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COVID-19 Details for UIC Libraries

This guide is to keep people updated on requirements for entering the library during Covid-19 restrictions

Swipe your i-Card to enter the library. You need to show that you have (1) booked a seat and (2) complied with health guidelines. See details below.

For the Daley Library, use the southeast entrance (the IDEA Commons).

IDEA Commons Entrance

Booking a Seat in the Library

All visits to Daley and LHS-C require booking a seat. Only individual study is available; no study rooms or group study. Use this system to:

  • Book a seat with or without a computer
  • Check out books at Circulation
  • Use Print/scan stations

Book a Seat in the Library

Campus Health Screening Procedures

To enter the library, you need to comply with all University Level Policies on health screening and the screening protocol outlined by your home college or department, the Dean of Students, or Campus Housing, even if you feel healthy.

  • Do not come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • To enter the library you must:
    • Book a seat
    • Schedule Saliva-based COVID Testing a minimum of once every 14 days. If you take the saliva-based test on the same day you wish to visit the library, ask for a proof of testing form at the testing site. Testing is necessary for vaccinated individuals.
    • Complete the UIC Healthcheck self-assessment tool.
  • If you come to campus and begin experiencing any possible COVID-19 symptoms, you must leave campus and inform your healthcare provider. Employees should notify their local HR representative. Faculty, staff and health science professional students (Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Applied Health Sciences) should report through University Health Services online form. Students should call Student Health Services for guidance at 312-996-2901.

Note: Low-contact materials pickup does not require a booking, Healthcheck or Saliva Testing.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Library Use

  1. Be prepared to show your Healthcheck Daily Pass when requested.
  2. Schedule a Saliva-Based COVID test at least once every 14 days. If you take the test the same day you wish to visit the library, ask for a proof of testing form at the testing site and show it at the library entrance.
  3. Be prepared to show your UIC i-Card when requested.
  4. Wear a mask at all times.
  5. Use only the seat you booked; do not change seats.
  6. Do not bring disposable drink containers.
  7. Do not move furniture.
  8. No collaborative study allowed, even with members of your household.
  9. Clean your assigned seat and work area in the library before and after use (cleaning supplies are provided).
  10. Do not eat in the library.
  11. Maintain social distancing.
  12. Comply with all posted signs and library staff instructions.

Patrons in the library who violate this code of conduct will be asked to leave the library and may be referred for student disciplinary process.

Dining on Campus

On the West Campus, Student Center West has vendors and dining areas, and Sbarro is open across the street from LHS.

On the East Campus, food and dining areas are available in Student Center East on the 1st and 2nd floor.

Getting Help from a Librarian

  • Research help is available online.  
  • The IDEA Commons help desk will not be staffed.

Exceptions to Normal Library Use

Some library services and areas are NOT available for Spring 2021:

  • Lockers
  • Study Carrels
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Vending Machines and Cafes
  • Daley Library areas: IDEA Commons Computer Lab, Circle Reading Room
  • Designated quiet zones (headphones should be used for music or video-conferencing)
  • Visitor Research Computers

Library Hours