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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Using the Library Catalog

This guide explains how to log into an account, search the catalog, and how to renew and request items.


The catalog allows you to place a request for items currently available in the University of Illinois Library or a library associated with I-Share. You can request to pick up the item from any library on campus, or you can have it sent to your campus office mail address if you have one.

To Place a Request:

  1. Search the Library Catalog or I-Share Catalog.
  2. When you have found the item you want to request, check if it is available.
  3. Depending on where it is available, follow the steps outlined below. In this case, the book in only available in print at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library but it IS available in other I-Share libraries: 
  4. image of what the record looks like when the book is checked out from the U of I but requestable from other i-share libraries
  1. Check to see if it is available in other I-Share libraries; if so, verify that it is available by clicking on the "available in institution" link then, if it shows as available, click on the "Request" link. Some faculty and graduate students can have circulating library materials delivered to their offices
  2. You will be sent an email when your request is available for pickup. Requested items will be held for two weeks after they arrive at the desk.



To renew an item online using your account:
1. Log in to your account using your NetID and password (you may have to authenticate with 2FA to get to your account); or, if you are a courtesy card borrower, with your username and password.
2. Once you are authenticated and logged in (check to see that your name appears in the upper right corner of the screen), click on "My Loans" (from your name drop-down in the upper right of the screen) or "Loans" from the Overview page.
3. Select the items you would like to renew by putting a check into the box by each item as indicated below or click on the "Renew all" link if you want to renew all your items at once--the link you see below that says "Renew selected" will say "Renew all" by default. Also, note that you can sort your checked-out items by due date (newest or oldest) or by title.

image of the renewal screen in the library catalog with options for sorting your items and how to check off items you want to renew

You can also renew items by calling the circulation desk (217-333-8400) or by coming to any campus library in person. If you receive an error when you try to renew an item, contact the circulation desk.

Oak Street Library [stacks request online]

The Oak Street Library at Oak and Daniel Streets serves as the high-density storage unit for the University of Illinois Library. This library is not browsable because the items are stored in trays according to size and shelved on 40-foot high racks of industrial shelving. An item’s location on the shelves is tracked through a special inventory program by barcode. To retrieve items from these industrial shelving units, Oak Street staff determine where each piece is located based on its barcode and then use a lift to access the appropriate location.

photo of oak street library's high-density storage stacks

Requests for materials at Oak Street Library are made online via your library account and can be delivered to your preferred campus library where you can pick them up in 1 to 2 business days. See below for what it looks like when a copy is available from Oak St. but not from main campus libraries:

image of what the link looks like when an item is available to request from Oak St. but not from anywhere else on the main campus.

Alternatively, you can use Oak Street’s Reading Room (see their homepage for hours), which is particularly useful for consulting a large number of items, such as multi-volume sets. You can check out and return books there. More information about requesting items is on Oak Street Library’s requesting materials webpage.

Learn more about Oak Street Library and their services by visiting their homepage.