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Is Morris Library open?

Portions of Morris Library are still open for students, staff and faculty to access WiFi and/or needing study space. The first floor computer lab (room 139) has 14 computers and a printer for use. The first floor study area around Delyte’s is also open for users. Both of these areas are available Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. You will need to enter these spaces via the north or east doors. Morris Library proper is currently closed until further notice.

Three of the CLCs are open on campus: Faner, ASA, and Mass Comm, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

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How can I access Morris Library materials?

Due to the Governor’s state-wide order to shelter-in-place through April 30, 2020, we will no longer check out print materials from our local collection.

Requests for articles via interlibrary loan that we do not own will still be processed, but due to the closures across the country this service may take longer.

For help accessing library resources from off-campus, see our help guide or contact Ask-A-Librarian.

Due to Morris Library service desks being closed, we are unable to provide Courtesy Cards for community users. We will reassess this after Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order is lifted.


I have books currently checked out to me from Morris (or another library). I don’t want to come to Morris to return them – how do I avoid any overdue fines?

  • All interlibrary loan books (pink bands) are being automatically renewed until July 1, 2020.
  • Morris Library and I-Share items will not be accruing fines.
  • All items returned by July 1 will not accrue any fines.


How can I return items?

If I decide to return materials currently checked out to me – where should I return them?

Morris Library is still accepting book returns, but please be aware that items will be in quarantine for a minimum of one week before being removed from your account.

Both bookdrops are currently located in the north entrance vestibule and have signs indicating whether they are open or closed for returns.

We encourage patrons to hold onto items until the shelter in place order is lifted, if possible. No fines will be assessed to your account during this time.


What materials are available online?

All of our online journals and articles remain available and may be searched through OneSearch and the individual databases.

Morris Library also offers access to a large collection of ebooks through its library catalog, with other sources listed at This selection includes open access textbooks.

Our streaming video collection includes over 68,000 videos from Alexander Street Press covering history, performing arts, art, architecture, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, education, rehabilitation, sports medicine and exercise science.

Multiple publishers currently offer temporary access to their online collections due to COVID-1