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Get What You Need with I-Share

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There are more than 120,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other physical media in the Library’s collection. But what if none of them is what you’re looking for?

That’s where I-Share comes in.

I-Share is a consortium of 86 Illinois college and university libraries (including Lewis) that allow their students to borrow materials from each other. Our I-Share membership means that if Lewis doesn’t have the item you are looking for, you may be able to borrow it from another Illinois library that does. Even better, you, the student, control the request process. Here’s how:

  1. If you’re looking for a hard-copy resource like a book or DVD, you can check the Lewis University Library Catalog and see if we own it. (If we do, the catalog will tell you where in the Library to find it.)I-Share 1
  2. If Lewis doesn’t own a copy of the item you need, you can change the catalog search menu to All I-Share Libraries. That search will tell you what other college and university libraries have a copy, and whether or not it’s available to check out.I-Share 2
  3. If there is a copy available at another library, you can request that it be sent to Lewis by clicking the Request First Available tab. The system will automatically select a copy for you. I-Share3
  4. Clicking Request will tell that library to pull it from their shelves and send it to you. (Note: You will need to set up an I-Share account the first time. It’s quick and easy. This document tells you how.)I-Share 4
  5. I-Share items are picked up and delivered by van every weekday (other than holidays), so it can take a few days from request to delivery. We usually suggest allowing 3-5 days, depending on how far away it’s coming from. (You can also track its progress in your I-Share account.)I-Share 5
  6. When the item arrives at Lewis, you’ll get an email notifying you that it’s ready for pickup. You can check it out at the Library’s Service Desk, just like you would one of our resources. If you want to keep it beyond the due date, you can renew it online via your I-Share account.

It’s that simple!

Another fun fact: I-Share membership has in-person benefits as well. If the library that owns an item you need is nearby, you can go there and check it out with your Lewis ID. If you live near another I-Share institution, you can also return items there and even have your requests delivered there if you prefer.

For more information on setting up an I-Share account, requesting materials, and pretty much everything else you want to know about I-Share, visit our handy research guide and/or FAQ page. You can also stop by or call, email, text or chat with us for individual assistance.

One last thing: The I-Share system is used for borrowing physical resources like books and DVDs. Vendor restrictions do not allow us to share ebooks with each other. I-Share is also not the way to get copies of journal articles—but you can do that! Stay tuned for another blog post to find out how. (OK, if you want to know now, check out this page.)

Book a Librarian for Research Help

Research consultations

As midterm approaches, so do the deadlines for those first research assignments in many courses. If you’re having trouble finding sources, choosing databases, or even figuring out where to start, the Library can help!

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian. Ideal for in-depth projects, these 30- to 60-minute sessions allow you to discuss your research topic with the librarian and determine the resources and search strategies that will achieve the best results. And because the consultations take place away from the main service desks at our Research Consultation Station, you’ll have the librarian’s undivided attention.

To schedule a research consultation, visit lewisu.libcal.com/appointments or go to the Library homepage and click on Make an Appointment. You can select the liaison librarian in your subject area or choose “no preference” for the largest selection of appointment times.

In addition, while most research consultations take place in the Library, you can also meet with a librarian at St. Charles Borromeo (Lindsay Harmon), De La Salle Hall’s Courtyard Café (Kelley Plass), or at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus (Betsy Sterner).

For more information about the Research Consultation service, contact Andrew Lenaghan, Head of Library Instruction and Research Services.