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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.


The local catalog allows you to place a request for items currently available in the University of Illinois Library or a library associated with I-Share. You can request to pick up the item from any library on campus, or you can have it sent to your campus office mail address if you have one.

To Place a Request:

  1. Search the Library Catalog.
  2. When you have found the item you want to request, check if it is available.
  3. Click the “Request Item” tab.
  4. Log in to your account.

How to request a book - shows where to find availability

  1. Once you are logged in, choose where you would like to pick up the item and click “Request.” Some faculty and graduate students can have circulating library materials delivered to their offices
  2. You will be sent an email when your request is available for pickup.

Choose where you will pick up the book


To renew an item online using your account:
1. Log in to your account.
2. Click on "Checked Out Items" on the right-hand side of the page.
3. Here you will see a list of items you have checked out.
4. Select the items you would like to renew, and click "Renew Selected Items."

Renew checked out items by checking the box next to the item

You can also renew items by calling the circulation desk (217-333-8400) or by coming to any campus library in person. If you receive an error when you try to renew an item, contact the circulation desk.

Request renewals of Loanable Technology items by contacting the Undergraduate Library at (217) 333-3477 or by stopping by the UGL Loanable Technology desk.

Oak Street Facility [request only]

The Oak Street High Density Storage Facility is an off-campus facility which stores books that do not get checked out often or are in fragile condition. Items from Oak Street must be requested because industrial lifts are used by certified staff to access materials held there, where shelving reaches 40 feet high.

You can request items from Oak Street the same way you would request a book from another Library on campus. It typically takes 1 to 2 business days for a book to arrive at your pick up location. Oak Street also has a Reading Room where you can use library materials. For more information, visit the Collection Management Services homepage.