Learning Remotely

Learning Resources

Information on library resources, research collections, and opportunities to support student learning and engagement are gathered here. A companion site, Remote Student Research Experiences, provides a number of resources, guidance, and best practices for students undertaking research experiences remotely.

Library Collections and Learning Support

  • Enroll in the Library Orientation Canvas Course to explore our six campus libraries and improve your research skills. It includes helpful videos and learning modules designed to introduce you to the wide range of collections and services at the UChicago Library. The course can be taken at your own pace—complete the sections you want and return as needed.
  • Learn how to access library resources from off-campus.
  • Many University instructors use Library Reserves to provide access to readings and other course materials in Canvas.
  • Use the Library Catalog to locate ebooks for your courses or research. ArticlesPlus is a good database for finding articles online.
  • Request free scans of book chapters or articles not available online via the Library using Scan & Deliver.
  • The Library’s Research Guides recommend specialized research tools for your major or research topic. Or use the Library’s help guides to locate specific types of sources.
  • The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library’s rare books, archives, and manuscript collections. Special Collections is a vibrant, interactive place to conduct research and engage with original sources. Several of their collections and exhibits have been digitized.
  • Librarians are available to help you live online via the Ask a Librarian chat or email service. Library experts are also available remotely via appointment to consult with about your research assignments or projects.

University Offices Supporting Student Learning and Research

  • The College Academic Advising Office supports students as they develop individualized paths through the curriculum, allowing students to meet their academic, personal, and professional goals.
  • The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) advises students on research opportunities, grants, and national fellowships.
  • The College Center for Student Success (CCSS) empowers First-Generation, Lower-Income, and Immigrant (FLI) students in the College, provides resources and tools that promote student success, and offers programming and community events that build positive self-identity and a sense of belonging.
  • UChicagoGRAD offers a wide range of individual advising, webinars, and other resources for graduate students and postdocs.

Campus Museums and Other Archives

Campus museums are offering virtual tours of exhibits and collections and access to archival material.

  • The Oriental Institute Online provides opportunities to explore the collections, view exhibits, and browse digital publications.
  • The Smart Museum At Home offers virtual visits, digital resources, artist interviews, and more all designed to foster continued inquiry.
  • Chicago-Area Archives and Special Collections lists libraries, archives, and museum collections in the Chicago-are open to researchers. Visit each institution’s website for details about access and digitized collections.
  • Explore Chicago Collections is an online portal for Chicago-related topics, providing access to more than 100,000 maps, photos, and letters held at a variety of institutions.


  • The Art History Department’s Visual Research Center provides access to over 400,000 digital images, and hosts several collections of original content in collaboration with the Renaissance Society, the Smart Museum, the South Side Community Art Center, and others.

General Student Resources

Additional Learning Opportunities and Engagement

Many online resources for learning and engaging the campus community beyond the classroom are available and more will be developed in the coming weeks and months.

  • UChicago Virtual Events provides a central place to find opportunities to learn and engage the entire University.
  • The College’s Virtual Programming site offers information on a wide range of online activities and resources including lectures and conversations, performing arts, virtual volunteering opportunities, and much more on campus and beyond.
  • LinkedIn Learning at UChicago is a free service for the entire UChicago community. LinkedIn Learning is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Virtual UChicago Arts includes information on livestreams, workshops, events and other opportunities to engage in our arts community.
  • Rockefeller Memorial Chapel offers carillon recordings, reflections from the Dean of the Chapel, and a chance to explore the Chapel virtually.
  • On Botany Pond features a live webcam and includes information about Botany Pond’s history.

Podcasts, Recorded Lectures, and Online Publications