Adding the UIC address book to your Mac

An email I sent out to all of my classmates:

Hi MUPP students,

I have a tip that will give you a major productivity gain when you have to email classmates and you don’t know their addresses. I can only give you directions for Mac OS X, though, so if you use Windows… well, just get a Mac.

This productivity gain will allow the Apple Address Book and Apple Mail applications to search the UIC address book for emails of classmates and faculty as you type the first few letters of someone’s name.

Let’s say you forgot *my* email address and you can’t find your syllabus. You can access the UIC address book online, or you can tell your Mac to look in the UIC electronic directory. Type in “steven vance” and you see the results in the attached screenshot.

UIC address book

Here’s how to do it: (I am using Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5)

  1. Open Apple Address Book.
  2. Open the Address Book preferences by pressing Command (Apple) + Comma, or by clicking Address Book>Preferences.
  3. Click on the LDAP button in the Preferences window.
  4. Click on the + (plus) sign at the bottom of this LDAP pane.
  5. In the dropdown sheet, input the following information: Name = UIC Directory, Server =, Port = 389, Search Base = ou=people,dc=uic,dc=edu, Scope = One level, Authentication = None.
  6. Click Save. Close the Preferences window.
  7. Test out the new functionality by clicking on the Directories item in the Groups list of the Address Book application. In the Directories list, click on UIC Directory. Click in the search form and type, slowly, a classmate’s or professor’s name. The names of people who match the query will show in the result list.
  8. Apple Mail now also has this functionality to use when you address a new email.

If you have issues, let me know.

The information is the same for other colleges and universities that offer public LDAP access. The University of Chicago has instructions on this page.


1 Response to “Adding the UIC address book to your Mac”

  1. 1 joe July 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    This works well on Mozilla Thunderbird too! The settings are virtually the same. You just access the Address Book-> File -> New -> LDAP Directory. Then use:

    Name: UIC LDAP Server
    Base DN: ou=people,dc=uic,dc=edu
    Port Number: 389
    Bind DN: [leave blank]
    Use secure connection: unchecked

    Then on advanced:
    Don’t return… : 100 results
    Scope: One Level
    Search filter: (objectclass=*)
    Login method: Simple

    Then just go to Offline and load all of the data onto your computer. Simple but useful…

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