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Using the Library On Campus

Departmental Libraries

Find the departmental library that serves your discipline.

LEARN to Use the Library

Quick and easy library guides and tutorials that will help you locate books, online journals, course reserves and more. 

Interlibrary Loan Services

Can't find it on campus or in I-Share Online? Try our Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services. Online forms are provided to request research materials that are not available through I-Share Online. Instructions are available on how to locate materials not available at Illinois.

Online Reference Collection

Our Online Reference Collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias and other quick fact sources.

Data Services at the University Library

Need help finding or downloading statistical and spatial data? The University Library partners with ATLAS to provide Data and GIS Services with a wide range of expertise will be available to help you locate relevant data sets in opinion polls, election studies, social surveys, census, education, and health data and prepare them for analysis in SPSS, SAS, STATA and ArcGIS.

FAQ for Research Assistants

Our FAQ for Research Assistants provides information about how to obtain proxy authorization, charge departmental accounts for library copying, and more.


Attend a library tour either in person or virtually.


Hands-on learning designed for you through library workshops.

Circulation Policies

Do you need to renew materials?

You can renew online through MyAccount, through the Central Access Services at 217-333-8400, or in person at any circulation desk.

Do you need to recall library materials?

While borrowers cannot initiate recalls online, they may request to have an Illinois item recalled from another borrower by inquiring at any library public service point or by calling Central Access Services at 217-333-8400. Library staff can only recall an Illinois item from another borrower if there are no other available copies anywhere in the statewide online catalog. Items owned by other I-Share Libraries cannot be recalled without prior permission of the owning library.

Using the Library Off Campus

Material Delivery

Have I-Share materials delivered to Illinois address. If you live in or near Illinois, you may have access to an I-Share member library. If so, you can order books, have them sent to an I-Share library, and use you i-card to pick them up.  You may also return books to I-Share libraries free of charge.  To request book delivery to an I-Share Library, follow these steps:

Have library materials delivered to you out of state (charged) . For University of Illinois users, the fee-based DocExpress service provides desktop delivery of articles and chapters from journals and books held in the University's collection. Students PAY $5 per collection. Tables of content may be requested to help researchers select articles or chapters. Documents are made available on the web in PDF format.

Note: Before using DocExpress for the first time, you need to set up an account for payment. This can be done on the main DocExpress page, and you can use Visa, MasterCard, or a departmental or grant account.

Other Library Catalogs only For Search Purpose

Catalogs with holdings in the United States:

  • I-Share Includes over 70 academic and special libraries throughout Illinois (including the University of Illinois).
  • Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. These resources are then made available to member institutions cooperatively, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.
  • The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts.
  • National Agricultural Library (AGRICOLA) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its cooperators. It contains citations to books, audiovisual materials, serial publications, as well as citations, many with abstracts, to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and reprints.
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM LocatorPlus) has bibliographic records for serials, monographs, audiovisuals, computer software, electronic resources and other materials are available online via World Wide Web access to NLM LocatorPlus.

Catalogs showing holdings worldwide (may include the United States):

  • WorldCat is the combined union catalog of more than 9,000 OCLC member libraries worldwide, with over 61 million records representing materials in all formats. Includes records for materials in 400 languages.
  • Libraries on the Web is a directory of 1000s of library websites in over 100 countries.

Access to U of I Library Internet


  • A web browser, such as Firefox (Windows, Mac, & Linux), Internet Explorer (WIndows), or Safari (Windows & Mac).  The latest version is recommended.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view, download, and print .pdf files.  Many library resources use the .pdf file to bring you full text documents.  There are alternative readers such as Foxit that may load documents faster, but lack other features.
  • VPN Software, provided by CITES, allows you to use university resources off campus just as you would on campus.  It also provides an additional layer of security to your Internet use.

Internet Access

The University of Illinois no longer provides dialup access to the Internet.  You will need to obtain an Internet connection through a 3rd party provider, such as your local cable or phone company.

To access library resources with a non-University of Illinois Internet connection, you must start your research through the Library Gateway.  This will assure that all of your connections to remote databases and online journals go through our proxy server in order to authenticate you are affiliated with the University of Illinois.  In order to access any library subscription resource, you will be prompted for your NetID and password.

Access to U of I Library Databases

To access the University of Illinois Library's resources, you will need two different identification numbers and passwords:

Logging into your library account to check out books:

You need your Library ID number, which is located on your i-card and begins with 20111-.

Accessing electronic journals:

You need your NetID and password.  Every student, faculty, and staff member at the University of Illinois has a NetID.  Your NetID is the ID you use for your official @illinois.edu email address.  It is also the ID for your Enterprise Account, and other University Account information.  For more information please visit the CITES website, Managing your Accounts and Passwords.

Using your ILLiad account for DocExpress and Interlibrary Loan:

You need your NetID and password.

Organizing Your Research

Check this out! Dissertation Calculator from the University of Minnesota

Citation Managers

The library offers support and assistance for a number of citation managers, which can help you organize your citations. For more help visit this page on citation help

EndNote Connection Files and Guides

If you have purchased your own license to EndNote, here are the connections files and guides provided by the library.

Current Awareness Services

Do you want to set up permanent searches in library databases?

Do you want to save a search you have created and run it manually whenever you wish?

Do you want to receive email updates (auto-alerts) when new research matching your search criteria is added to the database?

First, read this introductory page describing what current awareness services can do for you! There are two avenues you might want to follow if you are interested in these services. You can contact the departmental library for your subject area to see what is offered.

Are you interested in taking a library workshop on current awareness tools?

Do you need a library study carrel?

Library Carrels are available for faculty and students through Central Access Services.

Find Help

Subject specialist librarians are here to help you with your research. There are myriad ways for us to help you including through online chat, email phone, in-person and by appointment. We are here to help you with everything from starting your research project to complicated citation verifications for PhD candidates.

For further information, consult this libguide on organizing your research.


Finding Funding

Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS)

Search over 9,000 active federal and private funding opportunities across disciplines.

Financial Assistance

Illinois financial aid resources, including fellowships and assistantships.

How to Find a Scholarship Online

Finding and applying for scholarships.


Your Intellectual Property

Understanding Open Access

Are you wondering what the fuss is about open access? The movement for open access to publications - that is, publications that are freely and openly available to anyone to access - has been steadily gaining momentum. With the National Institute of Health's open access policy as well as those at Harvard and MIT, it is important to understand the different forms of open access that are available. Come to this workshop to learn about open access journals as well as self-archiving your work into a repository such as Illinois' IDEALS. Please register by clicking on your date preference.

Your Research Rights: Ownership Awareness to Maximize the Impact

You're going to be published - congratulations! Did you know that you own the copyright on your work until you transfer copyright to a publisher? Did you know you need to retain rights in order to include an article or reuse a chart  in your dissertation or thesis or make your work openly available on the web? Come to this session and learn about what your rights as an author are and how to negotiate with publishers for the rights that you need to retain. Please register by clicking on your date preference.

Practical Copyright: Considerations for Teaching and Research

You're writing a thesis or preparing to teach your course, but you have a lot of concerns about being ethical and abiding by copyright law. Come to this session and learn the basics of copyright law and some guidelines for how you can stay within the law using the four principles of Fair Use. Please remember that librarians cannot give you advice regarding copyright issues, but we can steer you in the right direction to find answers to your questions. Please register by clicking on your date preference.

Copyright and Scholarly Communication

The library has created this guide to common copyright issues. If you have any further questions, please contact our Ask a Librarian service.

Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues

Provides information about managing your intellectual property including details about the cost of journals, academic promotion issues, new publishing models as well as recommendations for what you can do.

Copyright Basics

Outline of copyright law in the United States. 

Illinois Copyright Compliance Statement

The University of Illinois' policies on copyright.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

A library guide that culminates policies and procedures at University of Illinois for maintaining and upholding academic integrity in teaching and research. Also provides a definition of plagiarism as well as tutorials for students and instructors on what to do about plagiarism.


The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is a digital repository that serves as a permanent and secure online home for work produced by University of Illinois faculty and scholars. You can make your work publicly available; look into depositing your work.

University of Illinois Institutional Review Board

Forms and information from the Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects.

Understanding Impact

Find out where you have been cited in order to understand the impact you have made in your field, especially when you're preparing for tenure. You can also attend a workshop about this topic.


Professional Development

Career Services

Assists University of Illinois graduate students with decision making and planning for career paths both within and beyond the academy. 


A library database that provides a comprehensive list of Calls for Papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organizers in all disciplines.

Academic Job Search Handbook

Academic Job Search Handbook

How to look for an academic job: the application process and information on preparing supporting materials such as a teaching philosophy and curriculum vitae. (eBook)



Building a Great Job Resume Building a Great Résumé: For Job Hunters, Career Changers, Consultants, and Freelancers

How to create a résumé that will get the attention of potential employers. (eBook)



Interviewing and Salary Negotiation Interviewing and Salary Negotiation: For Job Hunters, Career Changers, Consultants, and Freelancers

How to be a better interviewer and negotiator in your first job and beyond. (eBook)



The Perfect Interview The Perfect Interview: How to Get the Job You Really Want

Provides tips for presenting yourself and your skills in the best possible way in a job interview. (eBook)



The Resume Kit

The Resume Kit

Gives tips on resume building. (eBook)



Thesis Support

Dissertation and Thesis Writing Tips

With direct links to the online catalog, here are some great books to break that writer's block!

Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation

Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty

Discusses how to successfully complete and defend a thesis or dissertation. (eBook)  



Cite a Source

The library has many citation style manuals available online, e.g. Chicago Manual of Style. If you need assistance with citation styles, you can contact Ask a Librarian

Finding Dissertations

This guide will help you to locate dissertations written at the University of Illinois, dissertations written at other universities, how to borrow a dissertation as well as how to keep track of dissertations in your field using RSS feeds. 

Digital Dissertations

Library database that provides dissertation citations back to 1861, abstracts back to 1980, and the full text of many dissertations from 1997 to present, including some Masters theses.If you need help finding dissertations, check out the library tutorial Finding Dissertations.

Thesis Office

The University of Illinois' information to graduate students on depositing a thesis or dissertation.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertations

This video provides a step-by-step instructions for submitting your theses electronically.

  • Flash Version (you can turn off the captioning by clicking on the CC on the menu bar at the bottom)
  • Quick Time Version (for higher quality, but the captioning can't be turned off