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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
  • Notification will be sent to your dom 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.  I-Share requires you to create an account before requesting books. With your account, you can also create lists of favorites, tag items and post reviews.

Creating your I-Share Account

  1. Start at the I-Share Catalog

  2. Click the Login link to create your I-Share account

  3. Click the Create New Account link.

  4. Fill out all the fields, use your Dominican University net ID and password as your new I-Share account login, and select Dominican University as your affiliated library. Please note the borrower's ID is the number printed below the barcode on the back of your Dominican Star Card. After you are done, click the Submit button.

Requesting Books

  1. Once you locate a book in I-Share Catalog that you want to request from another library, just click the Request This Item link to submit your request.

  2. Click the Choose pick-up location button to select a preferred pick-up location.  The system default 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.

  3. You can login to check your request status anytime. To login 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.

  • 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 My 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.

Library Resource Sharing Policy

Resource sharing is the process by which the Library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library. Material includes books, and other returnable items as well as copies of journal articles, book chapters, excerpts, and other non-returnable items.
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. Materials which may be requested include books and government documents. Photocopies of periodical and newspaper articles may be requested 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 an electronic request form, available on the Library web site. Reference librarians are available at the reference desk to assist with submitting requests.Materials which may not be requested include audio-visual materials such as audiotapes, cassettes, LPs, CDs, Videocassettes, DVDs, Slides, etc.Dissertations may be requested but are not provided free of charge. The Library will obtain the cost and receive authorization from the borrower before requesting. If the borrower authorizes the Library to purchase the dissertation, the borrower is responsible for paying the fee. No refunds will be made.When a requested item is available for pick-up, borrowers will be notified by e-mail or telephone. Article requests will be sent electronically by e-mail whenever possible. Borrowers may request renewals directly through “my account” in I-Share. 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, such as no photocopying or in-library use only.
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.
Materials we share include books from our circulating collection, photocopies of journal articles, newspaper articles and pages from books (print or microform) and government documents. Materials we do not loan include items located in Media Services (Audiotapes, cassettes, LPs, CDs, Videocassettes, DVDs, Slides, etc), an entire bound Periodical volume, an entire unbound periodical issue, reference books and non-circulating materials.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, e-mail, fax, Arial or OCLC. Our average turnaround time on lending is two working days.  We make every possible effort to process all requests promptly. Loan period is 8 weeks.  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, plus a $15.00 processing fee. If the item is no longer in print, a $50.00 charge will apply ($35.00 lost item fee + $15.00 processing fee). 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.