As a distance student or faculty member, the University of Illinois Library will mail you books from our collection. Distance learners living in Illinois can also use I-Share to request books. Distance learners living outside of Illinois but near another academic library may want to consider taking advantage of one of our Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements.
If you only need a chapter or two, and want to avoid paying postage to return the book, consider using the DocExpress service. For detailed instructions, see the Request Articles tab in this guide.
To request a library book, follow these steps:
Use the classic catalog to locate and verify the availability of a book. Distance students and faculty must request books through the classic catalog instead of the default catalog linked to on the library home page. The default catalog is unable to process requests to send books through the mail.
Check to see if the book is available. In the example below, this item is not checked out. If the item is available, select "Request This Title."
You will be prompted to enter your library library account number and your last name. Your library account number is on your i-card and it begins with 20111. To obtain an i-card, follow the directions on this Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning page.
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. Click on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to log into the correct system and to see which address is associated with your account.
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.