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Library Guide for History and Religious Studies Graduate Students

Basic information on using the Library for new History and Religious Studies graduate students.


This guide provides an overview of the different types of resources available to you as history and religious studies grad students. Because the University of Illinois Library has a very extensive collection of resources in a wide variety of formats, beginning your research can sometimes be daunting. This guide will provide you with strategies for finding resources, as well as links to some online resources and further information.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Celestina Savonius-Wroth
History Librarian, Religious Studies Librarian, and Head of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library
(217) 300-3520 |

History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library
(217) 333-1509 |

Library Basics

Loan period

Graduate students may borrow UIUC books for 16 weeks, and renew them up to 10 times. Although an ever-increasing number of journals are available online, we do still maintain a collection of journals available only in print. Loan period for print periodicals varies: typically unbound issues cannot be checked out, and bound journals circulate for 1-2 weeks. You can renew all library materials (except reserves) by logging into your Library Catalog Account (you must create a password the first time you log in).

Books borrowed from I-Share Libraries circulate for 4 weeks, and may be renewed up to 3 times, for a maximum loan period of 16 weeks.

Graduate Students who have a Campus Mail address may request books online and have those books sent to their Campus Mail address.

Fine Schedule

Books - No daily overdue charge on books, but a non-refundable $10 processing fee is assessed at 34 days and the book is “assumed lost.” At this stage a bill to cover the cost of replacement (minimum of $125) is assessed via the University Bursar's Office. Overdue notices are sent by e-mail. Periodicals: $2 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour, up to a maximum of $50. Replacement cost starts at $300, automatically assessed after 34 days

  • Building Use Only material: $10/day
  • Loanable Technology: $5/day
  • Recalled items: $5.00/day
  • Reserves: Varies by loan type.  Hourly reserves are fined $5.00 for each hour, or any portion of an hour, overdue.
  • Video, DVD/CD, audiobook, and other media items from the Undergraduate Library:  approx. $1.00/day

N.B.: If you are going to be out of town for an extended period, you should return your library books to avoid incurring fines in case one of the books is recalled in your absence.


There are 2 photocopy machines in the Main Library, and they are free to use. The machines are in the following locations:


Printing in the Library costs $0.10 per page for black-and-white printing (the HPNL printer prints only black-and-white), and $0.40 per page for color printing (Main Reference has a color printer). You can print from either a public workstation, or from your laptop.


There are scanners available throughout the Library. HPNL has an Epson flatbed scanner in the back of our reading room. There are also flatbed scanners in Main Reference. Main Reference also has a Bookeye planetary scanner, and a Book2Net scanner. The Bookeye and Book2Net scanners make non-damaging scans of books, which is especially useful for tightly-bound volumes. For more information on scanning machines in the Library, consult the webpage Guide to Scanner Use.

Library Carrels

Graduate students may request a Library Carrel in the Main Stacks. Library Carrels provide quiet, private study space that is near the Main Library research collection. For more information on getting a Library Carrel:

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

For a good overview of this process, see the Library's guide to Requesting a Book not at UIUC.

(Note that we can obtain material from many other academic libraries in the state through the regular online catalog, I-Share, without going through ILL. When you obtain a book or journal through I-Share, it is not considered "interlibrary loan," since the transaction takes place within our own online catalog, even though the material may be coming to you from Northern Illinois University, Illinois State, or one of the other 130+ participating libraries.)

Need an article from a journal that the Library only has available in print, but don't have time to come in? We will deliver the article to your email inbox! Use the DocExpress service to initiate a request.

You can also place ILL requests directly through WorldCat. This is a "union" or combined catalog for thousands of libraries that share cataloging records. Note that you can search the title of a journal in this database to find out which libraries own the journal, but to identify articles in a journal, you need to use one of the article databases.


To find dissertations and theses (including many that are available online), use the following:

Center for Research Libraries


Frequently Asked Questions about the Library: