Welcome! This guide is designed to help you make the most of your visit to the UIC library.
The above image from the Explore Chicago Collections portal is a sign bidding Fair patrons farewell after visiting the Century of Progress. Search Explore Chicago Collections to find thousands of digital images and archival materials related to the history of Chicago.
First Floor IDEA Commons: classroom/computer lab, reference desk for getting help with research. Go here to ask for help searching for books and articles or for general help using the library
2nd Floor: Print Journals, Newspapers on microfilm
3rd Floor: Special Collections/University Archives, book stacks (many Chicago History books are shelved in the F548 call number range)
Visitors to UIC Library are not able to print out articles, but you may save material to a USB flash drive.
Visitors can buy a Dragon Dollars card to photocopy from books and journals, or for free you can scan them to a USB flash drive.
Search the Encyclopedia of Chicago online to find useful background information on a wide range of Chicago History topics. Specialized encyclopedias can inform your research by filling you in on important names, dates or ideas and connecting you to additional sources selected by historians.