Library Access After Graduation

Students in graduation gowns throwing their caps into the air. Photo by Modified 5/9/2019

Students in graduation gowns throwing their caps into the air. Photo by Modified 5/9/2019

Students, faculty and staff at UIC have amazing access to article databases, clinical ebook collections, scientific journals and other research resources. Hopefully in your time here you have made good use of Web of Science, SciFinder, JSTOR and subscriptions to Science, Nature and other titles. These titles are all accessed through the UIC Library and are partially funded by your tuition dollars. These resources are not available to the general public. If you want to continue reading and researching after you graduate, please read on to learn more about publicly accessible collections.

UIC Library privileges are extended to students one semester after graduation. If you are graduating in May 2019, you will have access to library resources using your UIC NetID for summer semester 2019. If you are graduating in December 2019, you will have access through spring semester 2020. After your one post-graduate semester you will not be able to log into databases, read ebooks online, download full text articles or request items through interlibrary loan.

UIC Alumni may request an Alumni Borrowing Card to check out books from the print collection.  This card doesn’t allow online access to databases or ebooks. If you are staying close to Chicago, then you can still use UIC databases by visiting the library in person. Any visitor may access our online collections without a NetID login by using the open visitor computers on the second floor of the Daley Library. These computers do not have an open internet connection so make sure to bring a flash drive to save your work.

There are many databases that do not require a subscription fee to use. PubMed is a free database provided by the National Library of Medicine that indexes thousands of biomed and life science journals. You may not be able to get full text for every article in PubMed, but you can at least create a list of sources in your research area. PubChem, a database within PubMed that you can find on the main drop-down menu, will be useful for looking up information on patents, toxicity and chemical structures or properties. Other search tools such as Protein and Gene, are also part of the PubMed suite of search tools.

Many organizations and institutions make their collections and search tools free for use online. You might already be familiar with the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Tree of Life. They are great free resources for finding species data, taxonomy and distribution maps. There are many free databases that cover a specific area within the Biological Sciences, such as BEN: Bioscience Education Network or The Paleobiology Database.  Government sites such as NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Geological Survey can help you find data and resources to support multidisciplinary work.

The glory of Open Access resources is that they are available to anyone with access to the internet.  BioMed Central is one such platform that allows access to 300 peer-reviewed journals in science, technology and medicine. PLoS publishes Open Access journals in several different disciplines.  Open Access resources in other disciplines may also be helpful in your research. is one of the largest holders of scientific articles preprints. You can use it to find articles on physics, statistics, computer science and quantitative biology.  

All the sites listed above are collected on the UIC Library Subject & Research Guides. All the UIC Library Subject and Research Guides will continue to be available to you. These sites can help you identify the sources and resources you need. If you have any questions about accessing resources through the UIC Library or post-graduation privileges, please email me Cathy Lantz (  Congratulations and good luck to all recent graduates!

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