Biology Library FAQs

Finding Books and Other Materials

How do I look for books?

To look for books by author, title, subject, or keyword use the Library Online Catalog.

For additional help, see the guide Find Books from the University Library LEARN.

Also, check out these LEARN videos:

Can I request a book from a UIUC library?

Yes.  To request a book from any UIUC library, first find the book in the Library Online Catalog. On the item record page, click on the Request button Enter your library borrower ID number (the 14-digit Library #  above the bar code on your I-card) and your last name.  Click Login.  Fill in the provided online form.  You may choose to pick up the book at a designated UIUC library or you can have the book sent to your campus office address.  Feel free to ask for help at the Reference Desk.

If the book is not in the Library Online Catalog, try searching the CARLI I-Share online catalog -- the database for the CARLI libraries.  While still in the Library Online Catalog, click on the I-Share Catalog at the top of the search page.  [You may also get directly to I-Share Catalog via the Library Gateway and under Library Catalogs, select I-Share under Off Campus Catalogs.]  The default is to search all I-Share libraries.  To select a the particular library catalog location you wish to search, click I-Share Members, and the particular location's catalog you wish -- select I-Share for all locations' catalogs.  Click Search.  All CARLI libraries use the same type of Voyager Endeavor catalog system so search for the book title as you did in the UIUC Library Online Catalog.   At the top of the record, click on the Request button .   Select your Home ILCSO Library - Univ. of Illinois-UC.  Enter your library borrower ID number (the 14-digit Library #  above the bar code on your I-card) and your last name.  Click Login.  Fill in the provided online form.  You may choose to pick up the book at a designated UIUC library.  Faculty, staff, and graduate students with campus offices select UIUC campus Mail to have the book sent to your campus office address.  Feel free to ask for help at the Reference Desk.  See video Find a Book that is Unavailable at UIUC.

You can request a book through campus interlibrary loan (when you know that it is not available from any campus library) directly from the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL/DD).  Click on Login to my Account . Log in with your campus NetID and password.  Click Return. The first time you do this, you will need to enter your campus address information , as well as your library borrower identification number (above the bar code on your I-card) into the ILLIAD Patron form.  For more information, see Borrowing Office Policies and FAQs.  Related videos from University Library LEARN:

 

  How do I find out what new books have been acquired by the Biology Virtual Library?

The Biology Library New Books List is available online.

Where can I find books in the Biology collection?

Most of the Biology Library's books can be found either in the Funk ACES Library or in the Oak Street Remote Storage Facility.  An increasing number of books are available electronically so you can access them anywhere.

 

  How long can I keep books?

This depends on the circulation policy for the library in question. For biology items moved to the Funk ACES Library, see their circulation policy. In general, books may be checked out for 4 weeks by undergraduate students and non-library staff, and for 16 weeks by graduate students, library staff, academic professionals and faculty.  Exceptions are books on Course Reserve, and some series titles (see the item Online Library Catalog record or librarian).

 

Where can I read microfiche/microfilm media?

The designation "Film " or "Fiche " above the call number indicates Microform format.  Microforms are stored in a cabinet in the Reading Room near the reshelving area.  Microforms may be checked out and have the same loan period as books.  The Biology Library does not have Microform readers but the following campus libraries do:

 

Business and Economics Library

   101 Main Library

 

Microfiche/microfilm reader/printer

Main Library Reference Room

   200 Main Library

 

Microfiche reader/printer

Microfilm reader (no printer)

Newspaper Library

   246 Main Library

 

Microfiche reader/printers

Microfilm reader/printers

Government Documents Library

   200D Main Library    

 

Microfiche reader/printers

Microfilm reader/printers

Music Library

   2136 Music Building 1114 West

   Nevada Street

Microfiche reader/printers

Microfilm reader/printers

 


Contact the Biosciences Librarian:
Kelli Trei
(217) 244-2503
ktrei2@illinois.edu