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 @illinois.edu address when your request is available for pickup. I-Share is a free service for University of Illinois students and staff.
In order to request items from I-Share libraries you will need to create an account.
Click the "Login" button on the I-Share catalog home page.
Click "Create New Account".
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.
Use the I-Share catalog to locate and verify the availability of a book.
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.
Click the "Choose pick-up location" button to specify where you want to pick the item up.
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."
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.