Return Items - Borrowing

Where to Return Material

  • Most items, including I-Share material – return to any Urbana campus library circulation desk or bookdrop
  • Exceptions
    • Loanable technology and video games  – hand item to library staff at the circulation desk where you checked out the item
    • Interlibrary Loan (NOT I-Share) materials – return to the Main Library Circulation Desk
    • Fragile or Poor Condition items – hand item to library staff at the circulation desk where you checked out the item
    • Recalled items – hand item to staff at a circulation desk

General Information

  • Library materials can’t be returned through campus mail.
  • Items are discharged from your account before being shipped back to the owning library.
  • When your returned UIUC items are checked in, you’ll get a return receipt by email.
  • Some I-Share libraries send return receipts by email when their items are returned, but others do not. To monitor your checked-out items in your Library account, click on the list of institutions on the side to see your current loans from each I-Share library.
  • Urbana Free and Champaign Public Library material cannot be returned to U of I libraries.

Outside Bookdrops

Outside bookdrops can be found in the following locations:

  • Funk ACES Library – Outside the south entrance (by the circle drive)
  • Grainger Engineering Library – Southeast corner of the building (on the engineering quad, near the loading dock)
  • Main Library – Southwest corner of the building, in the parking lot (upper level)
  • Music Building – Outside the north entrance (opposite Krannert Center)
  • U of I Library map and directory

Keep in mind the following when using a bookdrop:

  •  Advantages
    • They’re available when the Library is closed.
    • They’re convenient.
  • Disadvantages
    • Some items can’t be returned to a bookdrop (see Exceptions above).
    • Items may not be discharged from your account as quickly. Most bookdrops are emptied daily when the library is open.


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Main Library Bookdrop Location
Main Library Bookdrop Location

Main Library Bookdrop
Main Library Bookdrop