If you are a University of Illinois student, you may check out books in person using your i-card at any of the 76 I-Share member libraries. I-Share members include all state-supported university libraries and 36 private colleges. For a complete list of I-Share libraries, click here.
You can search the combined holdings of all the I-Share libraries using the I-Share Catalog, or you can limit your search to a particular library by selecting it from the dropdown list.
Note: You can request that any item be sent for pickup to any I-Share library through the online request feature. First, locate the item and verify it is available at one of the I-Share libraries. If it is, click Request on the upper menu bar. Select your home library, and enter your patron ID (the 14-digit number on your i-card, beginning with 20). After logging in, click OK to request the first available copy. On the next screen, you will be able to select which I-Share library to have the item sent to, and the location within that library at which you would like to pick up the item. I-Share requests usually take about 4-5 working days to fulfill, and you will receive an email when the item is available for pickup. For more information, see this I-Share tutorial. You may also Ask-A-Librarian for additional questions or assistance.
For student teachers in the Champaign and Urbana region, you can find materials (e.g., children's books, DVDs, and audiobooks) in the local public libraries. You must have a library card from a library which is a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System to check out items.
Student teachers may also find the libraries at the Regional Offices of Education useful in providing resources and services. The Learning Resource Library at the Rantoul Regional Office of Education serves educators in Ford, Champaign, and Vermillion counties, with a satellite branch of the library in Danville. Detailed information about services can be found on their Web page.
For student teachers living in other areas, your local public or community college library may provide borrowing privileges for material of interest.