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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ESL Undergraduate Student Guide

A guide to support international students in ESL 112 and 115 and beyond.

Find Books

The Library Catalog provides access to the millions of books, movies, music, and more that the university owns. You can also search for items in other university libraries in Illinois through the I-Share catalog.

Search the library catalog

The default search is the "keyword" search which provides the most comprehensive search, but can result in a large number of items appearing in your search results. Focus your search with one of the following options:

  • Title search
    • Enter a known title in search box. 
    • Select "Title" from the drop-down menu. 
  • Author search
    • Enter author name in search box.
    • Select "Author" from the drop-down menu. 
  • Subject search
    • Enter subject words in search box. 
    • From results page look in the right-hand column for "Topic" or "Genre." To focus your search, click on those that appear most relevant.​​


Example Catalog Search for "American History" showing Topic and Genre options

Log In

Logging into your library account allows you to request books and other loanable items from the University of Illinois catalog and I-Share, view and renew the items you have checked out, save materials to your favorites, run saved searches, view fines/blocks, and more. As of June 24, 2020, when the U of I Library switched to a new catalog, there is no need to create a separate library account! Current U of I students, faculty, and staff log in with your NetID and password while courtesy card borrowers log in with your assigned login and password.

1. Go to the Library homepage.
2. Look for the "My Account" button in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on it.


image of the my account button in the upper right of the U of I library home page screen

3. You will see a box with two choices: for U of I affiliates and for courtesy card borrowers. Click on the appropriate choice for your status.

image of the options between U of I users with NetIDs and courtesy card holders


6a. Courtesy card borrowers will see a place to enter your User ID and password. Your User ID will be the 14-digit number on your Courtesy Card, without any spaces. Please contact the Circulation Department to get your password for the new catalog system..

image of login for courtesy card borrowers

6b. U of I users with a current NetID will be sent to the 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) screen, or, if you have already logged into a U of I service that requires 2FA, it will automatically log you in.

Once you are logged in, you should see your name in the upper right corner of the screen:

image of user name in upper right of screen once logged into your account

Click on your name and you will see a drop-down menu with several options, detailed in the next section.

If you have any questions about logging into you account, Ask a Librarian.