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Access & Usage Policy

Current Loyola Students, Faculty, and Staff

Loyola students, faculty, and staff must 1) present a current Loyola ID card at the entrance to the IC and Lewis Library, and 2) always carry their Loyola ID card with them while using the IC, Cudahy Library, and Lewis Library.

Students entering the Information Commons without a Loyola ID more than three times a semester will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and may be fined $25.00

Alumni, Friends of the Libraries, Reciprocal Borrowers, and Community Guests

All visitors must show a valid, government-issued photo ID at the entrance to the IC and Lewis Library. Alumni, Friends of the Libraries, and reciprocal borrows should also bring an Alumni Card, a Friends of the Libraries Card, or an ID from a reciprocal institution, as applicable.

Entry hours for Alumni, Friend of the Libraries, reciprocal institution guests, and guests of Loyola members:

  • IC and Cudahy Library: Daily, 8 AM – midnight (or library closing time).
  • Lewis Library: Monday-Thursday, 8 AM – 8 PM; Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM.

Entry hours for community visitors:

  • IC and Cudahy Library: Monday-Saturday, 8 AM – 5 PM. Visitors must check in before 5PM and can stay after 5 PM but cannot re-enter after exiting. There are no entry hours on Sundays.
  • Lewis Library: no access for community visitors.
  • During end-of-semester finals periods (late November/early December and late April/early May), there is no access for community visitors at the IC and Cudahy Library, and no access for reciprocal borrowers at Lewis Library. Alumni, Friends, Guests of Loyola Patrons, and Reciprocal Borrowers may still access the IC/Cudahy with the proper identification, and alumni may still access Lewis Library with the proper identification. For specific dates, please see the “Combined Schedule” section on our Hours page.

Guidelines for Using Library Spaces

  • We strongly encourage wearing masks at all times while in the library.
  • Small, pre-packaged snacks (candy, energy bars, dried fruit) and drinks in covered containers are permitted. Meals, hot foods, and outside delivery of food are not permitted in any library spaces.
  • Please wear headphones when using the sound on a computer or mobile device.

Archives by Appointment Only

Please contact the archives for appointments:

Please see the Law Library and Health Sciences Library for access policies, as they differ from Cudahy Library, the IC, and Lewis Library.

Accessibility Information

Please see Accessibility Information for current information about the accessibility of library spaces and services.

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