Answered By: University of Illinois Library
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2020     Views: 277

New students and staff who have not yet received an i-card/Library barcode number won't be able to log into their Library account. 


*Please note* - an active i-card is NOT needed to access the Library's subscription e-resources (online databases, ebooks, streaming audio and video, etc.).  Only a NetID and password are needed to log in when accessing subscription e-resources from Library webpages.

Library account access is only needed to: request books and other loanable items from the University of Illinois catalog and I-Share, view and renew physical items checked out, save materials to favorites, run saved searches, and view fines/blocks, etc.


How to obtain an i-card/library barcode number


On campus

Visit/contact the Urbana ID Center.

In an online degree program

Students who are in an online degree program (fully online programs such as the iMBA) can request a photoless i-card through the form provided by CITL. Students will receive a Library barcode number printed on an i-card.

Not in an online degree program

Online students who are not part of a fully online degree program can request a Library barcode by emailing the ID Center at Students must send the email to the ID Center from their account and include their UIN. The ID Center staff will generate a Library barcode number and email it to the student. This information is provided on the Get an i-card page.



On campus

Visit/contact the Urbana ID Center.

Off campus

Ask your department supervisor to email and request a photoless i-card. The ID Center will send the i-card to the campus address of the requesting department, and the department will mail the i-card to the staff person. 

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