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Library Guide for History Graduate Students   Tags: historical_research, history  

Basic, up-to-date how-to information important for any History Graduate student.
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We hope this guide will give you a detailed overview of the different types of resources available to you as a history grad student. Because the UIUC Library has a very extensive collection of material in a variety of formats, beginning your research can be daunting. This guide will provide you with strategies for finding resources, as well as links to resources available so that you can find the content you need.

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Last Updated: 2008


Library Basics

Loan period

Books ordinarily circulate for 16 weeks to faculty and graduate students, and for 4 weeks to undergrads and staff. Periodicals do not circulate in all departmental libraries; typically unbound issues cannot be checked out, and bound journals circulate for 1-2 weeks. You can renew all library materials (except reserves) through the online catalog (“My Account”).

Books borrowed from I-Share Libraries circulate for 4 weeks, and may be renewed up to 3 times, for a maximum loan period of 16 weeks.

Fine schedule

Books - No daily overdue charge on books, but a $10 processing fee is assessed at 34 days and the book is “assumed lost.” At this stage a bill to cover the cost of replacement (minimum of $125) is assessed via the UIUC accounting office. Overdue notices are sent by e-mail. Periodicals - $2 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour, up to a maximum of $50. Replacement cost starts at $300, automatically assessed after 34 days. Reserves – $2 per hour, up to a maximum of $50. Recalls - $5.00 per day up to a maximum of $25.

Note: If you are going to be out of town for an extended period, you should return your library books to avoid incurring fines in case one of the books is recalled in your absence.

For more information on loan periodis and fines, consult the webpage Borrowing Privileges for UIUC Graduate Students.


Copiers are scattered throughout the Library, and we have two in the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library. Photocopiers accept coins ($ .15) and Value Cards. The Value Card is purchased for any amount up to $50 from a Value Card Teller machine (located next to the long circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, on the upper level of the Undergraduate Library, and in the Education and Social Sciences Library). Each time you make a copy, $ .09 is deducted from the balance. Your i-card can also be used as a value card if you load it at one of the Value Card Teller machines.


There are scanners available throughout the Library. HPNL has an Epson flatbed scanner in our microfilm stacks. There are also flatbed scanners in Main Reference. Main Reference also has a Bookeye planetary scanner, and a Book2Net scanner. The Bookeye and Book2Net scanners make non-damaging scans of books, which is especially useful for tightly-bound volumes. For more information on scanning machines in the Library, consult the webpage Guide to Scanner Use.


Viewer Scanners

ST 200 Viewer ScannerThe History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library has several microfilm/microfiche digital viewer-scanners.  We have three new Scan Pro 1000 viewer-scanners, and four ST 200s.  There are also viewer-scanners in the International and Area Studies Library,  the Music Library, and the Architecture and Art Library, but you might have trouble finding anyone who can help you operate the machines in those libraries. Using these viewer-scanners, you can download images from microform to memory devices, e-mail images, upload to Netfiles, or burn a CD, at no charge. You can also make print copies from the viewer-scanners for $ .10 per page. Older coin-operated reader-printers are available in the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library, the Education and Social Sciences Library, and the International and Area Studies Library.

Also take a look at the Finding Microforms guide for more info.

Other Resources

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Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm;
Friday: 9am - 5pm;
Saturday: 1pm - 5pm;
Sunday: 1pm - 8pm

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