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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Using the Library Catalog

This guide explains how to create an account, search the catalog,and how to renew and request items.

Create an Account

Creating a library account allows you to request books from the University of Illinois catalog and I-Share, save materials to your Saved Items or create a list, view and renew the items you have checked out, and view fines. Creating a library account is also necessary to request books through I-Share.

1. Go to the Library homepage.
2. Select the Catalog drop-down menu (in light blue menu bar).
3. Select U of I Catalog (the first option).
4. Click "Login" on the right side of the page.

5. Select "Create New Account." 


6. Complete the form:

  • Enter your name as it appears on your I-Card
  • Use your university email address
  • It is recommended (but not required) that you use your NetID and password as your username and password 
  • Enter your "Barcode," which is the 14 digit number on your I-Card next to the word "Library."
  • Enter your last name. Make sure that it matches the last name on your i-card.
  • Select the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from the drop-down menu.

If you have any questions about creating an account, Ask a Librarian.

Use My Account

When you log into your account there is a side menu with the following options:

  • Favorites - Mark items you like by clicking on the "add to favorites" link with a pink heart beside the title in your search results.
  • Checked Out Items - Lists your currently checked out items and lets you renew them online.
  • Requested Items - View and manage the requests you've placed. Check if an item is ready to pick up (you'll receive an email notification the following day).
  • Fines - U of I library fines, fees and replacement charges are recorded here until a bill is issued. For more information see the library's Overdue and Lost Items page. If you have questions about a bill, contact the Library Billing Office at or (217) 333-8288
  • Contact Information - Lists your name, mailing address, and email.
  • PreferencesYou can choose the preferred library/default location to be used when you request an item be held for pick up and add your cell phone number if you would like to use the "text me" feature to receive call numbers for items in the library catalog by text.
  • User Account- Contains basic information, like your name, email address, and username. This is also where you enter your Borrower ID (or Barcode number) and select the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the the I-Share library you are affiliated with.