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How Do I request books or articles from other libraries?

How to find items not available at UIUC

If you are unable to find items available via the online catalog or they are checked out or missing, you can request to borrow them from another library. 
This service is free to UIUC patrons.

Request a magazine, journal, or newspaper article

To request a copy of an article:

  1. From the University Library page select Borrowing/ILL from the Services column on the left.
  2. Click the link to Login to my ILLiad Account; enter your netID and password.
  3. Click Request a Photocopy and follow the instructions.
  4. You will receive an e-mail with a link to the article when it is available.  The length of time to receive articles varies and may range from a few days to 2-3 weeks.

Request a book or other item

To request a copy of a book from another I-Share library:

  1. Search the  I-Share catalog . (This is a shared catalog of more than 80 academic libraries in Illinois.) 
  2. Identify the appropriate item and follow the instructions to Request an Item.
  3. You will receive and e-mail when the items arrives.  Books requested through I-Share arrive within 1 to 2 weeks.

To request a book NOT available in I-Share:

  1. From the University Library home page select Borrowing/ILL from the Services column on the left.
  2. Click the link to Login to my ILLiad Account; enter your netID and password.
  3. Click Request a Book and follow the instructions.
  4. You will receive an e-mail when the item arrives.  Book requested through ILLiad generally arrive in 1-3 weeks.