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Visitor Privileges & Resources

Visitor access

We welcome visitors during public access hours.

Please bring a government-issued photo ID to check in at the welcome desk. Everyone entering the library is required to wear a mask in accordance with campus policy. Disposable masks are available at the Main and Deering welcome desks if needed.

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Tours and class visits

We welcome library tours and high school class visits to the Libraries. Scheduling is subject to staff and space availability and the University's academic calendar. Please note that we may only be able to accommodate limited group sizes for visits. Inquire about instruction for your class or group via the library instruction request form.

Borrowing privileges

Borrowing privileges are available to the following groups:
Group Requirements Fee
Alumni with degree Photo ID, Library staff will verify graduation  $25 for 1 year 
Alumni without degree Photo ID $50 for 3 months, $150 for 1 year 
Evanston Borrower  Photo ID, Proof of Address  $50 for 3 months, $150 for 1 year 
Reciprocal*  Photo ID, Institution ID, Good standing at home library  No fee 
Faculty/Staff Spouse  Spouse Wildcard  No fee 
Temporary/Contract Employee  Temporary Employee or Contractor Wildcard  No fee 

*Faculty, staff, and students of the following universities are eligible for reciprocal borrowing:
  • Indiana University
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

To apply for borrowing privileges, please fill an application.

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Limitations to Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges do not give borrowers off-campus access to subscription services, due to site-licensing agreements. Borrowing card holders are not eligible to use the Library's Interlibrary Loan or Scan & Deliver services.