The library catalog contains records for the 13 million volumes held in all of the University's departmental libraries. It includes:
You can use it to locate items and have items sent between libraries for you to pick up. You can also renew books, keep track of items you have checked out, and tag items.
Below is a step-by-step guide to the library catalog.
1. First, go to the library homepage, http://www.library.illinois.edu, and click on "Catalogs." You will see a drop-down menu. From the menu, select the top choice, "Library Catalog."
2. Next, type in the word that you want to use to do your search, such as "Tolstoy" for the author Leo Tolstoy. Limit the search by Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, or ISBN/ISSN. In the box below, "author" is selected.
3. Next, take a look at the results. There are over 1,000 results. We need to narrow the search. Look at the options listed in the right column. Those are called "facets." Under the heading "Author," click on "Tolstoy, Leo." Note: if you click on "more..." at the bottom of the list, you will see that there are many other authors.
4. There are still over 900 results. Next, click on "Russian literature" under the heading "Topic," then "English" under the heading "Language."
5. Select the Death of Ivan Ilyich from the list. Notice first that it is available, and the location is the Oak Street Facility. (That means you have to request the book, and it will take about a day to arrive at the library you choose to be your pick-up location.)
6. What you see next is the catalog record. Note of the location of the item. This item is at the Oak Street Facility. Normally, if you were planning to retrieve the book from, say, the Main Stacks, you would need to write down the call number. In this case, you just need to click on "Request Item" and choose your pick-up location. Always be sure to make sure it says the item is available before you hunt for it!
7. Now, to request the item, first click on the "Request Item" tab. (See above.) Then you need to login to your library (VuFind) account. If you don't already have an account, you will need to create one.
8. See the next box (below) for instructions on how to create a library account.
In order to request books through the VuFind catalog, you need to create an account. You only need to do this once, and after the initial setup you will log in with a username and password in order to request books. You must have an account to request books through I-share, a consortium of other academic libraries in Illinois. You can also use the account to renew books, keep track of requests, tag books, and keep lists of favorites.
To create an account:
Once you have created an account, you will see the following menu in the right column. This is what you will see every time you login to your account:
The library has two versions of our library catalog. Though the interface is different, and each has different search features, the content is the same. You will find the same books, journals, electronic book, videos and so on in both versions of the catalog.
Some of the key differences are that VuFind is easier to use to make requests from other I-Share libraries, and you can also personalize VuFind by creating an account and marking favorites and tagging items. Features available in the Classic Catalog that are NOT in VuFind are searching by call number, and limiting your search to specific departmental Libraries.
If you are not sure which catalog you are using, take a look at the images below.