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How to obtain materials from other libraries.


The new interface will be prompt you to use your campus ID and password.

If you are experiencing problems logging into Borrow From Other Libraries, you can send an email with the details to

Borrowing from Other Libraries

I-Share Login (for book loans from libraries within the state-wide I-Share consortium)

Borrow From Other Libraries Login  (for book and journal article loans from libraries outside our state-wide consortium).

I-Share account information:

   New students and faculty must create a Borrower ID account in order to use the book delivery option within our consortial I-Share catalog. When filling in your email address, you must use your SXU email account. The Colleague ID, which is a piece of information required in order to generate a Borrower ID, is the numbers under the barcode on your ID card, without the leading and trailing letters.

     Record your password, as this password will not change when your campus password changes.

     New students without ID Cards can build their Colleague ID from the mySXU portal. Go to my.sxu,edu, click on Self-Service, Students, Academic Profile, and then My Profile. When asked to enter the Borrower ID, 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.)

Beyond our I-Share Consortium:

A separate Tipasa account is required to Borrow from Other Libraries outside the I-Share consortium. This is created using your regular campus UserID and password. This method is used to obtain books and journal articles from beyond our normal consortium or package plans. 

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.



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. Log in to your I-Share account. (The default is to search “All I-Share Libraries”.)  Once you locate the item you want, click the Request button and designate the receiving location. See a short video demonstrating various "VuFind" account options: Book Renewals and I-Share Borrowing


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 items, try searching for your desired item in the SCOPUS database, as this interdisciplinary database will auto-complete the article details into the request form
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