Central Access Services



My Library Account

The My Account function in the online library catalog enables you to renew materials you have checked out, view the status of your requests, check whether you have fines/fees from other I-Share schools, and save your search commands.

Accessing My Library Account

  1. Access the Library Gateway: http://www.library.uiuc.edu
  2. Select My Library Account.
  3. Complete the login form as follows:
    • Enter your library ID number (14 digits);
    • Enter your last name;
    • Click "Login."
When finished, click logout to prevent unauthorized access to your account.

Due Dates

Materials that you have checked out are arranged in order by institution and then by when they are due.  You will be able to renew overdue items from the UIUC library and from many other libraries. However, if an item reaches the renewal limit (which varies from institution to institution), if the item has the status of lost, or if the item has been recalled, you will not be able to renew it and should return it to the library.

Renew Items

You may renew items from UIUC and other libraries through My Account.

To renew an item:

  1. Check the box to the left of the item title(s).
  2. Click Renew Selected Items.
  3. Review item status messages for notices that items could not be renewed and/or to see the new due dates.

Status of Requested Items

After placing a request in the online library catalog, the status of the request can be seen in My Account. If an item is ready for you to pick up, the pick-up location will be listed. If you want to cancel a request before it is processed, you can do so by checking the box to the left of the title and then clicking Cancel Selected Requests. If your request cannot be filled, you will receive notification via email.

Fines and Fees

If you have any UIUC fines, the amount will be recorded here until a bill is issued.  All UIUC fees are collected by the University. UIUC students staff and faculty will be billed with your University e-bill, others will receive a bill by mail.  Fines and fees from other l-Share libraries will be collected by those libraries. If you have questions regarding a fines or fees, please contact the Circulation &  Billing Office at 217-333-8288.

Search Preferences

Search Preferences allows you to choose a default search screen for searching the Online Library Catalog:

Quick Search, Guided Keyword Search, or Course Reserve. 

To use your Search Preferences, you must login to the Online Library Catalog before beginning to search.

My Searches

My Searches saves a search strategy that can be re-executed.  This search can be re-executed weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to determine if any new library acquisitions have been made in your field of interest.

Change Address

The Library gets your address from the campus. This is the address to which your library material will be sent if you're eligible to have items sent via campus mail. Please visit the Illinois Directory website for instructions on updating your address.

Catalog Assistance

Questions?  Please visit "Ask A Librarian" at http://www.library.uiuc.edu/askus/ to find out how to contact us in person, via phone (217-333-2290), e-mail (reflib@uiuc.edu), or chat. 

Further information about My Account is also available by clicking Help while in the online library catalog, or by contacting the Library Telephone Center at 217-333-8400.