Search the I-Share catalog for books not found at Illinois.
Place your request for an I-Share item. You will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup.
If the item you need is not available in I-Share, you can use Worldcat. Plan ahead, this process can take 2-3 weeks.
When attempting to find books, you can imagine the options available to you as a series of concentric circles:
The basic idea is to start in the center with the Illinois catalog, and then work your way out until you find what you need.
- If you haven't already done so, the first step is to confirm that Illinois doesn't have a copy of the book you need. You can do this using the online catalog (see tips on finding specific books).
- If the book is not available in our collection, then you can request the book through I-Share.
- If you look up a book in the Illinois catalog, you may find that Illinois owns a copy, but it's checked out. In these cases, you can expand the search results by clicking the Show all libraries link under Facets Now Applied to the right of your search results: Clicking this link will show you which other libraries in the I-Share catalog own the title, and whether it's available at any of them.
- If your search in the Illinois catalog doesn't turn up anything at all, you can re-run the search in the I-Share catalog by clicking the Repeat search in the I-Share catalog link:
- You can also search the I-Share catalog directly. The procedure for searching this catalog is the same as for searching the Illinois VuFind catalog (see VuFind Searching Tips).
- Once you've located the book you need, you're ready to place your request. Verify that a copy is available at one or more libraries:
- Click the Request 1st Available tab:
- If you are not already logged in to the catalog, log in with your VuFind username and password. If you haven't created a username and password for the VuFind or I-Share catalog, click the Create new account link. For more information on creating an account in the VuFind catalog, see How to Create a VuFind Account.
- On the next screen you will see that the system randomly selects an available copy. Here you
can select the pick-up library (this will default to the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign) as well as which library on campus you would like the book sent to. By
default, it will be sent to the
Central Access Services desk on
the 2nd floor of the
Main Library. (If
you are a faculty member or graduate student, you can also select "Illinois Campus Mail" to have
the book sent to your office address.)
- Click Request. Books usually take about 7-10 days to arrive, and you will receive an email at your Illinois.edu address when your request is available for pickup. This service is free for Illinois students and staff.
In rare cases, you won't be able to find a book in either the Illinois catalog or the I-Share catalog. When this happens, you can request the book through either WorldCat or Interlibrary Loan.
Placing a request through Worldcat
- You can place Interlibrary loan requests directly through WorldCat, a shared catalog for thousands of libraries throughout the world. Once you locate the item you need in WorldCat, click the Request a Loan link:
- You'll then be prompted to enter your NetID and Active Directory password. A form will pop up with all the details for the book already filled in; just click Submit Request to ILLiad.
Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form
- You can also request books by filling out a form on the Interlibrary Loan page. From the main page, click Login to My Account:
- You'll then be prompted for your NetID and Active Directory password. Every student and faculty member has an ILLiad account set up for them, you only need to login. On the next screen, click Request a Book and fill in the necessary details.
Important things to note about Interlibrary loan requests:
- Items usually take 2-3 weeks to arrive, so plan ahead!
- You'll receive an email with a pickup location when the item is available.
- This service is free for Illinois students and staff.
- Interlibrary Loan cannot obtain course textbooks. (If you need to use a textbook, please check with the Media and Reserves Center at the Undergraduate Library--many course texts are on reserve here.)