As a UIS student, you have access to over 85 Illinois University/College libraries through the consortium to which Brookens Library belongs. These libraries are I-Share libraries, and visiting or requesting materials from these libraries requires your UIS i-card, which serves as your library card. Please contact the UIS ID Center and request an i-card be sent to you or to have your library borrowing number given to you. Once you have your i-card or your library borrowing number, please call Brookens Library to be entered into the system. This is required to check out and request books.
Create your Library Account
From the library home page: http://library.uis.edu click on My Accounts. [NOTE: You will find this link toward the bottom of the page and signified by a large purple circle with a pointer in it.] Then click on My Library Account. Fill out all of the information asked of you. Borrower ID is your Brookens library borrowing number, which is listed on your ID card, or was sent to you upon request from the UIS ID Center. The final field asks for 'I-Share Library with Which You Are Affiliated'. Click on the drop down box and scroll down to University of Illinois at Springfield. Then hit submit. You're all set.
If you are within driving distance of UIS, we strongly recommend that you come to Brookens Library to check out materials. However if you live within driving distance of other I-Share libraries, you can use your i-card to check out books there. When you request a book through iShare, you can tell it which library in the system to send the item to.
Requesting Books via My ILL
If the book you need is not in the I-Share Catalog or within driving distance, you may request the book via InterLibrary Loan, or My ILL. Be sure to include in the NOTES field the fact that you are an online student. This is a critical piece of information that will alert Brookens Library staff to the fact that the item will need to be mailed to you. Brookens will mail the item to you free of charge. However, you will be responsible for the cost of shipping it back to the library.