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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 Favorites, 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. Select Login on the right-hand side of the page.
5. Select Create a New Account and complete the form.

  • Fill out your name and email address, then create a username and password. These can be the same as your NetID and password, but do not have to be.
  • Enter your "Borrower ID," which is the 14 digit number on your i-card next to the word "Library."
  • Select "University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign" as the I-Share library you are affiliated with.

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

Create a VuFind Account form

Use My Account

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

  • Favorites - Mark items you like as a Favorite by clicking on the red 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.
  • Blocks - Your library account may be blocked when you have significantly overdue items. Blocks mean you cannot request, pick up, or renew items from the library until the problem has been resolved.
  • Contact Information - Lists your name, mailing address, and email.
  • Preferences - Choose the default location to be used when you request an item be held for pick up. Save time when you text call numbers to yourself from the catalog by setting your cell phone number and provider.
  • User Account - Change your My Account username or password. This is where you can update your Borrower ID with your new library account number when you get a new i-card.


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