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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.


If you live in or near Illinois, you may have access to an I-Share member library. If so, you can borrow items onsite or order books and have them sent to that library free of charge. Refer to this map to see all if you live near an I-Share library. You may also return books to I-Share libraries free of charge. 

I-Share books usually take about 5-10 days to arrive at the pick-up library, and you will receive an email at your address when your request is available for pickup. I-Share is a free service for University of Illinois students and staff.

Start by visiting the library website and select I-Share Catalog from the Catalogs dropdown menu in the light blue bar.

The library gateway with the I-Share catalog highlighted under the catalogs drop-down menu

Create a VuFind Account

In order to request items from I-Share libraries you will need to create an account.

Step 1

Click the "Login" button on the I-Share catalog home page.

Log in at top right of the I-Share catalog home page.

Step 2

Click "Create New Account".

Create new account under the username and password boxes

Step 3

Enter your basic information in the appropriate text boxes.  Your Borrower ID is the 14 digit number on your I-Card that starts with 20111.  Use the drop-down menu next to "I-Share Library with Which You Are Affiliated" to select the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Click "Submit" to create your account.

New account submission form

Steps to Requesting a book from I-Share

Step 1

Use the I-Share catalog to locate and verify the availability of a book.

I-Share homepage


Step 2

When you identify a book, click "Request this item."  If you are not logged in, you will be asked to log-in using your Username and Password.

Request this title


Step 3

Click the "Choose pick-up location" button to specify where you want to pick the item up.

Choose  pick-up location


Step 4

Use the dropdown menu next to "Choose pick-up library" to select the library that is most convenient to you.  At some libraries, you can use the dropdown menu next to "Choose pick-up location" to specify exactly where you want to pick up the book within that library.  Then click "Request."

Select UIUC


Step 5

Once you have submitted your request, you can track its progress by logging into your account.  You will receive an email notifying you when the item is available for pickup.  This process can take 5-10 days depending, in part, on how far the book needs to travel to the pickup location.

Check your account

Book status

Step 6

  • You can return your item to the same library where you picked it up or you can return it to any I-Share library. You can also mail the item to the University of Illinois library. For instructions, visit the "Returning books by mail" of this guide.
  • Pay close attention to your due date. Each I-Share library has its own circulation policies. You are responsible for all late charges for the individual institution.