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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Distance Learners and Instructors: Library Resource & Services

A guide for students and instructors enrolled in online or off-campus courses through Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Requesting a Book from the University of Illinois Library

As a distance student or faculty member, the University of Illinois Library will mail you books from our collection. Distance learners living in Illinois can also use I-Share to request books. Distance learners living outside of Illinois but near another academic library may want to consider taking advantage of one of our Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements.

If you only need a chapter or two, and want to avoid paying postage to return the book, consider using the DocExpress service. For detailed instructions, see the Request Articles tab in this guide.

To request a library book, follow these steps:
 

Step 1

Use the classic catalog to locate and verify the availability of a book. Distance students and faculty must request books through the classic catalog instead of the default catalog linked to on the library home page. The default catalog is unable to process requests to send books through the mail.

Search for a book in the catalog

 

Step 2

Check to see if the book is available. In the example below, this item is not checked out. If the item is available, select "Request This Title."

select "request" at the top of the screen.

Step 3

You will be prompted to enter your library library account number and your last name. Your library account number is on your i-card and it begins with 20111. To obtain an i-card, contact Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at 217-333-3061 or toll-free at 800-252-1360 x3061.

 

Step 4

Click on the link for "Request first available UIUC copy."

 

Step 5

On the final page:

  • Enter "Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning" in the comments box and add your course number (e.g. LIS 458).
  • In the drop-down menu next to "Pick up at," select "UIUC ILL Lending."
  • Re-enter your library ID number.
  • Click "Submit" to start the processing of your request.

Select "UIUC ILL lending" as the pick-up library. Under your Library ID in the library borrower ID box. Identify the course you are requesting the book for.

Step 6

After you have placed your request, you will receive the book by UPS within 10-14 days.  Books will be mailed to the address listed in your Enterprise Account.

Returning Books by Mail

You are responsible for returning books you have checked out and insuring the shipment of books.

Returning Books

You are responsible for the cost of returning books to the U of I Library by the due date listed for the book in your library account. Return books via U.S. Mail, UPS, or FedEx to the following address:

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery
128 Main Library; MC-522
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
 

Insuring Book Shipments

If you check out a book and it is lost in the mail, you are responsible for the replacement charges. All library books that are not returned or renewed by the 40th day following the due date will be "assumed lost" and the borrower will be billed the average replacement cost for books in the subject area, usually a minimum of $125.00 for books and a minimum of $300.00 for bound periodicals. The Library may assess a higher replacement cost in special instances. Central Access Services can provide more information about circulation and billing policies.

Note:  If you live in or near Illinois, you may have access to an I-Share member library. If so, you can order books and have them sent to that library free of charge. You may also return books to I-Share libraries free of charge. For more information about using I-Share libraries as an Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning student/instructor, please see the I-Share page of this library guide. Here is a map of I-Share libraries.

When a Book is Already Checked Out or Is Otherwise Not Available

  • If you live in or near Illinois and an I-Share library:
    • Use the I-Share catalog to see if the book is available from an I-Share institution and have it sent to the I-Share library near you.
    • For instructions about ordering and picking up books at I-Share libraries, refer to the "Request I-Share Books" tab in this guide.
  • If you do not live in or near Illinois:
    • Consider requesting one or two chapters of the book through the library's DocExpress service.  Amazon, Google Books, or the publisher's website may help you determine which chapters or page numbers may be of interest.  For instructions about how to request an item via DocExpress, refer to the "Request Articles" tab of this guide.
    • Use Interlibrary Loan services at a public or academic library near you.
    • Consider using a Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement to gain access to the collection at an academic library near you.
    • Request a recall of the book by calling Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery at 217-333-1958 and request to speak with someone who can assist with continuing education needs.
      • The book will be recalled from the person who has checked it out and then mailed to you.
      • The recall process can take at least three weeks.