Borrowing Privileges at the University of Chicago for NU Patrons

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Northwestern faculty, staff and currently registered students may gain access to the University of Chicago libraries by showing their valid Northwestern ID at the building entrance. They are also eligible to receive borrowing privileges at all libraries on the University of Chicago campus.

Who Is Eligible?

This service is available to Northwestern University faculty, staff and currently registered students who have library privileges at Northwestern.

The access and borrowing arrangements do not apply to research assistants; alumni; retired faculty (except emeritus faculty); visiting scholars; children and/or domestic partners of faculty, staff or students; fee borrowers; corporate borrowers; etc.

Obtaining a University of Chicago Borrower's Card

To obtain a University of Chicago borrower's card, you have two options:

To receive a card immediately, you may go to the ID and Privileges office at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library (see hours below). You will be asked to complete the necessary form. Staff will then verify your status and issue you a card.

To arrange to have the card sent to the Northwestern Main Library, you may fill out the online request form below. The form will be forwarded to the University of Chicago's privileges office and the library card will be available for pickup from the Northwestern privileges office approximately 5 working days after the initial application has been filled out.

Online University of Chicago Privileges Request Form for Northwestern Community Members

The card will be valid for an academic year and has a fixed expiration date of October 31. It may be renewed annually as long as you are affiliated with Northwestern and your library account at both instiutions is in good standing.

Loan Periods

Northwestern faculty and graduate students may borrow books from the University of Chicago for 12 weeks from the date of checkout. All books are subject to recall with a guaranteed loan period of one week.

Northwestern undergraduates and staff may borrow books from the University of Chicago for 4 weeks from the date of checkout. All books are subject to recall with a guaranteed loan period of one week.


Renewals may be made in person at the University of Chicago or by logging into My Account on the University of Chicago Library website. All Northwestern users are allowed three online renewals, after which all material must be renewed in person.


Northwestern faculty, staff and students who borrow materials from the University of Chicago library will be responsible for any fines or lost book fees. The University of Chicago charges $3.00 per day for overdue recalled materials, $1.00 per hour for overdue reserve materials, and $100.00 to $150.00 per title for lost books.

Returning Books

In addition to returning material directly to the University of Chicago, Northwestern borrowers may return books to the Northwestern Main Library Circulation desk.

Please note: any University of Chicago Library item returned to the Northwestern University Library will not be checked in until it reaches the University of Chicago library. Please plan accordingly by assuming a minimum 7-day transit between the libraries, during which fines may accrue. Patrons will be held responsible for any book returned in this manner until it is checked in at the owning library.

Contact Information

University of Chicago ID and Privileges Office

Address: Joseph Regenstein Library
  Room 100F
  1100 E. 57th Street
  Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-8782
  (773) 702-3344
Fax: (773) 702-6623

Regular Academic Year Hours
8:30am to 7:00pm Monday-Thursday
8:30am to 5:00pm Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday

Summer Hours
8:30am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday