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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Distance Learners and Instructors: Library Resource & Services


If you live in or near Illinois, you may have access to an I-Share member library. If so, you can borrow items onsite or order books and have them sent to that library free of charge. Refer to this map to see all if you live near an I-Share library. You may also return books to I-Share libraries free of charge. 

I-Share books usually take about 5-10 days to arrive at the pick-up library, and you will receive an email at your address when your request is available for pickup. I-Share is a free service for University of Illinois students and staff.

Start by visiting the library website and click on I-Share Collection row of orange tabs in the middle column of icons, as shown in the screen capture below.

Searching for Books in the I-Share Catalog

You search for books in the I-Share catalog the same way that you search for books in the U of I Library catalog. Please see our Using the Library Catalog guide for details and screen shots on how to log in and search for materials.

Requesting Books from the I-Share Catalog

If any item is not available in the University of Illinois Library Catalog, you can search within the I-Share catalog, which includes most academic libraries in the state of Illinois. 

Any time you are searching within the University of Illinois Library Catalog you can switch to searching all of I-Share simply by selecting "All I-Share Libraries" from the drop-down menu next to the search bar. 

Requesting materials in the I-Share catalog works the same way as it does in the University of Illinois Library Catalog and requires the same log-in information. You can also view all I-Share books you have checked out in your online library account

If you cannot find something in both the University of Illinois Library Catalog and the I-Share Catalog you can make a request through Interlibrary Loan.