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University of Chicago Library Orientation

Learn about Library collections, services, and resources that are essential for UChicago students.

Finding Books at the Library

Do you want to know if the Library owns a book? Start with the Library Catalog. The Library Catalog searches for items that the Library owns (print, media, or online). 


If you are studying remotely, you can limit your search to the Library's ebooks. For information about using our various ebook platforms, including download instructions and access limits, visit our help guide:

Borrow and Renew


Students of the University of Chicago can borrow unlimited items from the library for quarter-long loans. To borrow most Library items via our Paging & Pickup service, you present your UChicago Card or other library card.

For detailed due date information, see Due Dates and Loan Periods.


To renew loaned items, log in to My Account in the Library Catalog and select Checked Out Items.

Students can renew regular loan items online three times. Once you reach the renewal limit, you must bring the items back to a Circulation desk to be renewed. Quarterly loans may be renewed starting the Monday after the quarter ends.

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