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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Poetry and Short Stories: Reviews and Criticism: Find a Book

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Course Reserves

All course reserves can be found in the course reserves section of the online catalog, where you can search by class or by instructor.

Electronic course reserves are available separately here. You can search by course number or, alternatively, use the "find" function of your browser and type in your instructor's last name.

How Do I Find a Book at Illinois?

Books on literature are found not only in the Literatures and Languages Library, but in the Main Stacks and several other library departments.  Given that, the best way to find a book is to use the Library catalog.

The Library has two different formats of its catalog: the regular VuFind Catalog and Classic Catalog. The VuFind Catalog is easy to use, and can be used for basic title, author, and subject searches. Classic Catalog is useful for advanced, in-depth searches by call number, for dissertations and reports, and by multiple types of authors (corporate authors, editors, etc.).

Two types of call numbers are used in the literatures collection: the Library of Congress call number system is used in the Literatures and Languages Library and Undergraduate Library, and Dewey Decimal call numbers are used in the Main Stacks.  For more help on browsing and using call numbers, contact or visit the Literatures and Languages Library.


If you can't find something in the UIUC catalog, search the I-Share catalog to see if any other college libraries in Illinois have the item available. I-Share is a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to borrow something from another library nearby. NOTE:  Journals CANNOT be requested through I-Share--you must use InterLibrary Loan (see below).

The I-Share catalog is connected to UIUC catalog and also can be searched using Quick Search or Advanced Search. For more help Ask a Librarian.

Interlibrary Loan

If the University of Illinois Library does not have a journal you need or if a book is not in the Illinois and I-Share catalogs, then WorldCat is the next option: WorldCat is an international library catalog of print and multi-media materials from thousands of libraries all over the world. If the item you're looking for exists anywhere in a library's collection, then it is likely to be found in this catalog.

But whether you find it in WorldCat or still have no luck, then place a request to Interlibrary Loan (ILL). They will find and try to have the item sent here from another library. On average, ILL items will take between 2-4 weeks to arrive, with the exception of journal articles, which are sent digitally and usually take 7 days. Some of the harder-to-acquire items may take longer than 2-4 weeks. Therefore, always allow for lots of time when requesting materials through Interlibrary Loan.

To place an ILL request, login to your ILLiad account.