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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Books

A library guide for OLLI members.

Books: Circulation Policies

As a member of OLLI, you have the following circulation privileges for books:

  • 16 week checkout for most UIUC items
  • 10 renewals for most UIUC items
  • 4 weeks for I-Share items
  • 3 renewals for I-Share items

You may renew your University of Illinois and I-Share items online through your account or by calling Central Circulation at 217-333-8400.

There are no late fines for overdue UIUC books unless they are overdue 40 days (late fines after 28 days for I-Share items). At this point items will be set to 'lost' and you will charged by the UIUC library a minimum of $125 for books and $300 for bound journals. Some items may be charged at a higher amount.  This charge is usually cancelled if the item is returned.  Borrowers will also be charged a non-refundable late return fee of $10.00.

If you receive a recall notice via email you must return the item by the new due date, usually within 15 days of the item recall. If the item is not returned on time you will be assessed a $5.00/day late fee (max. $25.00).

Are you interested in more information regarding circulation policies?

How to Find Books

Step One: Online Library Catalog

Search for books using the search box. You can search by keyword, title, author, subject or ISBN/ISSN. When you locate your item you have two choices:
  1. First, you can request the item and pick it up. You can retrieve the book from either the Main Stacks or the departmental library where the book is located. If you choose this option, make sure you jot down the location and call number of the item. 
  2. Have the book delivered to any of the departmental libraries.
Please note: If you haven't yet created a VuFind account and need help doing so, please visit this tutorial.

Step Two: I-Share 

Once you have verified that the book you are looking for is either not located in the local catalog or all copies are checked out, you may search the I-Share catalog to see if one of the participating institutions has a copy for you to borrow. The process is the same for requesting a book in the I-Share catalog as it is for the Illinois catalog. Items typically arrive within 5-10 days and you will receive an email when the item is available for pick up. The item will be delivered to either the library of your choice or the OLLI Research Park office (by choosing "UIUC Campus Mail" as the pick up location)

 Step Three: Your Local Public Library 

If the item is not available in the Illinois catalog and it is not available through I-Share, then your next stop will be your local public library. Public libraries typically have more popular items, while the University collection is more academic. Keep your full citation handy. You can search Champaign and Urbana Public Library catalogs at the same time.


Returning Your Books

You have several options for returning your books:

1. You may return your University of Illinois and I-Share books to any of the UIUC departmental libraries, with the exception of the Veterinary Medicine Library. 

2. There is also a drop-off box at the Main Library on the south end of the west parking lot on 6th Street. Since driving on-campus can be very busy during the week, you may drop off books in the box anytime.

Please note: If you have checked out videos, YOU MUST return them to the desk at the Undergraduate Library.