Central Access Services



Reciprocal Borrowing

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries participate in reciprocal borrowing programs which provide additional information resources and allow broader access to scholarly material.  Users are responsible for returning checked out material to the lending library and for any fees or charges incurred.  Some reciprocal borrowing programs require authorized cards in addition to I-Card identification. See below for the participating programs and additional information.

CIC Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

The CIC (Consortium on Institutional Cooperation) includes the Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago.  CIC member institutions may issue their faculty members or graduate students ID cards allowing them to borrow materials from the libraries at other CIC schools in person.   For further information please review

UIUC Faculty and Graduate Students Visiting other Institutions

CIC cards may be requested at the Main Stacks Circulation Desk.  Upon presentation of a valid I-Card, current UIUC faculty members and graduate students whose library account is in good standing may be issued a CIC card for use at other schools. The CIC card must have the Access Services Librarian's signature in order to be valid. A CIC card is valid for up to one year from the date of issue for faculty and valid for one term (e.g. semester, quarter, or summer session) for graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students.

Policies and procedures, as well as hours, vary between institutions. Please read the above agreements carefully and call ahead to verify that you have the necessary documentation and that you will be able to access the material you need.

Faculty and Graduate Students from other Institutions Visiting UIUC

CIC card holders visiting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library are issued a Courtesy Card upon presentation of the CIC card and valid ID from their home institution.  Undergraduates will be granted building-use-only privileges. Bookstacks access may be granted to visiting faculty and graduate students. Please contact us in advance to request Bookstacks access or to verify the availability of specific material.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

The OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program grants faculty members from participating institutions on-site access to the collections of other participating academic research libraries.  The list of participants in the program is included for your convenience. 

UIUC Faculty Visiting other Institutions

OCLC cards may be requested at the Main Stacks Circulation Desk.  Upon presentation of a valid I-Card, current UIUC faculty members whose library account is in good standing  may be issued an OCLC card for use at other schools. The OCLC card must have the Access Services Librarian's signature in order to be valid. An OCLC card is valid for up to one year from the date of issue.

Policies and procedures, as well as hours, vary between institutions. Please call ahead to verify that you have the necessary documentation and that you will be able to access the material you need.

Faculty from other Institutions Visiting UIUC

Residents of Illinois or surrounding states (Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin) visiting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library may be issued a Courtesy Card upon presentation of a valid OCLC card and valid ID from their home institution.  Please contact us in advance to verify the availability of specific material. 

Other OCLC card holders may obtain building use only access to library material and Main Stacks access upon presentation of their valid OCLC card and valid institution ID.

I-Share

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff and students have reciprocal borrowing privileges through CARLI (Consortium of Academic and research Libraries in Illinois). The CARLI I-Share catalog allows borrowing from many college and university libraries within Illinois. In addition, faculty, staff, and students (graduate and undergraduate) have reciprocal borrowing privileges at other I-Share Libraries.   A current I-Card must be presented at the I-Share member library circulation desk when checking out books.  Please check the I-Share catalog before traveling to another location to determine whether the item you wish to borrow is a circulating item.

Interlibrary Loan

As a research institution, the University Library strives to meet all of your research and scholarship needs.  Interlibrary Loan service will borrow materials for you from libraries across the globe. We can help you find books and articles that are not available at the University of Illinois.