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Library Guide for History and Religious Studies Graduate Students

Basic information on using the Library for new History and Religious Studies graduate students.

Borrowing Privileges

Graduate students may borrow UIUC books for 16 weeks, and renew them up to 10 times. Although an ever-increasing number of journals are available online, we do still maintain a collection of journals available only in print. Loan period for print periodicals varies: typically unbound issues cannot be checked out, and bound journals circulate for 1-2 weeks. You can renew all library materials (except reserves) by logging into your Library Catalog Account (you must create a password the first time you log in).

Books borrowed from I-Share Libraries circulate for 4 weeks, and may be renewed up to 3 times, for a maximum loan period of 16 weeks.

Graduate Students who have a Campus Mail address may request books online and have those books sent to their Campus Mail address.

Library Fines

Books - No daily overdue charge on books, but a non-refundable $10 processing fee is assessed at 34 days and the book is “assumed lost.” At this stage a bill to cover the cost of replacement (minimum of $125) is assessed via the University Bursar's Office. Overdue notices are sent by e-mail. Periodicals: $2 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour, up to a maximum of $50. Replacement cost starts at $300, automatically assessed after 34 days

  • Building Use Only material: $10 / day
  • Loanable Technology: $15 / day
  • Recalled items: $5 / day
  • Reserves: Varies by loan type.  Hourly reserves are fined $5.00 for each hour, or any portion of an hour, overdue.
  • Video, DVD/CD, audiobook, and other media items from the Undergraduate Library:  approx. $1.00/day

N.B.: If you are going to be out of town for an extended period, you should return your library books to avoid incurring fines in case one of the books is recalled in your absence.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

For a good overview of this process, see the Library's guide to Requesting a Book not at UIUC.

(Note that we can obtain material from many other academic libraries in the state through the regular online catalog, I-Share, without going through ILL. When you obtain a book or journal through I-Share, it is not considered "interlibrary loan," since the transaction takes place within our own online catalog, even though the material may be coming to you from Northern Illinois University, Illinois State, or one of the other 130+ participating libraries.)

Need an article from a journal that the Library only has available in print, but don't have time to come in? We will deliver the article to your email inbox! Use the DocExpress service to initiate a request.

You can also place ILL requests directly through WorldCat. This is a "union" or combined catalog for thousands of libraries that share cataloging records. Note that you can search the title of a journal in this database to find out which libraries own the journal, but to identify articles in a journal, you need to use one of the article databases.


To find dissertations and theses (including many that are available online), use the following:

Center for Research Libraries


Cost and Locations

How to Print

Payment Options

Use Illini Cash

U of I students can pay for printing with Illini Cash. Print charges will be deducted from your Illini Cash balance.

Faculty and staff
Charge to Your University Account

Affiliated U of I faculty and staff who are not currently registered as taking a class can log in with their NetID to have print charges billed to your account once a month.

Get a Pre-paid Printing Account
  1. Register as a new user at the PaperCut website.
  2. A confirmation email will be sent to you.
  3. Go to the Undergraduate Library Circulation Desk to add money to your account.
Pay Cash
  1. From any library computer, select the printer “Library Pay Cash B&W” or “Library Pay Cash Color”
  2. Go to the Undergraduate Library Circulation Desk to have your print made and to pay for it.


Copies are black and white only, no color.

Copier Locations

  • Architecture & Art Library
  • Funk ACES Library (2nd floor)
  • Music & Performing Arts Library (1st floor)
  • Student Life & Culture Archives


Scanner Locations

Book and Large Format Scanners

  • BookEdge OpticBook Flatbed Scanner (up to 12″ x 17″) –
    • Communications Library, room 122 Gregory Hall
    • Funk ACES Library
    • Grainger Engineering Library
    • Music Library, room 1300 Music Building
    • Scholarly Commons, room 220 Library
    • SSHEL North, room 100 Library
    • Undergraduate Library
  • Overhead BookEye Scanner (14″x17″) –
    • International & Area Studies Library, room 321 Library
  • Overhead Book2Net/planetary Scanner (up to 21.25″ x 22.64″ x 47.25″) USB Drive Scanning Only
    • Chemistry Library, room 170 Noyes Lab
    • Grainger Engineering Library
    • Literature and Languages Library, room 200 Library
    • Scholarly Commons, room 220 Library
  • Overhead ST600 Book Scanner (11.8″x 17″) –
    • Architecture & Art Library, room 208 Architecture Building
    • Music Library, room 1300 Music Building
  • Flatbed Scanners (8.5″ x 11.7″) –
    • Architecture & Art Library, room 208 Architecture Building
    • Chemistry Library, room 170 Noyes Lab
    • Funk ACES Library
    • Grainger Engineering Library
    • International Literature and Languages Library, room 200 Library
    • Main Library near Information Desk, room 204 Library
    • Mathematics Library, room 216 Altgeld Hall
    • Music Library, room 1300 Music Building
    • SSHEL North and South, rooms 100 and 101 Library
    • Undergraduate Library
  • Flatbed Scanners (12.2″ x 17.2″) –
    • Architecture & Art Library, room 208 Architecture Building
    • Map Library, room 418 Library
    • Scholarly Commons, room 220 Library
  • Sheet Feeder Scanner  (11″x 17″) –
    • Scholarly Commons, room 220 Library

Library Carrels

Graduate students may request a Library Carrel in the Main Stacks. Library Carrels provide quiet, private study space that is near the Main Library research collection. For more information on getting a Library Carrel:


Frequently Asked Questions about the Library: