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Information Literacy Tutorial: Requesting Books

Learn how to find, evaluate, and manage sources with this guide.

Requesting Books

Always begin your book search in the local catalog before searching the I-Share catalog. InterLibrary Loan should only be used once you are sure you cannot access a book.

Guide Based On:

This guide is based on the Information Literacy Tutorial from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Information Literacy Tutorial by Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at

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Requesting Books Through I-Share

If you cannot find a book you are searching for in the library catalog, you can search the I-Share catalog. This searches libraries in Illinois which may have access to the text you are looking for. You can request books and have them sent to the library free of charge.

I-Share is an option on the library's catalog search page (next to the search box is a drop-down menu where you can search within either "Local Catalog Only" or "All I-Share libraries").

I-Share books usually take 5-10 days to arrive at the pick-up library. You will receive an email at your address when your request is available for pickup. I-Share is a free service for University of Illinois students and staff.

For more information see our LibGuide:

Requesting Books Through InterLibrary Loan

If you cannot find a book you would like in I-Share, you can request the book through InterLibrary Loan. The InterLibrary Loan service will borrow materials for you from libraries across the globe.

To access your InterLibrary Loan account (ILLiad):

1. Click on the "Services" tab on the library homepage, then select InterLibrary Loan. 

2. Click on "Login to my ILLiad Account."

3. Sign in with your NetID and password. 

To request a book, click on the option below "New Request." You will need to fill out a form which looks like this:

ILL request form


For more information see our LibGuide: