Guide to Using the Library for Our Staff and Visitors
The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has one of the largest libraries in North America.
Learn to use it effectively. Contact your librarian to schedule an orientation/training session. Also see our user guides:
Your Library Identification and Authentication
- I-Card Library Borrower Identification Number
University of Illinois staff will need to show their I-Card to borrow materials. The Borrower Identification Number (begins with 2011...) is required for requesting from UI Classic catalog and to create an account in VUFind for I-Share or local requests.
- NetID and Active Directory (AD) password
Required for access online resources from off campus via the Proxy Server, and for Interlibrary Loan
- Manage your passwords
CITES offers password reset options and help
The University Library uses your contact information from NESSIE to alert you of overdue books and items on hold.
For best results, keep your e-mail, phone, and campus mail address up to date.
- Courtesy Borrowing Cards
Illinois residents not affiliated with the University of Illinois are eligible to borrow University Library materials, including materials in the Institute Library, with this card.
Your Library Accounts
- My Library Account
University of Illinois and I-Share loans and requests can be viewed and renewed in your library account. Use either the VuFind or the "classic" Interface.
The same information is visible in both interfaces, and it is possible to renew items in Both.
I-Share requests can be placed only in VuFind.
- Interlibrary Loan, ILLiad Account
Use this account to request books not available at UI or in I-Share and photocopies of articles that are not available at UI.
Log in with your NetID and bluestem password (see above) to place request or check the status of your requests.
- University Library Catalog
Books, magazines/journals, media, and other materials that the University Library owns.
Items can be requested for delivery to any library for pickup, or via campus mail to your office.
NOTE: The "Classic" Interface is still available.
Standard loan period for most books for faculty, staff and grad students is 16 weeks with up to 10 renewals of 16 weeks each.
Search and request items from University of Illinois and 75 other academic libraries in Illinois.
Use your Library Borrower ID (see above) to create a VuFind Account to request items.
Items may be picked up at any I-Share location or delivered via campus mail to your office.
Standard I-Share Loan period is 28 days with 3 renewals of 28 days each allowed.
Find library materials worldwide to request through Interlibrary Loan.
- Easy Search
Search multiple sources, including all of the above catalogs and e-book collections from major publishers simultaneously.
Pickup Locations and Campus Mail Delivery for Requested Materials
Circulation and Billing Assistance
- For assistance with renewals, returns, and other circulation functions please contact Central Access Services
- For assistance with fines and billing for overdue/lost materials, please contact the Library Billing Office, 217-333-8288, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email reminders are sent automatically to remind you when books are due. Attend to these promptly by either renewing or returning materials.
Literature Searching and Search Alerts
- The most commonly used literature databases are linked directly from the Prairie Research Institute Library home page
A list of relevant databases for the Institute's research disciplines is also available.
- Easy Search
This tool allows you to search multiple databases simultaneously, including the catalog, literature databases, and e-books.
Choose your subject areas (e.g., Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering), and types of resources you need (e.g., books vs. journal articles).
Easy Search can help you identify the best databases to use for your research topic.
- Current awareness : setting up search alerts
Most journals and abstracting and indexing databases support saved searches and email alerts or RSS feeds. Table of contents or topical search alerts are possible. Basic alert instructions for Engineering Village, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. For assistance with alerts, contact your librarian.
- Journal and Article Locator
Search for a journal by title or ISSN, or search for a specific article by author, title, or DOI.
- Discover Button
Locate online full text and print library holdings; offers Interlibrary Loan request link if item is not available online or in print.
- Citation Management Tools
A variety of tools are available to help you manage citations to literature of interest to you.
Instruction on using these tools (and much more!) is available via the Savvy Researcher series.