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How to obtain materials from other libraries.


Due to the COVID-19 disruption, there is no physical book borrowing.

However, the Library Pandemic Resources page contains some additional helpful ebook materials to support distance learning during our transition of course support to a completely online mode.

           You may still contact the library staff for online assistance with our many online tools. 

Borrowing from Other Libraries

JOURNAL ARTICLES - How to determine if we have it, and how to request those we do not already provide within our packages. 

  • Watch a short video describing how to discover citations and access articles using our search tools and our fulltext journal article links
  • The above video shows how you seamlessly request articles using the "Borrow from Other Libraries" Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form when we do not have immediate access. You can also enter known citation information directly into this form.


    Find and create Requests for known journal articles:

  • the Citation Search option allows you to quickly jump to a known item record using your citation information.
  • A good starting point for known item searching is the Multiple Database Search Tool (use the "Borrow From Other Libraries" request option).
  • the interdisciplinary SCOPUS database will auto-complete the article details into the Request form if we do not have a subscription. Use the "Access Materials" option to determine our holdings and/or to place a request.
  • You can search our complete journal holdings using the Journal List


Before you request any books using our Borrow From Other Libraries service (below) for books within our state-wide I-Share consortium using the I-Share 4.0 interface.  I-Share is a network of over 90 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.

     You must Login in order to view availability and request items from other libraries. (See our video of this process). 

     You login to the I-Share catalog 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 SXU I-Share interface provides enhanced 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.

   If you do not find the desired book material in the local resources above

            search libraries outside our state-wide consortium using the Worldcat database.

  • This tool will allow you to access these materials via the Borrow From Other Libraries service.
  • You log into this Tipasa service using your regular campus UserID and password.   


  • You can usually borrow books, journal articles, and many 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 and/or block registration for overdue and/or lost items.
  • When borrowing from another library, you are responsible for paying fines directly to the lending library.
  • Undergraduate students will be restricted from placing journal article requests once we have reached our annual Fair Use limitations.
  • We strive to provide requested material within five business days.



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.



For help with these options you can contact the library via phone (773) 298-3352, via chat, or email:


If you are experiencing problems logging in, or you are looking for a status report on a previous request:

  call 773-298-3353 or you can send an email with the details to

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