Answered By: Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support Library
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2019     Views: 260

If you are enrolled as an online or distance student, the University of Illinois Library will mail you books from our collection. More details on how to request and return books via mail can be found in our Distance Learners and Instructors guide.

If you are not an online or distance student, books cannot be mailed to you. However, here are some other options that are available:

  1. If you are in Illinois, you may be near an I-Share library. If so, you can borrow items onsite at that library or request books and have them sent to that library free of charge. Refer to this map to see if you live near an I-Share library. You may also return books to I-Share libraries free of charge. 
  2. If you are in the vicinity of a Big Ten Academic Alliance school, you may be able apply for reciprocal borrowing privileges and check out the item if it's available there.  
  3. OCLC participating institutions offer a reciprocal borrowing privileges for faculty.
  4. Check to see if there is an e-book version available in the Library CatalogGoogle BooksHathiTrust, or the Internet Archive.
  5. Search WorldCat, the worldwide catalog, to see if the item is available in a library near you. You may be able to use the book while visiting the library, even if you are not able to check it out.
  6. If you just need a few chapters of a book the University Library owns, Doc Express may be an option.

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