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Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Library Services, 2021: Home



Our expert librarians and staff are here to help you find sources and services that you need to be successful with your online learning.  Below are some of the most commonly requested topics and answers.  We are happy to help!

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For real-time help from a librarian or library staff, please use our Ask a Librarian Chat Service

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Book Return Locations

Lake Shore Campus
You can return library books to the book drop located next to the doors on the west side of Cudahy Library (across from Dumbach Hall). You can also use the book drop located in the foyer of the Information Commons during opening hours.

Water Tower Campus
When the Corboy Law Center is open, you can use the book drop located in the lobby.

Digital Collections

Access primary sources from the history of Loyola and the Chicago area, as well as other topics of importance to the University.  View special collections from: 
•    University Archives
•    Women and Leadership Archives

Research and Learning

Looking for help with research or classroom instruction? The University Libraries offers a variety of ways to connect with a librarian for one-on-one assistance as well as library instruction sessions for the classroom.  

For real-time help from a librarian or library staff use our Ask a Librarian Chat Service.

You can also request a Research Appointment with a library subject specialist. 

Faculty interested in setting up a library instruction session can use the Classroom Instruction Request form or contact your subject specialist to make an appointment.

Librarians and library staff can also be reached via email at  


Can't find what you need?  Visit this page for more services regarding spaces, technology, and more.

Request Forms

Many library services can be requested through various forms found on the library website. Please refer to the following forms for specific requests: 

  • You can request a Librarian to purchase particular books for our collection via the Purchase Request form

  • Use the Course Reserve form to place items on reserve for a class.

  • For DVD and/or Streaming Movie Purchase requests, please contact our Media Services Librarian via email at

  • Reserve our Information Commons computer lab (IC120) using this form. (Please note: this service has been suspended during the COVID-19 closure.)

Contact Us

If you would like to direct questions to a specific library department  please refer to the contact information below.

Cudahy Library Access Services (Lake Shore Campus)
Please note that all phones listed are not regularly staffed, so responses will be delayed.  Thanks for your patience.

Information Commons (Lake Shore Campus)
If you have questions regarding entry requirements for the IC, are interested in reserving a study room, or have other questions regarding the Information Commons please contact us at 773.508.8000.

Lewis Library (Water Tower Campus)

University Archives (Lake Shore Campus)

Women and Leadership Archives (Lake Shore Campus)

  • Contact our archivists by email at
  • Contact our archivists by telephone at 773.508.8837. Please note that this phone is not regularly staffed, so there will be a delay in response.  

Contact our Subject Specialists

Library subject specialists can provide customized guidance for research in all academic disciplines.  View a list of our librarians and contact information.