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Request Articles or Non I-Share Books

  • Use InterLibrary Loan to request articles not owned by the Rebecca Crown Library and/or books not available in I-Share
  • Articles are sent direct to your InterLibrary Loan account
  • Requested articles are available for 5 views or 30 days, whichever comes first.

What is InterLibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a service for requesting items from libraries worldwide. This FAQ guide will help you to register and request items using the Interlibrary Loan service.

What is InterLibrary Loan?

InterLibrary Loan is a service for requesting items that are not available at Dominican or through I-Share from libraries worldwide.

What is the difference between InterLibrary Loan and I-Share?

I-Share enables you to search and borrow books from 89 libraries across Illinois.

For books and articles that are not available at Dominican or in I-Share, InterLibrary Loan allows you to place a request from libraries worldwide. Requests can be made by completing an InterLibrary Loan request form, searching WorldCat, or from any of the online databases.

Who can use InterLibrary Loan?

All interlibrary loan services are only available to current Dominican students, faculty and staff.

How do I request items using InterLibrary Loan services?

In order to request items through InterLibrary Loan, click here to be taken to the InterLibrary Loan request page. You will need your Dominican user ID and password to sign in to the system.

How will I know when my request has arrived?

You will receive an email at your Dominican email address when the materials you requested have arrived.

How can I pick up my items?

Books can be picked up at the Circulation Desk just like an I-Share request. Articles will be delivered to your InterLibrary Loan account. 

Please Note: Your article will only be available for 5 views or 30 days, whichever comes first.

How can I check on the status of a request?

You may check on a request by logging into your account. Your home page will list all outstanding requests.

Request Books from I-Share

  • Use All I-Share libraries to find books not owned by the Rebecca Crown Library
  • 5 to 10 day delivery (May be longer due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions)
  • Notification will be sent to your Dominican email account when items are available
  • The loan period for materials is 28 days. (Up to three renewals)

What is I-Share?

Use I-Share to search the holdings of over 89 academic libraries in Illinois and to request books from those libraries. 

Sign in to your I-Share Account

  1. Start at the I-Share Catalog

  2. Click the Sign In link in orange text in upper right hand corner

  3. Sign in using your Dominican login and password

Requesting Books

  1. Once you locate a book in the I-Share Catalog that you want to request from another library, look at the banner under How to Get It.  If the banner is white, click on I-Share.  If the banner is yellow, and there is a message to sign in, click on Sign In to log in using your library account login (Dominican login credentials).  Then click on I-Share in the white banner.  Click on Send Request at the bottom of the form that appears.

  2. Click the Choose pick-up location button to select a preferred pick-up location.  The system defaults to Dominican University as your home library.  For your convenience, you can also select a library that is near your home or workplace as the pick-up library. After you choose a pick-up location, click the Request button to complete your request.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the institution first to make sure they are currently participating in I-Share, and that you will be allowed into the library to pick up your item.

  3. You can log in to check your request status anytime. To log in click the orange Sign In link in the upper right of the screen. 

Pick-Up Information, Processing Time, & Loan Periods

  • Please allow 5-10 days to receive requested materials.  (May be longer due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions).

  • You will be notified by email when requested materials are available. Items will be available for pick up at the Circulation Desk (first floor) in the Library.

  • The loan period for materials is initially 28 days. You may renew materials online using your Library Account for an additional 28 days up to 3 times, for a total limit of 16 weeks. Please see the most recent I-Share policies for interlibrary loan for details.

  • You may return interlibrary loan materials at the Circulation Desk, or they can be returned at any CARLI member library.  (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all items must be returned to the outside book drop located near the lower level library entrance to the Cyber Café).  

Library Resource Sharing Policy

Resource sharing is the process by which the Library requests resources from, or supplies resources to another library.  Resources include books, copies of journal articles, and book chapters.
The Rebecca Crown Library provides resource sharing in order to enhance and extend the resources available to Dominican students, faculty, and staff.  Resource sharing is an essential part of the Library's mission to meet the informational needs of the Dominican community. It is intended to support scholarly research and supplement classroom learning. The Rebecca Crown Library's resource sharing service is provided in accordance with the Consortium of Illinois Academic and Research Libraries I-Share Library Resource Sharing code, The Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS) Agreement, the RAILS Resource Sharing Policy and the Interlibrary Loan code for the United States.
Resource Sharing is a free service offered to all current students, faculty and staff of Dominican University.  Resources which may be requested include books and copies of periodical and newspaper articles in accordance with U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and its accompanying guidelines.  Requests for books may be placed online via I-Share.  Requests for books not available in I-Share and article requests may be placed through Interlibrary Loan.  Reference librarians are available to assist with submitting requests via chat .  When a requested item is available for pick-up, borrowers will be notified by email.  Article requests will by email whenever possible. Borrowers may request renewals directly through their library account. If the item was not obtained through I-Share, borrowers must request renewals before materials are due by contacting the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator at or 708-524-6877. Renewals are provided at the owning library’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed.  Borrowers must honor any use restrictions specified by the owning library.
All borrowed material is subject to recall by the owning library. Borrowers must respond immediately if the owning library recalls an item. An individual borrower is subject to the same fine, lost and damaged material policies, as is a borrower of the same type affiliated with the lending library. Resource Sharing may be limited or suspended for borrowers who repeatedly fail to pick up requested materials, keep materials overdue, or damage/deface materials.
Items we loan include books, and copies of journal and newspaper articles.  Borrowing libraries should submit requests in standard formats as prescribed by the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States. Requests will be accepted via mail, email, or OCLC.  We make every possible effort to process all requests promptly.  Renewals may be provided at the Library’s discretion.
All loaned items are subject to recall. There are no charges for I-Share Libraries or out-of-state libraries with whom we have reciprocal agreements unless the item is lost.  The replacement cost for lost books is the current market price of the book.  Current Affiliations are CARLI (I-Share), LIBRAS, RAILS and LVIS.  Resource sharing may be limited or suspended for borrowing libraries that repeatedly keep materials overdue, fail to properly package returning items, or that lose, damage/deface materials.
In accordance with the Library Records Confidentiality Act of the State of Illinois (75 ILCS 70), all library records are considered confidential information.  The library will not disclose such records except for the purposes of interlibrary cooperation and coordination. Resource Sharing transactions may generate both paper and electronic records that include personally identifiable user information. Once an item has been borrowed and returned and all fines and/or fees are paid, all local Library electronic and paper records are deleted or destroyed.