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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.

New U of I and I-Share Catalogs

As of May 21, 2018, both the University of Illinois and the I-Share catalogs have a new look, feel, and functionality. Useful frequently asked questions can be found here. We will make every attempt to update our help guides and materials, but we may miss things. Please contact us at Ask a Librarian with your questions and suggestions.

Create an Account

Creating a library account allows you to request books from the University of Illinois catalog and I-Share, save materials to your Saved Items or create a list, view and renew the items you have checked out, and view fines. Creating a library account is also necessary to request books through I-Share.

1. Go to the Library homepage.
2. Select the Catalog drop-down menu (in light blue menu bar).
3. Select U of I Catalog (the first option).
4. Select Login With Your NetID in the top right-hand side of the page.  
5. Complete the form:

  • Since you have already logged in with your NetID and password, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign should already be selected. If is is not, select it from the drop-down menu.
  • Enter your "Barcode," which is the 14 digit number on your i-card next to the word "Library."
  • Enter your last name. Make sure that it matches the last name on your i-card.

If you have any questions about creating an account, Ask a Librarian.

screen capture of the form you see on the account creation screen

Use My Account

When you log into your account there is a side menu with the following options:

  • Saved Items - Mark items you like by clicking on the Save to List link with a gold star beside the title in your search results.
  • Checked Out Items - Lists your currently checked out items and lets you renew them online.
  • Requested Items - View and manage the requests you've placed. Check if an item is ready to pick up (you'll receive an email notification the following day).
  • Fines - U of I library fines, fees and replacement charges are recorded here until a bill is issued. For more information see the library's Overdue and Lost Items page. If you have questions about a bill, contact the Library Billing Office at or (217) 333-8288
  • Profile - Lists your name, mailing address, and email. You can also choose the preferred library/default location to be used when you request an item be held for pick up.
  • Saved Searches - Save your searches in order to run them frequently.
  • Create a List - Keep yourself organized by creating lists for your saved library materials.


screen capture of what a list of checked out books looks like as well as the options along the right side of the screen