As a distance student or faculty member, the University of Illinois Library will mail you books from our collection.
To request a library book, follow these steps:
Use the classic catalog to locate and verify the availability of a book. (FYI - distance student must request books from the Classic Catalog instead of the VuFind interface - the catalog linked to on the Library home page - because the system does not currently allow us to process these requests.)
Having trouble searching for a book in the library catalog?
Check to see if the book is available. In the example below, this item is not charged out and is located in the "Oak Street Facility."
If the item is available, select "Request This Title."
You will be prompted to enter your library ID number and your last name. Your library ID is on your i-card and it begins with 20111-. To obtain an i-card, contact Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at 217-333-3061 or toll-free at 800-252-1360 x3061.
Click on the link for "Request first available UIUC copy."
On the final page:
After you have placed your request, you will receive the book by UPS within 10-14 days. Books will be mailed to the address listed in your Enterprise Account.
See below for returning your items to the library.
You are responsible for returning books you have checked out and insuring the shipment of books.
You are responsible for the cost of returning books to the U of I Library by the due date listed for the book in your library account. Return books via U.S. Mail, UPS, or FedEx to the following address:
Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery
128 Main Library; MC-522
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
If you check out a book and it is lost in the mail, you are responsible for the replacement charges. All library books that are not returned or renewed by the 40th day following the due date will be "assumed lost" and the borrower will be billed the average replacement cost for books in the subject area, usually a minimum of $125.00 for books and a minimum of $300.00 for bound periodicals. The Library may assess a higher replacement cost in special instances. Central Access Services can provide more information about circulation and billing policies.
Note: If you live in or near Illinois, you may have access to an I-Share member library. If so, you can order books and have them sent to that library free of charge. You may also return books to I-Share libraries free of charge. For more information about using I-Share libraries as an Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning student/instructor, please see the I-Share page of this library guide. Here is a map of I-Share libraries.