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A guide to the library services available under our continuity plan.

Changes to Library Procedures

Due Dates

Any material that was checked out on, before, or in some cases after March 1st, will have any overdue fine and fees* canceled between the period of March 1st through September 17th, 2021. Please contact a librarian to have any overdue materials extended. Please remember that you are responsible(and liable) for any item that you have checked out until it is physically checked in by library staff. 

Interlibrary Loan

At this time, Interlibrary Loan of physical items will be temporarily suspended. Interlibrary Loan can still be used for digital requests, such as journal articles and book chapters.

Instead of requesting an entire book, try requesting just a chapter. Fill out the "Title of chapter" field and change the request type from LOAN to COPY and we will have a chapter scanned by a partner library.

At this time we ask that if you currently have an Interlibrary Loan book, please hold onto it until campuses return to their normal operations. There will be no fines or fees collected on these materials.  

Research Consultations

All research consultations are being done virtually at this time. To schedule a research consultation please reach out to a librarian

Library Hours

Starting the week of August 31st, the Chicago Branch of the University Library will be available on Thursdays, by appointment only. Find out more!

Virtual Library Resources

The quickest way to get help with any question is to use the library chat (the orange button in the bottom-right corner of this page). Chat is now online 24/7! You can expect to reach a TCSPP librarian or library assistant between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM ET (8-8 CT, 6-6 PT). Outside of those hours, your chat may be answered by a librarian from another institution who is trained to assist you. If there is no one online to answer your chat, you can leave us a message through that same button and a member of the TCSPP library staff will get back to you as soon as the library reopens. 

We have gathered some library resources that you can access from anywhere to get you started with your research:

Fine and Fee Disclaimer

Please note that while fine and fees will be canceled between the aforementioned period, individuals are still liable for the cost of any lost or damaged items (this includes items shipped by mail).