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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). 

Finding Ebooks

For more 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. Use your UChicago Card or other library card to check out items or pick up items via our Paging & Pickup service. 

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


Regular loan items are renewed automatically three times. Once you reach the renewal limit, you must bring the items back to a Circulation desk to be renewed. Visit My Account in the Library Catalog and select Checked Out Items to see what you currently have checked out from the Library.