How do I get a library card?
Stop by the library or contact us via phone or email, and we will create a library account for you. You will not need a physical card for the IFSI Library. To create your account, we will need your name, contact information, and address. If you wish to have materials sent to your local Illinois public library, we will need your public library card number.
Does getting materials cost money?
No, there is no charge for borrowing IFSI Library materials.
How long can I have an item?
Physical materials are checked out for 30 days typically. If you need an item longer, we have options for renewal.
How many items can I have checked out at once?
Loans are limited to 6 items at a time.
What if I need a textbook for an IFSI class or class at my fire department?
Reach out to your instructor to get the exact title and edition required for the course. For each IFSI class, the library collects a limited number of class-related texts available on a first-come-first-served basis. These texts are also available for loan to firefighters throughout Illinois.
Interlibrary loan is a service provided by the Illinois State Library. It allows us to deliver our library materials to you at your local Illinois public library. To have IFSI library items delivered to your library, you need:
When you request an interlibrary loan through us, we will contact your public library to arrange delivery. Some public libraries require that their patrons initiate the interlibrary loan with them instead of with the IFSI Library. If that's the case with your public library, we will inform you and help you make that request.
If you have a UIUC ID you can use your email and password to access the UI Main Library`s materials and databases. Click the image below to be brought to the Main Library`s Webpage. If you need help accessing these materials, the IFSI librarians would be happy to walk you through them.