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Loyola University Chicago Libraries

African Studies and the African Diaspora

Locate core research resources related to African studies and the African diaspora

Finding Books

How can I search for books?

Library Catalog - Look for books, DVDs, ebooks, and electronic articles at Loyola.

Where is my book?

 Lewis Floor Maps and Cudahy Floor Maps 

  • Stacks - Your book is on a shelf in either Cudahy or Lewis. Request item for contactless pickup.
  • Reserves - Your book is at the circulation desk of Lewis or Cudahy. 
  • Library Storage - Submit a request and someone will get it for you!
  • Reference - Your book is shelved in the reference area.

You don’t have the book I need.

Request a book chapter or article with our InterLibrary Loan Program (ILLiad).


The LUC Libraries provides access to several different e-book collections. Not all e-book titles are available in one online resource but many are held in the Online Catalog and in a program also used to located e-journals. Please see the E-books Subject Guide for complete information on all the libraries’ e-book collections and use the links below for access.

  • Library Catalog
    To find e-books in the catalog, enter search terms as normal. Once you receive your search results, you may filter to Books on the left hand side of the screen and Full Text Online.
  • Other e-book collections
    A listing of other available e-book collections.

Looking for an e-book that the LUC Libraries do not currently have? Please use the Purchase Request form and select "Book/E-book" in the Resource Type field and "electronic" in the Preferred Format field.

Renewing Items

To view due dates and materials checked out, please use My Library Account



Requesting Items

The Information Commons and Lewis Library are open and Loyola students, faculty, and staff may request books and DVDs for contactless pickup. Requests may be delayed due to processing time. 

We are currently fulfilling requests from the Library Storage Facility on a case-by-case basis. If a user requests an item that is damaged (whether due to mold or another reason), requests will be cancelled and the user notified. 

Request a DVD for pickup

Requests for audiovisual materials are processed Monday - Friday between 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

To request a DVD please fill out this formYou will need the following information when filling out the form:

  • Title
  • Call Number (begins with 046)
  • Date Needed and Alternate Date

An email will be sent once the item is available to schedule a contactless pickup appointment. 

Please allow 2-3 business days to process requests for material at different campuses.

Status Loan Materials
Faculty & Graduate Students 5 days
Undergraduate Students & Staff 5 days

You can also find the DVD request form in the library catalog, as shown below: