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Fall 2021 Library Service Modifications

Last update 9/22/2021

Loyola University Chicago Libraries’ priority is to serve our students, faculty, and staff needs while protecting the health and safety of the community. Library locations have reopened, and our pre-pandemic services have resumed with necessary health and safety modifications. Information about our updated services are available on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

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Hours for all library locations 

Current hours are until further notice. Note that hours will expand as staffing levels increase. 

Connections Café is closed until further notice, but should reopen later this semester.

Archives by Appointment Only 

Archival research continues to be by appointment only for the fall. Requests for appointments:  

Requirements for Using Library Spaces 

Please wear a mask at all times while in the library. Food is not permitted, but drinks are permitted in covered containers. Please wear headphones when using the sound on a computer or mobile device.  

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

We welcome alumni, Friends of the Libraries, reciprocal borrowers, and community members. Please note all visitors to the library must show proof of vaccination and a valid, government-issued photo ID. Alumni, Friends, and reciprocal borrowers should additionally bring an Alumni Card, a Friends of the Libraries Card, or an ID from a reciprocal institution, as applicable.  

Entry hours for community visitors at the Information Commons and Cudahy Library: 8AM and 5PM, Monday-Saturday. Visitors may check in between 8AM and 5PM, Monday-Saturday. No visitors will be admitted after 5PM. Those checking in before 5PM may stay after 5PM but no reentry is permitted. There is no visitor access on Sundays. 

Entry hours for Alumni, Friends of the Libraries, those from reciprocal institutions, and guests of Loyola patrons at Information Commons, Cudahy Library, and Lewis Library: 8AM-midnight, or until buildings close. 

See this page for complete information 

Research Help 

In person and phone help is now available at the reference desks at the Information Commons and Lewis Library. Research help appointments are available in person and online. 

Complete hours and services for research help 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (borrowing books from other libraries) is available to all faculty, staff, and students. Please see this page to access Interlibrary Loan services and get more information

Book Delivery for Students Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses 

We have restored home delivery of library books for students who are enrolled exclusively in online classes. Please see this page for complete information on this program

HathiTrust Digital Library 

Emergency Temporary Access Service ended September 7, but books in the public domain will remain available.Please see this page to learn more about HathiTrust

Returning Books Shipped Directly from the Libraries 

If you received books from the Libraries shipped directly via Amazon, please deposit them in any Lakeshore Campus Book Drop with a note including the phrase “Ship-Direct Return” and your UVID/email address. You are not expected to return materials until you are able to do so on campus. If your situation dictates that you must return materials via a carrier service (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.), please email for more information. 

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