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. For a summary of the privileges and requirements for non-UIUC patrons wishing to use the University Library, see the table below.
|Patron Type||Courtesy Card Type||Loan Period||Maximum Items||Renewals||Stacks Access||Required Documents|
|Big Ten Faculty||LH||4 weeks||100||10||Yes||Big Ten card, photo ID|
|Big Ten Graduate Students||LH||4 weeks||100||10||Yes||Big Ten card, photo ID|
|Big Ten Undergraduate Students||LB||Building Use Only||4||none||No**||Big Ten card, photo ID|
(Illinois and surrounding states*)
|LH||4 weeks||100||10||Yes||OCLC card, photo ID|
(all other states)
|LB||Building Use Only||4||none||No**||OCLC card, photo ID|
* Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin
** Stacks access may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Richard Stokes, Patron Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to petition for Stacks access.
Please note that visitors will not receive access to electronic resources, I-Share materials, or Interlibrary Loan. Visitors may use public computer terminals located within the library for on-site access to electronic resources.
The Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly known as CIC) includes the Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago. Big Ten member institutions may issue their faculty members or graduate students ID cards allowing them to borrow materials from the libraries at other Big Ten schools in person. For further information please review
Big Ten 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 Big Ten card for use at other schools. The Big Ten card must have the Access Services Librarian's signature in order to be valid. A Big Ten 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.
Big Ten card holders visiting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library are issued a Courtesy Card upon presentation of the Big Ten 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.
The OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program grants faculty members from participating institutions on-site access to the collections of other participating academic research libraries. A searchable directory of OCLC participants in the program is included for your convenience.
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 upon presentation of their valid OCLC card and valid institution ID. Access to the Main Stacks may be requested by contacting Richard Stokes, Patron Services Manager, at email@example.com. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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.
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.