Answered By: Grainger Engineering Library
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 Views: 0

Yes. Books not owned by UIUC can often be checked out from another library in the state that is a member of the I-Share cooperative.


Using the VuFind catalog, if there are no copies available for the item you want, switch the drop down menu to the right of the search box from "Local Catalog Only" to "All I-Share Libraries." When searching "All I-Share Libraries" click the item you want, and under the "Location and Availability" tab, click "Request this item" on the copy you wish, or click the "Request 1st Available" tab. You might need to set up an account if you have not already. Choose "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" from the pick-up library drop down menu. Then choose where you would like to pick-up the book from the "Choose pick-up location" drop down menu; select "UIUC Engineering Desk" to pick it up at Grainger Library. Click request to submit.


If you search for a particular item in the Classic catalog and it shows that item as being checked out, missing or otherwise unavailable at the UIUC, you will be given a link reading “Find copies in other I-Share libraries.” If you click on that link you will be taken to the I-Share catalog which will automatically search for the item you are looking for, you will then be given a list of libraries in the I-Share cooperative that has the item available. If you find another library in the list that indicates the item is available, click on the "request" link at the top of the screen.


You will be prompted select your home library and to login with your last name and borrower ID. Select which available copy you wish to request and then click OK. At this point you will be able to choose your pick-up library location. When the form is complete, click "Submit Request". 


See the tutorial for more detailed instructions.

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