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How to obtain materials from other libraries.

Borrowing from Other Libraries


Before you request any books from our Borrow From Other Libraries Login (below) for books within our state-wide I-Share consortium using the I-Share 4.0 interface.  I-Share is a network of over 120 academic libraries throughout Illinois (including SXU) that share their book collections. If books are available in I-Share, it usually takes 3 business days for the book to arrive.

     Remember to Login first in order to see and request items from other libraries. (See our video of this process). 

     You login to the new I-Share 4.0 interface using your Barcode number, which is the numbers (not the leading and trailing letters) below your ID card barcode, and then your last name. You will need to log in to borrow materials. 

    Students without ID Cards can build their required Barcode number using the mySXU portal. Go to my.sxu,edu, click on Self-Service, Students, Academic Profile, and then My Profile to find your 7 digit Colleague number. When asked to enter the Barcode, enter the school prefix 2131100 followed by your 7 digit Colleague number. (This is equivalent to the numbers under the barcode on an ID card, without the leading and trailing letters.)


NOTE: The new SXU I-Share 4.0 interface will provide the most functionality.

  • You can limit to SXU materials, or expand to the state-wide consortium.
  • You must Login before you can request items from other libraries.
  • You no longer need to create an I-Share account; just use your barcode number (without the letters).
  • You can limit or browse using subjects, locations, languages, genres, and dates.
  • You can mark and then email or download specific records.
  • NOTE: Use EndNote format to download records into Zotero from the I-Share book catalog.


     Watch our short video describing the Fulltext journal article links and the "Borrow from Other Libraries" Interlibrary Loan (ILL) option.

   If you do not find the desired material in the resources above, then...

         search Beyond our I-Share Consortium using the Worldcat database.

Then you can access these materials via the Borrow From Other Libraries Login  (for book loans and journal article copies from libraries outside our state-wide consortium).

      You log into this Tipasa service using your regular campus UserID and password.   

QUESTIONS? Call 773-298-3353 or you can also contact the library via phone (773) 298-3352 or email

POLICIES: You can borrow books, journal articles, and other materials from libraries around the country at no charge. The lending library, not the SXU Library, determines what they will loan. Many libraries will not send textbooks, DVDs, theses, or materials that are rare or on Reserve.

The SXU Library may charge fines for late and/or lost items. When borrowing from another library, you are responsible for paying fines.



If the materials are unavailable through I-Share, you can obtain items from over 10,000 libraries in the continental United States. You must log in to your Borrow from Other Libraries account to use this service.

  • Books ordered this way use the U.S. Postal Service and may take five to ten days to arrive, so plan accordingly.
  • Journal articles are scanned and delivered electronically and may take up to five days. Article requests may be entered directly from search result records within our journal index databases. (Use either the "Borrow From Other Libraries" or the "Access Material" links found beside each journal article record.)
  • For known journal articles, search for your desired item in the SCOPUS database, as this interdisciplinary database will auto-complete the article details into the request form. Use the "Access Materials" option.
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