The diagram below describes the three-step process for finding books. If a book is not held at the University of Illinois library, the next place to check is I-Share, a consortium of other academic libraries in Illinois. If a book is not available in Illinois, the next step is to use search the WorldCat catalog and request a copy of the book through Interlibrary Loan.
I-Share is a network of over 80 academic libraries in Illinois that lend materials to one another. Items that are not available or checked out at U of I can usually be obtained through I-Share. The I-Share catalog can be accessed directly through our local catalog. Simply click on the fifth option at the top of the page, "I-Share Catalog." You can also change the dropdown menu next to the search field to "All I-Share Libraries" from either "Library Catalog" or "Course Reserves."
An item available for request in I-Share will have a list of the institution(s) it is located at, along with an option to request under "How to get it" by clicking on "Request from I-Share Libraries." You must be signed into the catalog to see this option.
Once you click on the "request" option, a pre-filled form will appear. Select a pick-up location and the date you will not need it after.
Please note electronic resources listed in the I-Share catalog that are owned by other libraries can only be accessed by people affiliated with that library.