Central Access Services

Requesting Library Material

Requesting Library Material


Most UIUC affiliated borrowers are eligible to initiate their own requests for materials via the online catalog. In placing requests via the UIUC Online Library Catalog, UIUC borrowers can select a convenient pick-up location or, in the case of faculty and graduate students, specify that the item be delivered via campus mail to a campus office address. Courtesy card borrowers can only place requests for UIUC material.


More Information about Finding Library Material

Link to the Library Catalog

How does it work?

The online request system first will look for an available copy at UIUC. If UIUC does not own the title, or if our copy is checked out, the system will look for available copies elsewhere among more than 80 I-Share libraries in the state who share our online catalog. If an available copy is located it is tagged to fill your request, and you will be notified by e-mail or mail that the item is being held for you. If an available copy is not located the system will continue to try to fill your request until your request expires (usually within 30 days unless you specify otherwise.) Materials not available through the online catalog, including copies of journal articles (most libraries will not loan their journals) can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery.