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Request books online

Please Note: requests take a minimum of 5-10 working days (for books not at UIUC) and 2 working days (for books at UIUC) to be delivered. If the book you want is on campus, it is usually much faster to pick it up in person then to request it online.

Making Requests

If you find an item you want in either the UIUC online catalog or the statewide catalog, I-Share, you can request it online and have it held for you or sent to the UIUC library of your choice. Graduate students, staff, and faculty can have materials sent to their offices by campus mail. These services are free to UIUC patrons.

  1. Locate the desired item in one of the catalogs.
  2. Click the "Request" link in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. On the page that appears:
    Select your "Home Library" if requesting a book not on the UIUC campus.
    Enter the 14 digit library borrower ID from your I-Card
    Enter your last name
  4. On the next page:
    "Choose a pick-up library" for delivery of your book
    Reenter your library borrower ID
    Enter the date the item is no longer needed, if applicable. 
  5. You will receive an e-mail indicating when and where the books are to be picked up.

Note that if an item is checked out, noncirculating, or otherwise unavailable, your request for it will be refused. Items you need that are not available at UIUC or through I-Share can generally be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

Print a handout with instructions for requesting items through I-Share.