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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Using the Library Catalog

This guide explains how to create an account, search the catalog,and how to renew and request items.

Start Your Search

The Basic Search in the library catalog allows you to search for items by keyword (the default option), title, author, subject, or ISBN/ISSN. To start searching:

1. Access the Library homepage.
2. Click on the Catalogs tab under the Easy Search box.
3. Select U of I Catalog (the first entry).
4. Type your search into the box at the top of the screen.

Library catalog basic search box showing different search types

To search the I-Share catalog, which contains collections of university libraries throughout the state of Illinois, click on the dropdown menu next to the search box and choose "All I-Share Libraries":

Library catalog showing I-Share catalog dropdown

Narrow your Results

Once you start your search, the library catalog gives you options to filter your results under "Narrow Your Search." You can narrow by format, location, topic, subject, language, era, and more. When you click on an option you are taken to a new results page.

Catalog options to narrow your search