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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Twentieth-Century U.S. History

Library Catalogs

Digitized Book Collections

In the last two decades, mass digitization projects have led to the creation of large online digital libraries. Because of copyright restrictions, typically only materials in the public domain are freely available online. This includes, however, most works published before 1923, most government publications, and many works whose authors or publishers have released them into the public domain.

Interlibrary Loan

At some point in your research, you will likely identify a book that the Library does not own, and that is not available through I-Share. You can have the Library borrow a copy of the book or journal article from a library that does own it. Because these are loans between libraries (our library borrows it on your behalf from another library), this service is called interlibrary loan. To initiate an interlibrary loann, you will use a tool called Illiad: