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The mission of the academic library is to support American Islamic College’s students, various theological schools, and researchers in world religions. The library at the AIC is specialized and has a good collection of books and journals covering diverse fields in Islamic studies, General Theology, History of Religions, Middle Eastern & Global studies, Social Sciences, among others. The collections are in English, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu. 

The AIC library provides resources for study and research for students and faculty members. 

Circulating Materials

AIC patrons who have registered for borrowing privileges can borrow any of the library's circulating materials. Non-Circulating Materials Periodicals and reference books are for in-library use only. Two copiers, one with scanning capability, are available in the library.

Reserve Books and Materials

Books and materials placed on class reserves are to be read or photocopied in the Library. Students may borrow two items at a time for in library use only. If a book is needed for Reserve or recalled by another patron it should be returned immediately..

Loan Periods:

• The loan period for books is 28 days with 2 renewals of 28 days.
• The loan period for AV materials is 7 days with one renewal of 7 days.

Book Renewals

Renewals are the responsibility of the patron and can be done by computer either in the library or remotely by accessing the My Account button in the library catalog.


Three days after the due date, books are fined at .25¢ per day/per book up to a maximum of $10.00 per book. Books recalled for Reserve should be returned immediately, or will be subject to a fine.

Lost/Damaged Books

Replacement charges for lost/damaged books include the price of the book plus a $15.00 processing fee. The library staff will determine the need for replacement of a damaged book. The out-of-print book charge is $100.00 or the prevailing price of the book in the used book market, plus a mandatory-processing fee of $15.00. Books that were assumed lost, and are found and returned to the AIC library are subject to the overdue fee of $10.00 and/or a book processing fee of $15.00 for each book. Fees for lost books that are returned to the library within 6 months of payment will be refunded.

Computers and Wireless Access

AIC patrons may use Library computers or the Library’s wireless network to access electronic resources.

Visiting Other Libraries

The AIC library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with neighboring universities, such as Catholic Theological Union. To learn more about borrowing privileges at CTU, click here.

Library Hours
Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For information contact:
Balsam AL-Haddad
AIC- Librarian
773-281-4700/ 232

American Islamic Collge
640 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
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