology and medicine
  • Maps
  • Middle East
  • Slavic & Eastern Europe

Forty-five percent of the Library’s collections are in languages other than English, supporting faculty research with a global impact and making the Library a mecca for international scholars.

Learn more about the Library's collections by browsing our subject guides!

Searching in the Library Catalog

The Library offers a wide variety of materials including but not limited to books, articles, government documents, maps, and data. Watch this short video to learn how to find materials using the library catalog.

Open Stacks at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Libraries have an open stack policy, meaning that patrons have direct access to the shelves for browsing and borrowing books. Check out the sub-page "Open Stacks" If you would like to learn more about how to find an item in our open stacks.

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