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Borrow and Renew


Use the library catalog to find books and more in any of the UIC Library locations:

Borrow from Other Libraries

If an item is not available from UIC Library, you may borrow it from another library. Please check the CARLI I-Share Catalog first.


You can renew most borrowed items from UIC and CARLI I-Share libraries using your My Account:

UIC Items may be renewed up to ten (10) times.  When the renewal limit is reached, the patron must bring the item(s) to the library.  A library staff member will check the items in, and if the patron wants to take the UIC items out again, the staff member can re-check them out. 

CARLI I-Share items may be renewed up to 3 times by students and up to 6 times by Faculty and Academic Employees.  Non print materials may be checked out for 2 weeks, however, no renewals are allowed.  Upon reaching the renewal limit, CARLI I-Share items must be returned.

To renew items by phone, please call the circulation desk at your local UIC Library location:

Items borrowed through our Interlibrary Loan service are subject to the conditions imposed by the other institutions and are not usually renewable.

Loan Periods

Overdue Items?


Items borrowed from any UIC library may be returned to any other UIC library at the borrower’s convenience. There are book drop slots at the various library sites to allow returns when the Library is closed.

Books borrowed from other CARLI I-Share libraries may be returned to UIC Library. The Library will ship the book back to the other institution at no charge to the borrower.

Borrowing privileges

Any UIC Faculty, Student, or Staff with a valid i-card may borrow circulating materials from any library site. The i-card must be presented at the circulation desk when checking out materials.

Users in the professorial, administrative ranks, and users with disabilities who wish to grant authorization to allow someone to borrow items on their behalf, must complete a Proxy Borrowing Request Form.  Elgible users may designate anyone to borrow on their behalf, including family members and people affiliated with other institutions.

UIC users may be able to borrow from other institutions. Consult the Using Non-UIC Libraries page for additional information.


Current annual and life members of the University of Illinois Alumni Association in good standing can borrow books and other regularly circulating materials from University of Illinois libraries by presenting their valid UIAA membership card and a photo ID at the circulation desk.

Individual and Corporate Members

Individuals and corporations may purchase annual memberships that permit borrowing of regularly circulating materials from the UIC libraries. Consult the Visitors and Guests page for more information.

Online and Distance Education Students

For print books, you need an i-Card (UIC Student ID). This can be picked up on-campus. With your i-Card, you have options to borrow books from Non-UIC Libraries

If you are unable to visit campus for your i-Card but want to get one, please contact your home department.

Learn more about services and resources for online and distance education students (e.g. how to get articles through Interlibrary Loan).


Members of the general public are welcome to use library materials within the library.  Such patrons wishing to borrow a circulating item may contact the interlibrary loan department of their public library. Any questions about borrowing privileges may be directed to staff at the circulation desk.

Anyone entering the library after 5:00 p.m. on evenings, weekends, and all day on holidays when the library is open, must present their photo identification to staff at the front desk.


Individuals with visiting and temporary appointments need to obtain a UIC visitor card.  

A visitor should present a letter from the host department,  have the current UIC visitor card, and fill out a library patron information form to obtain library privileges for UIC materials only

The letter should include the visitor's status (e.g. scholar, faculty, graduate student, etc.).  The status will determine the type of loan period the visitor will have.  Borrowing privileges expire based on the card's expiration date.  Please note: not all visitors are accorded borrowing privileges.

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