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Online Learners and Instructors: Library Resource & Services

This guide provides resources for students and instructors enrolled in online programs and courses at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

ID Numbers and Passwords

Setting up your library account to check out books:

You need your i-card before you can request books from the U of I and I-Share catalogs. 

To obtain an i-card, fill out the photoless i-card request form on the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning website, or contact them by phone at 217-333-1462 or email them at

Once your photoless i-card is activated (this may take a day or two), you should be able to request from the catalog. You need your NetID and password to log into the catalog to see the requesting function.

Accessing electronic journals:

You need your NetID and password.  Every student, faculty, and staff member at the University of Illinois has a NetID. Your NetID is the ID you use for your official email address.  It is also the ID for your Enterprise Account, and other University Account information. For more information please visit the Technology Services website, Managing your Accounts and Passwords.

Using DocExpress to request copies of articles unavailable electronically:

You need your NetID and password.

Requesting articles through Interlibrary Loan with your ILLiad Account:

You need your NetID and password.

Using Your University of Illinois Email Address

Your @illinois email address is an important way the University of Illinois communicates with you.

To use your university email:

  1. Follow this link to access your email. Click on the highlighted O365 Email in the Service Documentation section.
  2. Enter your NetID in the "user" field, and your password in the "password."  For more information about your NetID, visit the Managing Your Accounts and Passwords website.
  3. Log in with 2 Factor Authentication. 

Forwarding your University of Illinois email to another email address.

If you want all of your email from this University of Illinois account to go to another email address that you already use, you can automatically forward the email. Following these instructions from Technology Services.

Troubleshooting Card Issues

Your card number may need to be activated by Central Access Services. To do this: